Shakespeare: CONTENTS

William Shakespeare :


(Updated on 1006/08/2014)





  • The life of Shakespeare - a lesson
    "This lesson is about Shakespeare’s life. It provides students with an insight into the major events of his life."

  • Marvellous Metaphors - a lesson
    "This lesson looks at metaphors in general and then Shakespeare’s metaphors in more detail."

    "Improve your English language skills by looking at the life and works of William Shakespeare and his enduring popularity
    This free online course will look at the life and works of William Shakespeare and take you from his Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
    to the Globe Theatre in London, from where he secured his central place in English literature.
    We will look at five of Shakespeare’s plays with the help of actors and experts from around the world.
    They will explain and explore the universal themes Shakespeare addressed in his work.
    The plays are: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and Macbeth.
    Our video tutor will guide you through the course and look at some of the words and expressions that Shakespeare introduced to the English language.
    Short quizzes will check your understanding and you’ll be asked to share your ideas and opinions on the topics Shakespeare raises
  • Shakespeare and comedy - a lesson
    "This lesson provides students with an introduction to the features of Shakespearean comedy, highlighting the similarities
    between what contemporary audiences find funny and Shakespeare’s humour."

    Level: B2+
    Time: 90 minutes

  • Shakespeare's idioms: Lesson 1
    "This lesson teaches idioms which were all used or invented by Shakespeare.
    It uses specially created illustrations to show the connection between the individual words (e.g. night + owl) and the idiom as a whole (e.g. night owl).
    The lesson will give students an opportunity to use the idioms through the creation of a short skit."

  • Disguise and deception - a lesson
    "This lesson aims to introduce students to the historical and religious context of Shakespeare’s England
    through exploring the theme of disguise..."

  • Women in Shakespeare's plays - a lesson
    "This lesson examines the role of women in Shakespeare’s day (16th/17th century), and compares this
    with the roles and characters of some of the women in his plays."

  • King Richard and King John - a lesson
    "This lesson provides some background to the Magna Carta by looking at the key characters of King Richard and King John, one loved, one hated. It gives students listening practice and develops a set of vocabulary to talk about personality."

  • Shakespeare and comedy
    "This lesson provides students with an introduction to the features of Shakespearean comedy, highlighting the similarities between 
    what contemporary audiences find funny and Shakespeare's humour. Suitable for students at B2+ level."

    Lesson plan
    Comedy cards for Warmer

  • Shakespeare and violence
    "This lesson is about execution in Shakespeare's time. It provides students with an understanding of the violent background to Shakespeare's writings and also aims to raise students' awareness of the very public nature of executions in the playwright's  lifetime.
    This lesson contains explicit reference to violent punishment, torture and death. It is therefore recommended that you only use this lesson
    if you are confident that none of your students will be made to feel upset or uncomfortable by its content."

    Lesson plan
    Student worksheet
    Crime and punishment cards for Task 5

  • Plays and Plots
    "This lesson provides an introduction to plays and plots. It explores the differences between plays and films with a reading comprehension. It introduces different emotions with a word search. It looks briefly at the basic elements of some Shakespeare plays and gives students an opportunity to devise a simple plot. Students will practise their speaking and reading skills."
    Topics: Differences between plays and films; plots and emotions

    Lesson plan + Worksheet

  • Shakespeare for teens : Why teach Shakespeare? / What should I teach? / How can I teach Shakespeare? / Conclusion

  • Analyzing Shakespeare With Storyboards (


  • Madness in Shakespeare (LELE) - séquence pédagogique
    "Madness is a recurrent theme in Shakespeare's works. Through this se
    lection of texts and paintings, you will discover the range of aesthetic an dramatic functions assumed by insanity in three of the bard's most famous tragedies..."


  • "Shakespeare is elementary !" - grades 2 and 3 (



  • Shakespeare Field Trip - Objectives :
    " Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:
    - Describe Stratford and compare it to their environment
    - Construct a Shakespeare timeline with at least ten important events
    - List at least three ways Elizabethan speech was different from theirs
    - Describe the Globe and explain why it was reconstructed
    - Discuss the significance of the London plague including conditions during the plague and its relationship to Shakespeare
    - Define sonnet, including an example of one of Shakespeare's sonnets
    - Access Shakespeare's work online"



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