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Shakespeare for Children

Introducing the Bard to Young Learners

When should students first be exposed to the world famous works of William Shakespeare? Should it be during high school or college years? Isn't it true that Shakespeare is inaccessible for most modern readers and certainly for all children?

No, not at all. The nuances of language may be out of the reach of elementary students, but the stories of Shakespeare's plays are well within their grasp.

Although your ultimate goal is for your children to read and enjoy Shakespeare's original works, don't wait until they can before offering them a taste of these classic works. Child-appropriate chunks of the Bard's works will lay a foundation for reading his original works later. At that time, they can focus their attention on the beautiful turns of phrase and poetic descriptions rather than the complicated plot lines which they already understand.

Tales From Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Charles Lamb and his sister Mary together wrote these prose adaptations of Shakespeare's plays intended for young readers. This book is in the public domain and can be found online for free.

Visit Tales from Shakespeare at Main Lesson.

Or for a free PDF download (or many other ebook formats), go to Manybooks.net.

In addition, free audio recordings of the stories can be found at Librivox.org.

Homeschool Mate has nicely matched the text of the stories (including the original illustrations) with MP3 files from Librivox so you can follow along as you listen. This site is very convenient if you want the text and the audio in one spot.

Tales From Shakespeare
Tales From Shakespeare

In this volume, a selection of Charles and Mary Lamb’s classic prose retellings of Shakespeare’s plays are beautifully illustrated by acclaimed artist Joille Jolivet. (Note that not all 20 plays are included in this book.)

 


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Since Shakespeare's works are available so widely, there is no excuse not to have some plays and poetry in your home library. Used book stores, garage sales, and thrift stores always have paperback dramas. You can also find complete texts online for free!

Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit

Edith Nesbit was a prolific children's author of the late 1800s and early 1900s. You may be familiar with her novels Five Children and It or The Railway Children. She also rewrote twenty of Shakespeare's plays to make them accessible to younger readers.

These stories are in the public domain.

Find Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare at Main Lesson.

Or for a free PDF download (or many other ebook formats), go to Manybooks.net.

In addition, audio recordings of the stories can be found at Librivox.org.

Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)

Edith Nesbit's retellings are wonderfully engaging! These are the ones I have used to introduce my daughter to Shakespeare.

 

Plantagenet Plots: Shakespeare's Stories of the Middle Ages

The histories of Shakespeare are often neglected when it comes to renditions for children. No longer! Kelly Green has written the history of the Plantagenet kings in her novel Plantagenet Plots. This book is not only a great introduction to Shakespeare but also to the history of the Middle Ages, specifically the Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses.

Plantagenet Plots: Shakespeare's Stories of the Middle Ages
Plantagenet Plots: Shakespeare's Stories of the Middle Ages

Plantagenet Plots: Shakespeare's Stories of the Middle Ages includes retellings of four of William Shakespeare's Plantagenet history plays: Richard II, both parts of Henry IV, and Henry V. These stories focus on the needs of modern readers and audiences. They preserve the best of Shakespeare's beautiful language, but incorporate the historical details and context we don't necessarily know today. Loaded with illustrations from the Middle Ages through the nineteenth century, each story concludes with a chapter considering Shakespeare as historian--what did he change, make up or get wrong? Appendices include suggestions for further reading, recommendations on how to experience the plays through film and audio, maps, and a geneology of the Plantagenet family. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

 

What About You?

What is Your Favorite Way to Learn About Shakespeare?

  • go see a play performed at the theater
  • read a play outloud
  • listen to an audio recording of a play read aloud
  • watch a pre-recorded performance on DVD (or other format)
See results without voting


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My assumption is that if you're landing on this page, you already believe that Shakespeare is worthy of being studied. But if you'd like some well thought reasoning as to exactly why or some ideas about exactly how to do it, read some of the articles below.

Here is a reference book for the teacher --how-tos and whys for teaching Shakespeare.

The Shakespeare Guru's Guide to Getting Shakespeare Alive!
The Shakespeare Guru's Guide to Getting Shakespeare Alive!

I was not aware of this book until the author sent me a preview copy. (Thanks, Martha!)

I was very impressed with the concise way she explained how Shakespeare's plays were originally performed and how modern theater has drastically changed them often to the detriment of enjoyment or even comprehension.

This book will guide your own philosophy of teaching Shakespeare and also provide a few acting activities that gets children engaged with the plays. Highly recommended.

 

Some of these printables are my own creation; others are links I've discovered online.

Be sure to click over to this Flickr set of Mad House Academy's Shakespeare Study photos. You're sure to be inspired by how she used many of the printables available here. Have Fun- Live Life blog also shows some great Shakespeare lapbook photos.

These pages are great for the little learners or for a notebook or lapbook cover.


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For a quiz about Shakespeare, see this link.

  1. Shakespeare was the oldest child in his family. He had seven siblings!
  2. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, in the country of England on April 23, 1564.
  3. He married a woman named Anne Hathaway, and together they had three children -- Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith.
  4. Shakespeare wrote his first play when he was about 25 years old.
  5. Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets during his career.
  6. Shakespeare actually performed in some of his plays as an actor!
  7. Shakespeare wrote his own epitaph -- the words on his tombstone. In it, he cursed anyone who would dare to move his bones. And it worked! Although it was commonplace to move previously buried bones to make room for new bodies, Shakespeare's bones were never moved!

The Globe Theater

In 1599, once Shakespeare had become an established playwright, he and some others bought the Globe Theater.

For a fantastic, kid-friendly interactive and virtual tour of the Globe, visit The Virtual Globe. Far more than just images, this site will teach your children all about the theater during Elizabethan England.

For a free, printable paper craft model of The Globe, visit Paper Toys.

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Your Favorite Plays

What is your favorite type of drama?

  • tragedies
  • comedies
  • histories
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Shakespeare -- Master of Coining New Words and Inventing Phrases

Shakespeare was a master of the English language. He coined or made up hundreds of new words that are still used today! For more information and examples, visit this link.

The Notebooking Fairy offers free printable notebooking pages especially for listing Shakespeare's coined words and expressions.

For more of his phrases, visit this link. And for some rowdy fun, try the Shakespeare Insult Generator.

Here is a sampling of words and phrases which Shakespeare introduced to our language:

  • bump
  • luggage
  • zany
  • watchdog
  • dwindle
  • hobnob
  • lapse
  • swagger
  • yelping
  • as dead as a doornail
  • at one fell swoop
  • in a pickle
  • there's method in my madness

Tales from Shakespeare - Picture Book Shakespeare

For a highly visual learner or for the youngest children, these picture books written and illustrated by Marcia Williams are a great choice. They cover a wide sampling of Shakespeare's plays using a combination of comic book style retellings and actual quotes.

The second book in the set is More Tales from Shakespeare.

Tales from Shakespeare
Tales from Shakespeare

Includes versions of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Winter's Tale, Julius Caesar, Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Tempest, The stories are portrayed on a stage, with cartoon panels carrying the actions and direct quotations from the play. The author's narration appears below the panels.

 

William Shakespeare & the Globe - An Excellent Picture Book

William Shakespeare & the Globe (Trophy Picture Books)
William Shakespeare & the Globe (Trophy Picture Books)

I have this book in our Shakespeare collection. I think it's fabulous. This oversized picture book is full of adorable illustrations, quotations, and facts about both Shakespeare and his Globe Theater. The story brings The Globe into the modern day with current reconstruction efforts.

 

If you're looking for free Shakespeare images in the public domain, try these links.

Please feel free to express your thoughts here. If you found my free printables helpful at all, please let me know. It really makes my day!


 Last updated on September 26, 2012

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Shakespeare for Children Guestbook 145 comments

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CynthiaWetzel 6 years ago from Michigan

Shakespeare is the best! I definitely enjoyed this lens. During my college years, I attended a Shakespeare festival in Stratford (Canada). This lens brought back many memories. Thank you!


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Roving Band 6 years ago

It's great to be in the "Get Kids Reading" group with you!


anonymous 6 years ago

Thank you so much for all these great resources! I'm in the process of planning a year of Shakespeare with my grade 10 daughter and this has been so helpful!


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eccles1 6 years ago

what a great idea for the children too

you did good I bet even Shakespeare is

happy with your lens!


anonymous 6 years ago

Your site has been a wonderful help for resources and printables! Thanks for all of the time you put into this! Can't wait to start our study of Shakespeare.


anonymous 6 years ago

You have some great info here. Thanks!


anonymous 6 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this information. Your site is brilliant:)


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annetteghallowe1 6 years ago

I got a Shakespeare for Children tape set for my daughter when she was in elementary school. The tapes introduced her to Shakespeare and created a love for his plays. In high school, her understanding of Shakespeare was far ahead of many of her peers. She is now starting university and majoring in theater. Guess what? She can't wait to ty her hand at Shakespeare! Great lens! 5*


anonymous 6 years ago

Hi Jimmie,

You're inspired me to include Shakespeare in my plan for this year too. Thanks for your great plan full of lots of ideas!

Rachael (www.homeschoolblogger.com/4kiwigirls)


anonymous 6 years ago

Thank you for this!!As always, I love using your resources for our home learning :)

Blessings~

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anonymous 6 years ago

Hi Jimmie - I am not a homeschooler, but with the amount of homework my children get, I sometimes think I am! I will definitely be coming back to this lens for help when my children do Shakespeare in literacy at school!

I can also recommend a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon for anyone visiting the UK, it is very beautiful!


anonymous 6 years ago

Love all


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lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

Love Shakespeare. Love reading to my children. Love this lens. 5*


anonymous 6 years ago

thanks for all the work you did in putting this together. its awesome!


anonymous 6 years ago

ilove the play julius caesar as it is a trajedy


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Sniff It Out 6 years ago

What a great lens and a fantastic resource!

I think that a good play for the kids would be King Lear, it brings home what values we should have I think.


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Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

Before quitting to become a stay at home mom, I was a high school English teacher. My students loved Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

Great lens!


Erikamomof2 5 years ago

Love this lens of course all your lens are very informative and helpful. Thanks for visiting my lens the other day on chickens. I am using your idea of collecting info in a lens form to organize ideas for another lens and my daughter is working on one for a school project. Great way to organize my thoughts, links etc on a subject that I need to research and to help teach my daughter some computor skills as well and share her info with others.

Erika in Mississippi


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JessicaT2008 5 years ago

Great lens! I have always loved Much Ado About Nothing.....hysterical! Thanks so much for sharing! 5 stars!


anonymous 5 years ago

i love the play macbeth i performed in it once at the theatre it was amazing to see the effect i had on the audience


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ngio64 5 years ago

I favorited your lens and will lensroll it to my homeschool tools lens!


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Snozzle 5 years ago

It was only after I left education that I began to appreciate Shakespeare. At school I was bored with it though I still remember chunks that I had to learn my heart. It makes sense therefore to introduce children to the works at an early age and in a simpler format. Excellent 5* lens.

Mike.


anonymous 5 years ago

What a great resource to use in my own classroom - thank you for pulling this all together!


anonymous 5 years ago

This websight is great.I will always use it.Thanks for making it.


anonymous 5 years ago

I like your lens :) I enjoy reading. 5 star for you


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Beaman LM 5 years ago

Extremely good set of links and information about the great bard. I shall be coming back to browse through them in more detail. 5*


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papawu 5 years ago

This material is fantastic. They didn't have learning tools like this for Shakespeare when I was growing up. I had to learn to read Shakeseare the hard way in High School English Lit. I was a big time Thespian in school though and really learned to appreciate ole Will when I competed against young actors from all over Southern California in a Shakespeare Drama Festival. I did a two person dramatic scene which took 3rd place out of over 50 schools represented. I cut a scene from Richard III which was a perfect character for me because I was still fighting my fight with cancer and chemotherapy at the time, so my appearance and look along with my leg dragging and hunch back deformity performance was perfect for the character. I was told by judges that it was reminiscent of Sir Lawrence Olivier himself. Now, that was high praise indeed. Wonderful info rmation on this lens.


anonymous 5 years ago

I'm looking for a play for kids from 8 years to 10 of Much Ado About Nothing. Any suggestions?

Thank you. crlehane@tmhs.org


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aka-rms 5 years ago from USA Level 3 Commenter

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dmf32835 5 years ago

I enjoyed your lens a lot. I wish I had more time to read even more.


anonymous 5 years ago

jimmie, I am always thrilled to come across one of your pages throughout the web! You always have put together such wonderful, comprehensive information and it always looks so pleasant to the eye as I get so many great ideas from you. Thank you!

katie

Katie's Homeschool Cottage

http://charlottemasonhomeschooling.wordpress.com


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hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

great lens. there is a theater out this way that redoes (or did...) shakespeare for kids. and they are really great. http://www.nsmt.org/


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julieannbrady 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA Level 6 Commenter

Jimmie -- I think Shakespeare for children is a wonderful idea and should be taught to all children.


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Tuula Olin 5 years ago

Hi Jimmie,

Thanks for visiting my Masks lens! This Shakespeare lens is great, it is so on the table so to speak in my family at the moment, because my two sons are doing an assignment on MacBeth for high school.They also watched the movie version or two of the story and they have to compare the stories in the two mediums. Tricky!

Tuula

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Ana_Aguilar 5 years ago

Wonderful ideas! I wish I had this lens when my children were younger!


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purplelady 5 years ago

What a great lens and great idea. Shakespeare for children should be in every parent's library to introduce their children to such classics. You have done a vintage job with your lens; it deserves 5 Bards and a Favourite!

Thanks again for visiting and blessing my Frugal Fred and Freeda lens.


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MacPharlain 5 years ago

Lots of good info and resources here. Shakespeare didn't really click for me until college where I had an English Lit professor who was awesome at helping us discover the meanings behind the words in class.

Have you seen MacHomer? It's a live version of MacBeth performed by characters from The Simpsons. Cool way for kids and adults to appreciate Shakespeare from a different angle.


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OhMe 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC Level 6 Commenter

This is great. My son was interested in Shakespeare at a very early age.


anonymous 5 years ago

Thanks for this fantastic and helpful website. I'm preparing a workshop "Shakespeare for beginners" for German 12-year-olds. Your creative ideas are made me enjoy the preparation even it's the end of term and we're all quite exhausted. Thanks for making this page!


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KimGiancaterino 5 years ago from California

You've been blessed by a Squid Angel, and this lens was included in Another Day of One Hundred Squid Angel Blessings.


wendymills 5 years ago

Great squidoo lens and thanks for the No Fear Shakespeare link. It's a great site for homeschoolers and just what I was looking for to give my 7, 10 and 12 year old an overview of the storyline of Julius Caesar before going to see it at Shakespeare in the Park here in Buffalo NY.

I believe children can understand and experience far more sophisticated concepts and literature than people often think. A lot depends on what they are exposed to and how material is presented. I was understanding plays in Old Scot's dialect when I was about 12 and while in school in Scotland we used to cover two Shakespearean plays a year starting in the 1st year of Secondary School, which is about the same age as 7th graders in the U.S.


anonymous 5 years ago

Lots of good resources here for sure. Another site that I've used in my classroom is Kids Love Shakespeare which has a couple of adapted shakespeare scripts for sale that are meant to be performed --- what's better about them than most online play scripts is that there are so many characters, which is important if you are try to produce a play with a classroom. There are also some good curriculum ideas for introducing shakespeare. Thanks!


Jim-the-lad 5 years ago

These really are a great set of resources - it must have taken an age to put them together! If you're looking to introduce drama students to Shakespeare then you could also give this Macbeth Scheme of Work a try: http://www.drama-lesson-plans.co.uk/macbeth.html


anonymous 5 years ago

We're loving your Shakespeare links! Thanks so much for this great resource. I wanted to let you know that the mini poster with Shakespeare quotes link is not working. I'm creating one of my own because I liked this idea so much!


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EditPhotos 5 years ago from Earth

An excellent site. Great set of resources!


anonymous 4 years ago

SHAKES-SPHERE !


anonymous 4 years ago

Oh the power of Squidoo Jimmie! Here I am on a sunny UK morning, tearing my hair out with Lizzie, trying to get Part 1 of a school project ready for tomorrow and she does what children have a great habit of doing - she never told me about the model of the Globe Theatre that is also needed. I rush onto the internet to find a template and here I am!

Thank you! Not only do I find a link to a Template but I also find a page on Shakespeare that is a lot easier for Lizzie to read than the sites that we have been looking at. Despite her dyslexia, Lizzie is a good reader but a mass of words on screen make it very difficult for her to read and process the info on a lot of sites, which makes for a very frustrating experience for her.

There's some great info on here and some brilliant links.

Thank you! Thank you! And SquidAngel Blessings for not only a great home schooling lens but also for saving my sanity.


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lasertek lm 4 years ago

I was introduced to the Shakespeare stories when I was 10 years old. I enjoyed hearing the stories told by my parents and uncles that I decided to borrow a book from the library. I was a little disappointed upon reading the book because the genre was new to me. Good thing my father helped me decipher the verses.

True that Shakespeare books are also good for the children but it would be nice if the parents are around to help them understand.

Interesting lens! Hope you could visit my lenses as well. Thanks


GrowWear 4 years ago

Passing through to bless this worthy lens. Happy new year!


kimkreate 4 years ago

all of your lenses are so wonderful, but this one is particularly helpful to me, as i didn't know anything about shaekspeare { prior to your lens, that is :) }

thank you so very much!

**and also, i enjoyed the FREE printables, NICE JOB!**


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WritingforYourW 4 years ago

Interesting idea for a lens! I like the coloring pages link (you can tell that I'm well connected to my inner child :P).


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poptastic 4 years ago

The suggestions on how to introduce Shakespeare to a younger audience are fantastic and very doable. I especially love the printables idea because they make great interactive teaching tools. This lens is well-crafted and is a delight to read. *blessed by an angel*


anonymous 4 years ago

Hello Jimmie!

Excellent lens! I am super impressed with all of this Shakespeare information you've collected. Thanks for making it readily available for parents and teachers. I am an elementary teacher (with a degree in Theater) who is working very hard to get Shakespeare into the hands of young learners, so I appreciate your help. I would especially appreciate it if you would consider mentioning my website on your lens. Much thanks, again!


anonymous 4 years ago

Wow! This lens is incredible! Everything I was looking for on Shakespeare for my elementary age children is right here! I don't always have tome to comment. I made sure to make time for this comment. I have a high schooler for which even free online university Shakeaspeare classes are found. As I searched for my young ones this is the most concrete and thorough list of resources available. It is all laid out for me and ready to use immediately. Thank you so much I appreciate all of your lenses. The more I research for different topics I am teaching the more I end up on your lenses.


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JenOfChicago LM 4 years ago

Great job on this lens, you are so comprehensive with resources - I think all children should be exposed to Shakespeare and theatre in general. Blessed by a squidangel.


anonymous 4 years ago

Great resources. I was writing my lesson plans for this year and came across this page and thought it might be helpful and interesting to your readers and to add to a resource area.

http://www.answerblip.com/list-of-william-shakespe...

Hope all is well

Will


anonymous 4 years ago

Awesome lens Jimmie! ~ I love Shakespeare...

Susie


anonymous 4 years ago

I've been looking for inspiration to do some Shakespeare activities with 7 year olds, and I've found plenty here - thank you!


anonymous 4 years ago

Great resources. I was writing my lesson plans for this year and came across this page and thought it might be helpful and interesting to your readers and to add to a resource area.

I found this very helpful since I work in Spelling Games for children, so thanks a lot!


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Amy Fricano 4 years ago from WNY

Spectacular. Tremendous. Such wonderful resources. I love the Ol' Bard.


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JoyfulPamela2 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

People many times refer to Shakespeare without even making the connection to him. It's great for kids to get to know this great literature. Thanks for all the materials to make it easier and more fun, Jimmi! : )


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JakTraks 4 years ago from Chicago area

Fantastic lens - great resource and beautifully done.


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tandemonimom lm 4 years ago

My 15, 13, and 9yos are acting in Much Ado About Nothing this fall, with a homeschool acting troupe. I love introducing kids to Shakespeare!


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Dee Gallemore 4 years ago

An extremely thorough work . . . a great resource. Well done!


anonymous 4 years ago

Yes, yes, yes! I studied Shakespeare in college and all it takes is one gifted teacher that will help you love and understand The Bard. Great lens.


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AlisonMeacham 4 years ago

As always an excellent resource.


anonymous 4 years ago

excellent resources this is going to really help my daughter.


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Yourshowman LM 4 years ago

He was a great writer. I read hamlet and i thoroughly enjoyed it


anonymous 4 years ago

Hey Jimmie

I didn't even know you had a lens about Shakespeare until I started looking for some resources and it is excellent of course, everything I would need at my fingertips, thanks!


anonymous 4 years ago

I always struggled with Shakespeare in school


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VarietyWriter2 4 years ago

Blessed by a SquidAngel :)


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mbgphoto 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA Level 4 Commenter

Excellent resources!


anonymous 4 years ago

hello i am aya and im 10 years young.

I read all his books and poetry and i think there AMAZING.

BYE


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RobininColorado 4 years ago

My 13 year old is taking a homeschool enrichment class on Shakespeare. Your resources will help us to better understand her lessons. Thanks, Jimmie!


IscahDesigns 4 years ago

This lens makes me SMILE! Beautiful introduction to the Bard. Thank you for posting it!


anonymous 3 years ago

Awesome lens! Great ideas-thanks for creating it!


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PaulaMorgan 3 years ago from Sydney Australia

I took my 12 yr old daughter to see McBeth at the Globe Theatre in London this year thinking she would be bored to tears... she loved it and we had standing tickets so we stood for 3 hours! She still loved it and understood the story. There is no way she would have read a play or watched a DVD with as much interest


anonymous 3 years ago

I agree that children should be exposed to Shakespeare from the age of eleven or so but I am a great believer in letting them see the real language of Shakespeare and letting them figure it out themselves, after all that's half the fun


Beas 3 years ago

This is a wonderful lens with much interesting content! I wish I had been taught Shakespeare when I was a kid. Will nominate this one for LOTD.


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MargoPArrowsmith 3 years ago

What a great idea! Nice lense, thumbs up!


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LabKittyDesign 3 years ago

You don't appear to mention any of the recent Shakespeare popularizations. Baz Luhrmann's film was a pretty great modernization of Romeo and Juliette, as was Loncraine's treatment of Richard III. These might be an sneaky in-road to get the uninitiated/intimidated hooked...


lilgirllapbooker 3 years ago

Great printables! We are currently studying Romeo and Juliet, then in spring we will be studying Macbeth. You can also get some really good cartoon videos of the plays on amazon.


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CruiseReady 3 years ago from East Central Florida

Oh, no! don't wait all the way until high school to expose your children to Shakespeare - that's way, WAY too late! I started reading him to my daughter when she was three - three DAYS old. One scene a day from The Tempest until we finished it. But I did wait until she was almost 5 YEARS old to take her to her first live performance. It was Taming of th Shrew, and she love it! Of course, she already knew the story.


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ChrisDay LM 3 years ago

Shakespeare appears to be universally accessible - for a truly amazing experience, see it in the Globe Theatre, on the South Bank of the Thames in London. Our daughter loves Shakespeare.


anonymous 3 years ago

Bruce Coville has some beautiful picture book versions of several Shakespeare plays. Thanks for all the resources!


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LouisaDembul 3 years ago

Kids can learn about anything if it is presented in a good way, like here. I didn't know Shakespear was the one to introduce all those (to us) common words!


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Brookelorren LM 3 years ago

I had never thought about having my daughter read Shakespeare. We did have a chapter about him in history class, but we haven't read any of his stories yet. Excellent lens! Angel blessings for you.


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squidoofreak 3 years ago

nice lenses.... very interesting..


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VarietyWriter2 3 years ago

Blessed by a SquidAngel :)


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ayngel boshemia 3 years ago

My kids attend public school, but we studied Shakespeare long before it was covered in class. Where the other kids groaned and mumbled, my kiddos were excited. They already understood the language and basic message so they were free to have fun with the unit. Shakespeare really is entertaining once you understand what is going on. Even for preteens.


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Ann Hinds 3 years ago from So Cal Level 3 Commenter

You are probably tired of me by now but this is great and the boy will learn Shakespeare whether he wants to or not. However, these are great resources to make it fun and interesting without making him think he is learning. Angel blessed.


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JulieS LM 3 years ago

I really loved reading aloud Shakespeare's stories when my kids were young. I posted a link to your lens on my website, Best Homeschool Buys. The blog post is: Squidoo's Top Homeschool How-to Pages.


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Michey LM 3 years ago Level 1 Commenter

I am in favor to teaching children Classics, and I think the visual effects are the strongest, so going to the theaters with kids is great.

You have a great resource lens here, well deserved purple star

Regards

Michey


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Philippians468 3 years ago

i believe that such wonderful classics can be taught to children in a fun and exciting manner! thank you for sharing this delightful lens! cheers


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mihgasper 3 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

Shakespear is a must. He is a part of our civilisation, without him we won't be what we are. If you know his plays, you can much better uderstand human nature and you certainly coul better understand yourself.


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sushilkin lm 3 years ago

Thanks to be on Squidoo for sharing your knowledge. Please PRAY FOR JAPAN


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RetroMom 3 years ago

Shakespeare is the best. He is a genius. Children should be expose to Shakespeare at a young age. They will appreciate it more.


darkk93 3 years ago

Shakespeare should be taught to children so that they can run their imagination.


moonlitta 3 years ago

To be perfectly honest, I find Shakespeare's comedies the most worthy part of his work and I'm not much into his drama. But kids should definitely develop taste for his work earlier in life so they be prepared to develop an aesthetic feel for poetry. *blessed*


anonymous 3 years ago

This site is AWESOME! Thank you so much!


glowchick 3 years ago

Great lens!


preschoolpuppets 3 years ago

Great lens, very informative.


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bbsoulful2 3 years ago

This article is terrific! I will definitely come back for more ideas for working with my homeschooler! Thank you.


YourFirstTime 3 years ago

You have some great ideas here for introducing young children to Shakespeare. Great lens!


Travel_Zone 3 years ago

great lens.....reminded me of my school days.lovd shake spear specially Julius Caesar..."Ete Tu Brutte then fall Caesar"


shakespearelovepoems 3 years ago

Nice lens. Really great idea making Shakespeare more accessible to kids


NAnand 3 years ago

Nice to see a lense dedicated to the Bard. Brings back memories of childhood. Thank you.


drum_stick 3 years ago

nice page :)


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Ramkitten2000 3 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

I believe I was first exposed to Shakespeare in seventh ... or maybe it was eighth ... grade, when a teacher had us go around the room and read one of his plays aloud. I'm not sure which it was, since I did the same thing in highschool classes, but I know one of the plays I read aloud in a class was Macbeth. I really enjoyed that, even though I more got the "gist" of the meaning than the exact meaning of every sentence. It wouldn't have been the same trying to read the plays quietly to myself. Anyway, really interesting lens, especially the factoids about Shakespeare, none of which I knew. *Blessed by an angel on the Back to School Road Trip*


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reasonablerobby 3 years ago from UK Level 2 Commenter

I think this is a great idea! I'm just re-reading Hamlet at the moment and my favourite has to be King Lear. Kids can learn so much from these plays at many levels.


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TolovajWordsmith 3 years ago from Ljubljana Level 3 Commenter

Shakespeare is one of cornerstones of education of civilized man. Great list of resources. Thanks for sharing.


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LaraineRoses 3 years ago from Lake Country, B.C. Level 1 Commenter

I found this little bit of information interesting:

Columnist Sydney J. Harris recently pointed out that William Shakespeare incorporated into his plays more than 1,000 Biblical references. âThus,â he explains, âmany people imagine they are quoting Shakespeare when they are really quoting the Bible.â

I agree with you that children can benefit from learning Shakespeares works and I enjoyed your lens.


anonymous 3 years ago

Thanks so much for this resource. I am doing Shakespeare with kids ranging in age from 3 to 12 and there is something for all of them in this study.


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cdevries 3 years ago Level 1 Commenter

What a nice, kid-friendly take on Shakespeare.

Kids can have a great time acting out scenes. But the best kid-acted Shakespeare I've seen was A Midsummer's Night's Dream done Bollywood style, here in Dallas a few years ago. Inspired!


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ananimoss2 3 years ago

It was very entertaining and well written lens! I wish I read this last year when I was homeschooling (kinda...). I will have to come back to this soon. Thank you.


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CruiseReady 3 years ago from East Central Florida

I love the Charles and Mary Lamb boo, and have given a copy to each of our grandchildren when they were babies.

As for when kids should start reading Shakespeare . . . I didn't get exposed to him until the age of 13 - in eighth grade. However, I wished then that someone had started me on his plays sooner.

When my daughter came along, I started reading to her from Shakespeare when she was an infant.


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Lee Nitus 2 years ago

This is a very impressive lens. I think I will have to let my wife know about your ideas of Shakespeare for children. Hmmm, maybe I can convince her to develop a curriculum for teaching Shakespeare the classroom! Thanks for inspiration.


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desa999 lm 2 years ago

Nice lens I never forget Sir John Guilgood performing Shakespeare when I was in year 12. Nice lens


anonymous 2 years ago

Awesome lens. I remember listening to Shakespeare while i was pregnant to enhance my child's brain. It surely worked as his grades are all above 97%. Shakespeare will always be an inspiration for us all. These books for children are amazing!! What a great idea for parents.


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Paki Bazar 2 years ago

i love this blog you are working really good

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Johanna Eisler 2 years ago Level 3 Commenter

We had a collection of books when I was young called "Shakespeare for Children." I remember reading simplified versions of the Bard's plays over and over again.


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Adventuretravels 2 years ago from London UK Level 7 Commenter

Theatre is my second passion. Ah the Bard - bring it on! Great lens


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canoz 2 years ago from Canada

How delightful your lens is! Very extensive and a nice take on what is commonly considered children's literature!


arunadavis 2 years ago

The Bard & The Beautiful! Enjoyed reading and then learning some!


jimmyworldstar 2 years ago

I think some of the language is lost to young students if you simplify Shakespeare too much. At least keep the original text along with a modern translation.


SarahHappens 2 years ago

I love all these resources you've pulled together. I wish I had been exposed to Shakespearean themes and stories as a child. I agree that learning about the plays' plots and characters earlier on can give youth and adults a richer experience of the depths of the words, lyrics and stanzas when it comes time to study them in school. Great idea for a lens. Thanks for sharing!


HOPEHomeSchoolConsulting 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing. Lots of great stuff.


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iijuan12 2 years ago Level 2 Commenter

Fabulous lens! Thank you for sharing! Blessed & liked.


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esvoytko lm 2 years ago

This lens is great. Wish I had greater exposure to Shakespeare as a child!


HOPEHomeSchoolConsulting 2 years ago

Awesome lens.


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Rangoon House 2 years ago Level 1 Commenter

Blessed!


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Steph Tietjen 2 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

It was a rough journey for me to come to appreciate Shakespeare. I wish I'd someone like you as a teacher. Thanks for this great page.


JimDickens 2 years ago

Wonderful. I think kids would love most of Mercutio's soliloquy on Mab and her chariot


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Kumar P S 2 years ago

A great introduction to the greatest writer of the world.


anonymous 2 years ago

It amazes me when I find a website, such as yours, where I can see the love, time and effort that someone put into trying to share something that they have knowledge of, and obviously are passionate about. Thank you so much for the wonderful information and links you have shared. I am just a homeschooling mom who wished to teach some Shakespeare to her kids. So, I decided to teach it for my class at our co-op. I had very little Shakespeare experience myself, but am for some reason interested in, and would like to learn about Shakespeare. You have given me so much information to work with! Thank you so much. God bless. Carol


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VeseliDan 2 years ago

Thank you for this outstanding piece of work! I love Romeo and Juliet! *blessed*


funbee lm 2 years ago

great work on helping make Shakespeare accessible to children, I have a lens about history being more accessible to children.


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VivianAldana LM 2 years ago

Thoughtful lens...I will be using this lens with my eight year old. Thanks for all the hard work!


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Gypzeerose 2 years ago Level 4 Commenter

Wonderful lens. I don't know how it is that I have been at the Squid without knowing you, but I am pleased to make your acquaintance now! You are one of the people at Squidoo that I think I would love to have a cup of tea with - we have so much in common, our love of kids and education that is fun, and love of life. Blessed.


bskcom 2 years ago

I sometimes wondered how difficult it would be to teach Shakespear to the younger generation. Apparently, you gave me the answer. Thanks for an insightful Lens.


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HomeDecorKnight 2 years ago

wonderful lens, thanks for sharing it.


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blessedmomto7 20 months ago

As usual, you have outdone yourself. Thanks for this great resource, we just started Shakespeare today in our homeschool. Blessed.


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Michelllle 19 months ago

I'm passionate about this subject. Another great resource which would complement your list is a series of books by Lois Burdette. "A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare for Kids". Lois Burdette has the other plays written in the same format.


anonymous 17 months ago

In 1968 Scholastic published Shake Hands With Shakespeare by Albert Culum in which eight plays were rendered in very straight forward wording and each about an hour long. This was a great for very young readers, reluctant readers and a way to introduce the stories.


fcinternetmarketing 15 months ago

Beautiful lens !

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