Use this lesson to examine the role of women in Shakespeare's plays with secondary or adult learners of CEFR Level B2 and above. 

Two female characters in Shakespeare's play 'Twelfth Night'


This lesson examines the role of women in England during Shakespeare's lifetime and compares this with some of the female characters in his plays. 

Learners begin by reflecting on different female character types in Shakespeare's work, then read a text about the roles of women during this period and in Shakespeare's plays. They learn the meanings of a range of adjectives used to describe character and personality. They finish the lesson by sharing information about two Shakespearean heroines.  


The role of women in the times and plays of Shakespeare

Learning outcomes:

  • Read a text about women in Shakespeare's times and plays and explain key concepts
  • Use a range of adjectives to describe personality and character
  • Describe the key events in the lives of two Shakespearean heroines

Age and level: 

13-17, Adults (B2+)


Approximately 70 minutes


The materials can be downloaded below in PDF format. 

  • Lesson plan
  • Student worksheet 
  • Task 5 worksheet
Lesson plan276.57 KB


Submitted by WhatifMann on Mon, 03/09/2020 - 22:28

Is the PowerPoint mentioned in the lesson plan available?

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 03/10/2020 - 14:32

In reply to by WhatifMann


The Powerpoint for this lesson is no longer available I'm afraid, but the images you need are all in the student worksheet, which you could project if you have the equipment in the classroom. Alternatively, students can refer to the printed worksheet.

Best wishes,


TE Team

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