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This lesson provides students with the opportunity to revise their knowledge of the plot and characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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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...

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This lesson aims to introduce students to the historical and religious context of Shakespeare’s England through exploring the theme of...

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This lesson is intended to introduce students to the theme of disguise and to the play Much Ado About Nothing.

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This is a series of extension activities to be used alongside our Shakespeare lesson plans for teens.

King Lear and Cordelia
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This lesson is about Shakespeare’s play King Lear. It provides students with a summary of the plot of through text and cartoon strip....

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This lesson will introduce students to one of Shakespeare’s best known plays: Macbeth.

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This lesson introduces the concept of telling lies and gets students to discuss this.

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Students discuss questions about lies and deception in Shakespeare's Othello.

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This lesson will introduce students to one of Shakespeare’s best known plays: Macbeth. It will focus in particular on the character of...

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This lesson looks at metaphors in general and then Shakespeare’s metaphors in more detail.

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This lesson is about Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice and has been written primarily for students who are already familiar with...

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This lesson is an introduction to Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice.

Othello
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This lesson uses Othello to explore early modern and contemporary attitudes to race and gives students supported practice in analysing...

Masks of comedy and tragedy
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This lesson provides an introduction to plays and plots. It explores the differences between plays and films with a reading...

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The lesson looks at stereotypes and attitudes towards women and different race in Shakespeare’s time.

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This lesson provides students with information about Shakespeare’s history play Richard III, and raises awareness of how Shakespeare...

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This lesson encourages an exploration of how the meaning of the word ‘tragedy’ has evolved since Shakespeare’s time.

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This lesson is about the popular and tragic Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet.

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This lesson provides students with an introduction to the features of Shakespearean comedy, highlighting the similarities between what...

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This lesson is about Shakespeare’s family. It provides students with an insight into his family background with a focus on use of the...

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This lesson is based around the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. It looks at the themes and language that Shakespeare uses to describe...

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This lesson is based around the famous balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. It looks at the themes and language that...

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This lesson is all about manipulation and Shakespeare’s play Richard III.

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This lesson is about the life of William Shakespeare and his family, and their relationship with money.

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This lesson encourages an exploration of how the meaning of the word ‘tragedy’ has evolved since Shakespeare’s time. It provides students...
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This lesson provides students with examples of violence in plays such as Macbeth, Richard III and Titus Andronicus.

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Hamlet is one of a series of lesson plans to accompany the short animated videos of five of Shakespeare’s plays on LearnEnglish Teens...

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This lesson teaches idioms which were all used or invented by Shakespeare. It uses specially created illustrations to show the...

Shakespeare's language
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According to linguist David Crystal, only 5 to 10 per cent of Shakespearean English is different from modern English. However, even that...

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