Time line of Shakespeare's life

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Shakespeare is Elementary!

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!

  • After researching 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 present.

  • 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 own words.

  • Write advice letters to characters such as Hamlet, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, etc. warning about making 'good' choices.

  • Design costumes for different characters.

  • 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 live.

  • Draw favourite scenes from the plays.

  • Create menus from some of the banquet scenes based on what might have been eaten then.

  • 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 stereotypes.

  • 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 are thinking.

  • 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 voice range.

**If you are going to use these ideas in a publication or workshop, please give us the credit!  Thank you!