|Time line of Shakespeare's
recommend these plays
Our production of "A
Midsummer Night's Dream"
Ideas for teachers
Books and videos we liked
Shakespeare web sites for
kids and teachers
Articles written about us
Our visit with Hamlet
Our visit with
"Shakespeare By The Sea"
Producing a Play/Twelfth Night
Here is a list of some of the things
we have done in class**. With just a few adjustments, the
activities may certainly be used for any book/author the
children are reading. Please contact me with questions,
comments, or suggestions!
Shakespeare's life from several resources,
compile a timeline of the
major events of his life. Have children recreate
journals, pictures and news articles from this
event in the character of someone who was
Brainstorm pairs of
characters (ie. Romeo and Juliet, Viola and
Sebastian, Peter Quince and one of his actors,
Puck and Oberon, etc) write Valentine letters to
each other in character.
Act out specific scenes from
plays in their own words.
Take a direct quote and show
it to the class. Have them re-write it in their
Write advice letters to
characters such as Hamlet, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth,
etc. warning about making 'good' choices.
Design costumes for
Research Shakespeare's time
and do past, present, and future comparisons.
Draw maps of areas mentioned
in the plays or label a world map to look at the
areas mentioned in relation to where the children
Draw favourite scenes from
Create menus from some of
the banquet scenes based on what might have been
Pick characters and give
them modern day jobs.
Discuss female characters in
the plays and look at characteristics we might
admire and those we might not. Examine
Make posters for The Globe
advertising upcoming plays.
Outline a stage on graph
paper and using multiplication arrays decide how
many squares items on the stage may take up. ie.
a bed may be 6x3
Draw characters in scenes
and give them thought bubbles telling what they
Assign parts from
adaptations of plays and read out loud as a
group. Switch characters after each scene so
everyone gets a chance and stays interested.
Write letters to characters
as other characters.
Create lists of the
ingredients that might go into some of the
potions and brews.
Create T-tables of the pros
and cons of the actions characters take. ie.
Romeo and Juliet getting married secretly.
Select passages and choral
read in groups. Have children be LOUD for one
part, quiet for another, or have them divide
themselves according to low, medium and high
**If you are going
to use these ideas in a publication or workshop, please give
us the credit!