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A Midsummer Night's Dream Tic Tac Toe

Complete three of nine projects on A Midsummer Night's Dream to make a tic-tac-toe! Includes a rubric for assessment.

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Acting in Shakespeare and Classical Plays

This one page handout is a great guide for students to keep in mind when performing the Bard and other classical works.

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Character Development: Shakespeare

It's easy to ignore character development in a Shakespeare monologue. There's so many other things to think about! But it's doubly important to pay attention to your character – the character is what makes your monologue come to life. Learn how to make Shakespeare character come to life.

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One Question and Rubric: Shakespeare

The format is simple. One question, one answer, and a rubric all on the same sheet. Use these answers as exit slips, as a follow up written assignment after a class discussion, or as a mid-unit check in. Covers Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet: Prince of Denmark, The Tempest, Othello, Macbeth, and The Taming of the Shrew.

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Practical Approaches to Shakespeare in the Drama Classroom eBook

Shakespeare is one of the greatest resources a drama teacher can have. But teaching it can be a challenge. Practical Approaches to Shakespeare in the Drama Classroom by Julie Hartley, helps drama teachers break down the Bard to make his themes, language and characters accessible to all.

This resource can help teachers overcome the potential challenge of making Shakespeare relatable through practical and engaging methods designed specifically for the classroom. This informative e-book contains in-depth analysis strategies, conversation topics, character studies and more.

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Romeo and Juliet: Tic Tac Toe

Complete three of nine projects on Romeo and Juliet to make a tic-tac-toe! Includes a rubric for assessment.

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Shakespeare Exercise: Physicalizing the Punctuation

Use this exercise with the Shakespeare you are studying (or the included monologue) to answer the question: how can punctuation give clues an actor can use to help act the scene?

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Shakespeare Exercise: Tomb Scene

This exercise encourages students to examine the language of a scene for clues on character action. Shakespeare often tells actors exactly what to “do.”

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Shakespeare Insults Exercise

If you want students to get comfortable with Shakespeare’s language, use insults. The objective of this exercise is to get students to use their voice and body as they practice words outside their natural normal vocabulary. To understand the statement: “Words do not mean what they mean, words mean what you intend them to mean.”

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