William Shakespeare Resources - 30 Minute Scripts, Escape Rooms, Drama Unit

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Teaching William Shakespeare? This bundle of Shakespeare resources will be your best friend! You get a full unit for any play, 30-minute adapted scripts for 8 of William Shakespeare’s plays, resources for teaching Shakespeare's language, two best-selling Escape Rooms, and additional support for academic writing. (grades 6-10)

If you are looking to add rigor and increase engagement in your drama unit, look no further. Students will:

  • Study Shakespeare’s language and style
  • Act in an abridged Shakespeare play
  • Play escape room games to review key concepts

This William Shakespeare Resource Bundle Contains:

Introduction to Shakespeare Escape Room

Use this Introduction to Shakespeare game as a digital breakout activity (using a Google Site & Form), a paper Escape Room, or a blended version of the two. It has been designed to take 45-60 minutes and covers the Globe Theatre, Shakespeare’s Life, and Elizabethan London.

What You Get:

  1. Nine core texts providing an overview of The Globe Theatre, William Shakespeare's life, and Elizabethan London
  2. Supplementary texts and puzzles to enrich student understanding of the parts of the Globe and Elizabethan trades
  3. Complete digital capability (site & form linked in resource)
  4. Elizabethan Fact Sheet & Questions for extended research
  5. A quiz
  6. Student Notes Sheets
  7. A full Teacher's Guide with set-up options, a printing checklist, and an Answer Key
  8. A poster for your door. ;)

Shakespeare in 30: 8 Play BundleEight plays in my Shakespeare in 30 collection. This series includes 8 of William Shakespeare’s plays, adapted for teens to tackle in a half an hour. You can use these scripts for Reader's Theatre (1-2 class periods), Staged Readings (one week), or full productions (3-4 weeks+). These resources have been tested with students in grades 6-12.

What You Get:

- A full Teacher's Guide:

  • Teaching Drama in ELA & Questions to Consider
  • Guide to a Staged Reading (Making the Most of One Week)
  • Tips for Teaching Shakespeare
  • Evaluating Drama
  • Director's Notes (and blank version)

- An editable script

- Shakespeare's Language Worksheets:

  • Iambic Pentameter
  • Thou vs. You

- Editable Extension Activities:

  • Character Analysis + Rubric
  • Performance Review + Rubric
  • Soft Skills Rubric

Shakespeare's Language Webquest

Start your William Shakespeare unit with this webquest where students complete activities and exercises to understand Shakespeare's contributions to English, his vocabulary, the rhythm of iambic pentameter, and key grammatical points.

What You Get:

  1. Bell ringer task - with or without a QR code
  2. Shakespeare's Language Webquest
  3. Independent Practice Activity/Homework
  4. Answer Key
  5. Shakespeare's Grammar Presentation & Practice (.pdf - view in "Full Screen Mode" and click through like you would a PPT)

Shakespeare & STEM Creative Writing

Students write a friendly letter to William Shakespeare to describe an invention or innovation that has happened since his lifetime. This is the perfect way to incorporate some descriptive, STEM writing into your Shakespeare unit. This editable resource includes a project description, choice of two rubrics, and a brainstorming sheet.

What You Get:

  1. Project Page with description, rubric, and brainstorming sheet (editable)
  2. Choice of points-based or standards-based rubrics (editable)
  3. Low-print options

Using Source Quotes in Literary AnalysisIntroduce the idea of integrating sources in literary analysis, using the format of introduce, cite, and explain (ICE). It also distinguishes between direct quotes and paraphrases of an author's work. Students begin to hone this skill using selected quotes from William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. This resource includes materials to use as a traditional worksheet or with interactive notebooks.

What You Get:

  1. A scaffolded introduction with examples and practice for integrating citations
  2. Independent practice with Ready Rubrics
  3. Suggested answers
  4. Two layout suggestions for your ISNs
  5. A fully-editable version of the homework assignment and quiz option
  6. Bellringers for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet Escape Room

This review activity for Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is a series of puzzles covering plot, character, figurative language, conflict, and quote identification. You can present this as a Breakout Box (groups work at their desks) or as an Escape Room (groups seek clues you’ve hidden in the classroom). It has been designed to take 30-40 minutes.

What You Get:

  1. Four tasks (plot, character, quotes, and close reading) with instructions and clues
  2. Four station cards
  3. "You've Been Poisoned!" cards (for optional increased difficulty)
  4. Student Answer Sheets
  5. A full Teacher's Guide with set-up options, a printing checklist, and an Answer Key
  6. A poster for your door. ;)

Drama Unit for Interactive Notebooks

Resources for helping you set up a drama unit in Interactive Notebooks for older students. These lessons, activities, and assessments provide rigor and motivation for students, while still maintaining some cutting and gluing elements of ISNs to create a lifelong reference tool.

What You Get:

  1. Set-Up PPT for ISNs
  2. Editable Unit Calendar (for you), Unit Overview (for your students), and Rubrics for ISNs
  3. Detailed explanations and templates for five spread types
  4. Lesson & foldable on Dramatic Plot Structure
  5. Drama Terms Foldables and Quiz
  6. Literary Quote Analysis Introduction, Editable HW, and quiz sheets
  7. Four acting mini-lessons: Parts of the Stage, Blocking, Dramatic Space/Levels, and Using the Voice.
  8. Character Foldable & Essay w/Rubric
  9. Information and resources for directing a class play
  10. Improv ideas for the ELA classroom
  11. Drama Terms Bingo
  12. Reader's Theatre Activity (editable)
  13. Program Template for Drama, Music, Graduations, and More (editable)

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What are teachers saying…

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “AMAZING!  This really helped my students to understand and enjoy Shakespeare, especially the escape rooms.  All the activities and scripts are high quality, useful, and fun.  Thank you!” - Kelli H.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Thank you for the time, energy, and creativity that went into this, and thank you so much for sharing!” - TeachingOnCaffeine 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Great ideas, and super convenient to use and integrate into the classroom.” - Melissa D. 

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