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Crime and punishment in Shakespeare's time

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This lesson focuses on crime and punishment in Shakespeare’s time. It aims to develop students' topic-related vocabulary by introducing them to new words and phrases in the context of a short reading activity on the subject of sixteenth century crime and punishment. Finally, it provides students with the chance to develop their awareness of Shakespearean criminals by taking part in a courtroom role play.

Topic: Crime and punishment in Shakespeare’s time

Level: B1/B2

Time: 80 minutes


  • To develop students’ vocabulary associated with crime and punishment
  • To give students practice of speaking (presenting an argument)
  • To develop students’ awareness of crime and punishment in Shakespeare’s times

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