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.
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.
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?
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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