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Shakespeare – Teacher Resources

We have dozens of resources about Shakespeare – from teacher's literature guides, to lesson plans, to art activities. You'll find plenty of ways to help your students appreciate the Bard's plays and poetry. Our teacher's guides to Shakespeare's works have many components: activities for understanding and appreciating the plays, lively discussion questions, summaries of the plays, and extension ideas. The lesson plans, art activities, and other resources will allow you to use the study of Shakespeare in a variety of classroom settings.


Shakespeare's Plays

Teaching Guides

The Tempest
King Lear
The Taming of the Shrew
As You Like It
Romeo and Juliet
Twelfth Night
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Teacher's Guide to Studying Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing
Julius Caesar
Richard III
Romeo and Juliet Curriculum Guide
Hamlet Curriculum Guide
Henry IV, Part 1 Curriculum Guide
Macbeth Curriculum Guide
Othello Curriculum Guide
A Midsummer Night's Dream Curriculum Guide
Julius Caesar Curriculum Guide
Twelfth Night Curriculum Guide
The Merchant of Venice Teacher's Guide
Antony and Cleopatra
Henry IV Part I

Lesson Plans

Using a Double-Entry Journal with Shakespeare's Hamlet


Romeo and Juliet – Comprehension Check Act I
An Introduction to Shakespeare's Language
William Shakespeare
Conventions of Shakespeare's Staging
Romeo and Juliet Focusing Activities - Prologue and Act I
Shakespeare's Globe Theater
Romeo and Juliet - Extending Activities V
A Midsummer Night's Dream – Act II, Vocabulary
Henry V
Romeo and Juliet – Comprehension Check Act III
Romeo and Juliet – Language Exploration: Metaphor Act III
Romeo and Juliet - Romeo Act I Guide to Character Development
More Shakespeare Printables

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