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Teaching level
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Topic
Shakespeare’s Plays
Resource type

EFL A Midsummer Night's Dream Plot Summary

Teaching level
B1 / IELTS 4.0-5.0B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5C1 / IELTS 7.0-8.0C2 / IELTS 8.5-9.5
Topic
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Resource type
Classroom resource

This is a two-page plot summary of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ideal to familiarise your students with the what and whereabouts in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Quiz

Teaching level
Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)B1 / IELTS 4.0-5.0B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5C1 / IELTS 7.0-8.0C2 / IELTS 8.5-9.5
Topic
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Resource type
Classroom resource

Take this quiz to review basic plot points and facts about A Midsummer Night's Dream.

An Active Introduction to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Teaching level
Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)B1 / IELTS 4.0-5.0B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5C1 / IELTS 7.0-8.0C2 / IELTS 8.5-9.5
Topic
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Resource type
Classroom resource

This is a fun first contact with the story of a magical midsummer night full of lost lovers and fairies. This introduction makes use of an easy drama technique that involves the entire class.

Creative Writing: Puck's Point-of-view Story

Teaching level
Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5C1 / IELTS 7.0-8.0C2 / IELTS 8.5-9.5
Topic
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Resource type
Classroom resource

This writing prompt gives students the opportunity to write Puck's story.

Snappy Shakespeare Script: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Teaching level
B1 / IELTS 4.0-5.0B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5
Topic
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Resource type
Classroom resource

This reduced script tells a story using lines from the play to get students familiar with the material. Perfect for a 20-minute classroom production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Library & Archives

Teaching level
A2
Topic
Historical context
Resource type
Classroom resource

Here at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust we have the world’s largest publicly accessible library and archive devoted to William Shakespeare, the sources of his plays and their history on the stage.

Timeline – Shakespeare’s Life and Times

Teaching level
Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)C1 / IELTS 7.0-8.0C2 / IELTS 8.5-9.5
Topic
Historical context
Resource type
Classroom resource

A one page visual representation of the major events in Shakespeare’s Life and Elizabethan England. Designed for printout on A3/Legal paper.

Loan Box

Teaching level
Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)
Topic
Historical context
Resource type
Classroom resource

Our loan box focuses on the development of church, state and society in Medieval and Renaissance Britain and is targeted at the KS3 History curriculum. Features illustrated resources to enhance your study of the replica items.

Annotating Macbeth

Teaching level
Key Stage 5 (ages 16+)C1 / IELTS 7.0-8.0C2 / IELTS 8.5-9.5
Topic
MacbethShakespeare's Language
Resource type
Classroom resource

This three page resource walks students through how to annotate, what to look for, and provides examples of some annotated text.

Shakespeare Week

Teaching level
Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7)Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11)
Topic
MacbethA Midsummer Night's DreamRomeo and JulietThe TempestHistorical contextShakespeare's Language
Resource type
Classroom resource

The Shakespeare Week website offers a huge variety of free educational resources for Key Stages 1 and 2 to download, adapt, and use across the curriculum.

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