Teaching Shakespeare: Quick Tips and a Download

Here are the quick tips:

  • Don’t be afraid.
  • Learn the stories first.
  • Read or watch exciting scenes from a play rather than tackling an entire play cold.
  • Find good community or college performances or watch a good movie version (watch for our movie list next week).
  • Read the plays out loud, together.
  • Don’t be afraid.

Okay, that’s the overview.  As for nuts and bolts, here’s a .pdf 12-page download with specific ideas for different age groups:


And here’s an 11-page .pdf download with detailed directions and scripts for an Elizabethan-style script reading, as Shakespeare’s acting company might have rehearsed the assassination scene from Julius Caesar.  This is a suggested activity for our Shakespeare birthday party.

Assassination of Julius Caesar

But even 12 pages won’t cover it.  For more ideas and links, see Emily’s post from a couple of years ago, as well as Megan’s collection of resources and our roundup of useful links.


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2 Responses to Teaching Shakespeare: Quick Tips and a Download

  1. Cami Klaus June 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    The link for the 12 page PDF with ideas for different age groups isn’t working. Is there any way that could be fixed or sent to me. I really am looking forward to teaching The Twelfth Night next year. Thank you.

  2. Sara April 15, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    Bullet #’s 1,2,5 & 6! I host a small group of tweenage girls and one of our activities is to read through a Shakespeare play. We started with Twelfth Night in the fall, and then read Macbeth for our second term. In our first meeting we read through the basic plot. The following ten weeks we read through the play divvying up parts at the beginning of each scene. It is amazing how much they’ve learned to roll with the apostrophe phrases, recognize and appreciate Shakespeare’s clever language devices, and even begun to “act.”

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