Any teacher of middle or high school students knows that emotions tend to run wild on Valentine's Day, and instead of fighting it, this lesson on Shakespearean language will help you to take advantage of the birds and the bees buzzing around in your classroom!
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.
- Meticulously laid-out lesson with objectives, warm-up, explanation, application, synthesis, and 2 extension activity ideas
- 2-sided worksheet of Shakespearean compliment/insult lists
Though this product is ideal for use on Valentine's Day, it really can be used all year long. I tend to save it for the day prior to school vacation. I hope that your students get a kick out of indulging in their heightened emotions for this lesson.
Also, check out these great Valentine's Day resources from Language Arts Excellence:
⭐ Valentine's Day Collaborative Writing Activity ⭐ Valentine's Day Figurative Language Practice ⭐ Valentine's Day Figurative Language in Love Songs PowerPoint ⭐ Valentine's Day Figurative Language in Love Songs Task Cards ⭐ Valentine's Day Love Song Figurative Language BUNDLE
⭐ Sonnet 130 Valentine's Day Lesson Plan ⭐ Sonnet 18 Valentine's Day Lesson Plan
⭐ Valentine's Day Mad Libs
⭐ Valentine's Day "Love Talk" Lesson Plan
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