Teaching Shakespeare can sometimes be a challenge, especially when students struggle with understanding the language or the relevancy of older works. This month we are featuring a number of activities to help students embrace Shakespeare and literacy in a fun new way. The activities ask students to modernize scenes from plays they may be studying, creatively investigate themes, or summarize important plot points. You can customize these activities to match the Shakespeare play you are studying in class or focus on a particular Act, Scene, character, or theme.
Students recreate one of the scenes from Romeo and Juliet in modern English.
Tragedy and Macbeth
A summary exercise illustrating a least 4 elements of tragedy in Macbeth.
Julius Caesar: My Favorite Scene
Students create a six-panel strip of their favorite scene from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Storyboarding
Students create story boards for an Act of their choice from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Human Nature in King Lear
Students create a comic that displays Shakespearean insights into human nature through King Lear.
Perspectives on Hamlet
Students create a comic illustrating their opinion on Hamlet’s character and psyche.
You can find more Shakespeare related activities in the Activity Library.