William Shakespeare Character Activity using Astrology - For Any Play

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The Literary Maven
Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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I actually used this resource for an observation day! The students were totally engaged and loved the astrology tie-in!


This is a great activity for analyzing the characters in any of William Shakespeare's plays. Included is an astrology packet comparing the descriptions of the zodiac signs in Shakespeare's time to modern day descriptions.

This activity can be printed, used digitally, or a combination of the two. The resource includes a print ready PDF as well as Google Drive versions (Docs, Slides, Forms, etc.) of all of the materials.

First, use a scavenger hunt to familiarize students with the character traits listed within each zodiac sign. Then have students choose zodiac signs for the main characters in the play. Students must provide at least two adjectives from the description of the signs that fit the character and two pieces of evidence to support their choice.


*Astrology information from Shakespeare’s time and modern day (PDF & Google Slides)

*Scavenger hunt & answer key (PDF & Google Form)

*Character analysis chart with samples for Romeo & Juliet and Julius Caesar (PDF & Google Docs)

*List of Common Core standards

*Usage guide

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Total Pages
8 Files
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.


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