Crime and punishment in Shakespeare's time

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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Submitted by kwhite021 on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 08:11


The link to the lesson plan seems to be down. I just wanted to bring it to someone's attention, hopefully it can be fixed soon, Thank you!

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 15:46


Hello, Thanks for bringing this to our attention - we have had a technical issue with the site, which is being worked on. I can open all of the links from this lesson now without any problems - could you try again, and let me know if it still doesn't work for you? Thanks, Cath

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