Shakespeare’s language can be difficult, especially for those with limited experience reading Shakespeare’s plays. Students need to develop some skills before they dive into any of Shakespeare’s works. The last thing we want is for students to find Shakespeare so hard that they give up trying to understand him.
These 21 bell ringers are designed to help students develop the skills they’ll need to tackle ANY Shakespeare play: Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream … you name it! They are sequenced so that students will gradually develop a set of tools to approach the Bard with success. However, you can use them in any order that you want or select only those skills you feel like your students need.
Each bell-ringer takes only five minutes to complete. You can do them as you read the play, or you can start them a few weeks before you begin reading Shakespeare so that your students are ready to go from day one.
Setting Through Dialogue
Stage Directions Through Dialogue
Check out these other resources that help make Shakespeare fun and engaging!
Shakespeare Biography Whiteboard Animation Video
Hamlet: Comic Summaries and Activities
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Comic Summaries and Activities
Macbeth: Comic Summaries and Activities
Romeo and Juliet: Comic Summaries and Activities
Intro to Shakespeare Activity Bundle
Other great resources:
Parts of Speech: Grammar Bundle
Sentence Problems (Common Writing Mistakes)
Middle School Language Arts Bundle
Vocabulary Cartoons: Roots and Affixes
Poetry Comics Bundle
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