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Teaching Resources

Explore our range of teaching resources for school, home educators, or to enhance a trip to Shakespeare's family homes

Teaching level
English Speakers English Learners Other Languages
Topic
Shakespeare’s Plays
Resource type

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 school 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.

EFL An Active Introduction to Macbeth

Teaching level
A2B1 / IELTS 4.0-5.0B2 / IELTS 5.5-6.5
Topic
Macbeth
Resource type
Classroom resource

This is a fun first interaction with the story of the Scottish play. This introduction makes use of an easy drama technique called ‘whoosh’ that involves the entire class.

Espresso Shakespeare

Teaching level
Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)
Topic
Much Ado About NothingRomeo and JulietThe Tempest
Resource type
Classroom resource

This external website has been designed to help you make informed links between Shakespeare’s plays for classroom teaching. It includes play synopses with performance images, and extracts of key moments in the play as videos.

Playing for Shakespeare

Teaching level
Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)
Topic
Historical contextShakespeare's Language
Resource type
Interactive

An interactive game that tackles the challenges of introducing two Shakespeare plays at Key Stage 3 without compromising on educational content or historical accuracy.

Hall's Croft - KS3 / 4 Pupil Activity Booklet

Teaching level
Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)
Topic
Historical context
Resource type
Museum activity

Bring your Hall's Croft visit to life with these student activity booklets for KS3/4 and the connected teacher's guide.

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