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William Shakespeare for kids

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This lesson introduces learners to the life of William Shakespeare with the support of a short animated video.

Author: 
Rachael Ro

If learners do stage 2, they will develop their understanding of his legacy and discuss answers to a quiz in pairs and groups. If learners do stage 3, they will develop their speaking and prediction skills as well as their knowledge of life in England 400 years ago.

The optional projects in stages 2 and 3 will allow them to develop their research and collaborative working skills by finding out about a famous playwright or author from their country, or about life in their country 400 years ago.

Aims

  • Learners will develop strategies for watching and understanding a short video about the life of William Shakespeare (stage 1).
  • Learners will develop their understanding of Shakespeare's legacy by completing a quiz, and (optional) research a famous playwright or author from their country (stage 2).
  • Learners will develop their knowledge of life in England 400 years ago during Shakespeare's time and (optional) in their own country through completing research (stage 3).

Age

Older primary (9–11 years)

Time

1 x 45-minute lesson (you can choose to do stage 2 or stage 3 or both)

or

3 x 15-minute segments (longer if you choose to do the optional projects in stage 2 or stage 3)

Materials

The lesson plan and worksheets can be downloaded in PDF format below. 

The William Shakespeare video, worksheet and other materials can be accessed here:

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/short-stories/william-shakespeare

You will also need an image of William Shakespeare, and optionally access to computers or tablets.

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Language level
Language Level: 
Primary level 3

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