This Shakespeare Lives schools’ pack has been created by the British Council and the Royal Shakespeare Company to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.
How to use this pack?
This pack is designed to help teachers around the world to bring Shakespeare’s plays to life and encourage learning across the curriculum. It is split into five key themes: Leadership and power, Family and relationships, Identity and equality, Fate and destiny and Justice and rules.
Try looking at Shakespeare’s plays in different ways. Watch a film adaptation or read the play translated into your own language; use any approach that makes Shakespeare accessible to your students. Remember, Shakespeare wrote for the stage – his plays are designed to be performed and shared with an audience. If we simply read them, we can miss out on a large part of their appeal and interest. We encourage you to share this pack with your partner school, use it as a starting point to plan your own lessons and start exploring the world through Shakespeare.
Who is it for?
Within each themed section you will find a wide range of activities for pupils aged 7-14. These can be adapted to suit the age of the children you are teaching and used as starting points in individual lessons or as elements of a cross-curricular project, which could be carried out with a partner school overseas. Throughout the pack you will also find notes for teachers with exploratory questions, learning foci, suggestions of activities and discussion points, play excerpts, curriculum links and references to citizenship skills and outlooks.
Package is free and available for download and use in classrooms. Download the local language version below, while the original English version can be downloaded from Schools Online portal.