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Elementary Shakespeare

Teaching Modules and Techniques for Younger Students


Shakespeare Steps Out

Shakespeare is for everybody—and that includes elementary school students! Many performance-based teaching strategies work very successfully with younger students, getting them up on their feet and interacting with the text cognitively, physically, and vocally.

For ideas to use in your classroom, check out our webinar on teaching Shakespeare in elementary and middle school s, lesson plans for primary level students,  teacher to teacher videos, and an NPR feature on second grade students reading Macbeth.



Elementary Education Webinar, Recorded October 2011

Teaching Modules for Elementary School Students:



Move It, Shakespeare

Shakespeare Storyboard: Pre-Reading the Play

A Boxful of Character

Stomping and Romping with Shakespeare

Shakespeare Sound Out: Building the Atmosphere



When Shall We Three Meet Again?

Shakespeare Sound Out: Building the Atmosphere


Merchant of Venice

A Casket, A Casket


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Fairy Fair, Truth or Dare

Six Characters In Search of a Play

Six Characters In Search of a Play: Part 2

Shakespeare Sound Out: Building the Atmosphere


Romeo and Juliet

Starr-Crossed Scramble

Plotting the Prologue


The Tempest

Message In a Bottle

The Tempest: Picture Poems


Twelfth Night

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words



"My_is nothing like_"

"Shall I Compare...?" Sonnet 18

"When...Then...So..." Sonnet 29



"Occupation Romeo" introduces students to character and delivery. This lively, short exercise is a great way to begin a play or Shakespeare unit! Teachers describe "Living Iambic Pentameter" as "great" for the classroom and a fun, effective introduction to the rhythm of Shakespeare's language. And click here for our Teacher to Teacher Series, elementary edition.

For DC and PG County Schools
Shakespeare Steps Out, a local outreach program of Folger Education for area public schools, brings teaching artists to your classroom for an introduction to Shakespeare's language and student performance.

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Children's Shakespeare Festival

In The Shop

Shakespeare Can Be Fun Series

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Shakespeare Steps Out Elementary School Program


On NPR: Second Graders Take on Macbeth


Setting Shakespeare Free

Whetting the Appetite Engaging Elementary Students

Believe and Move Elementary Enthusiasm for Shakespeare

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