This resource features a growing bundle
of all of our best-selling lesson plans, materials, and activities for your unit on Shakespeare. Resources perfectly complement any Shakespearean play and can be used to introduce the unit (like the Elizabethan Mini-Unit, Scavenger Hunt, and PowerPoint), throughout the unit (Bell Ringers, Sonnet Lesson Plan, and "Death Lines" Activity), as a review (Shakespeare Escape Room), and even to decorate your classroom (Quote Posters). Each product is thoughtfully crafted and inspires students to delve deeply into Shakespeare's life and works. Lessons have all been classroom-tested and allow for differentiation while encouraging optimal student engagement. You will not find tedious lists of comprehension questions and vocabulary words in this bundle; instead you will find materials that will make Shakespeare relevant in the eyes of your students and bring the Bard to life!
Included in this Bundle:
⭐ Elizabethan England Mini-Unit
This is a differentiated mini-unit on Elizabethan England to prepare students for studying Shakespeare's works! It can be used as an introduction to any of Shakespeare's plays. It begins with a day of research into Shakespeare's life and times, then asks students to create a group collage on their topic and ultimately perform a presentation of their findings.
⭐ Shakespeare Scavenger Hunt: Introduction to the Author Activity
This Scavenger Hunt serves as an excellent introduction to the life and times of William Shakespeare. It encourages active learning as students must use what resources they have to discover answers to the 21 important questions about the man, the myth, the legend himself. Resource can be used to introduce a unit on any of Shakespeare's plays as it is designed to provide a full picture of both Shakespeare's life and times.
⭐ Introduction to Shakespeare Powerpoint
This is a powerpoint that offers a brief glimpse into the life and times of William Shakespeare. Also included are pictures of Stratford-Upon-Avon from personal travels. It takes about 30 minutes to teach. Teaching suggestion for full class lesson: I start each class will a KWL chart on Shakespeare. From there, I pass out a Shakespeare Scavenger Hunt (also sold in my TPT store) and instruct students to look for the answers during class and after school. I then go through the powerpoint and finish class with the hilarious youtube video, "Shakespeare, Brief and Naughty." It is an interactive and engaging class that packs a plethora of information about Shakespeare into a 50 minute period.
⭐Shakespeare ESCAPE ROOM
There is no wonder why escape rooms are so popular; they are highly engaging and encourage people to work together and think creatively in order to solve different puzzles... all while trying to beat the clock! This meticulously-crafted resource features all of the materials you need to conduct a full-length Shakespearean Escape Room. Planning an escape room may seem like quite the daunting task, but this product provides everything from the basics and set-up instructions to signs and answer keys so that yours runs smoothly from start to finish. The activity involves movement, energy, creative thinking and most of all, collaboration. Your students will be having so much fun that they won’t even realize the higher order thinking skills they are applying in the playing of this game.
⭐ 25 Shakespeare Bell Ringer Journal Prompts
This resource features a set of 25 reader response journal prompts for use during your unit on Shakespeare. Each bell ringer is comprised of a Shakespearean quote from one of his plays or sonnets and a thoughtfully crafted question that encourages students to personally connect and appreciate the timelessness of his work. Prompts can be used as bell-ringers (most popular and mean the first 5 minutes of every class for more than a month are planned for you!), summarizers, stations, full class or small group discussion questions, for homework, sub plans, as a filler activity… the possibilities are endless!
⭐ Sonnet 130 Lesson Plan
In this creative and engaging lesson plan, students will analyze one of Shakespeare's most famous love sonnets about the notorious Dark Lady and create their own original poetry inspired by the Bard. This resource provides step-by-step instructions using a format of warm-up, explanation, application, and synthesis with the aim to engage students from beginning to end. A teacher cheat sheet is also included with full notes on Sonnet 130 so no preparation is needed.
⭐ Shakespeare Valentine's Day Lesson Plan
This full-length lesson plan revolves around Shakespeare's mastery of the English language with an emphasis on his knack for coming up with the most compassionate of compliments and scathing of insults. Through a non-intimidating approach, students will have the opportunity to do a little bit of acting and make connections to modern day as they explore Shakespeare's language of love and hate. I am always astounded by the level of maturity of the discussion that arises from this activity as students discuss what makes a compliment or insult particularly effective and from whom it means the most. This is sure to be a lesson that you will use again and again on February 14th.
⭐ Shakespeare's "Death Lines" Lesson Plan
In this full-length lesson plan, students will closely examine the final lines of Shakespearean characters before their deaths (if you know Shakespeare, there are quite a few!). Following a mini-lesson on the importance of these final words, students will take part in the classic game, Mafia, with a unique, Shakespearean twist. I invented the take on this game several years ago and it has become one of my students' and my favorite days of the whole school year. There is truly nothing like seeing students having a great time while studying Shakespeare. I am confident that your students will love it too!
⭐ William Shakespeare Quote Posters
Make your classroom pop with this set of 25 beautifully-made posters featuring quotes from William Shakespeare. Each 7.5 x 7.5 (square) PDF poster contains a noteworthy quote from one of the Bard's plays imposed over a stunning photograph that will spruce up your ELA classroom. The square format is reminiscent of Instagram and makes for an eye-catching arrangement on your wall or bulletin board. I suggest laminating the posters and using them not just during your Shakespeare unit, but all year long.
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