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Shakespeare Unit

•For each play in Tales From Shakespeare (Charles & Mary Lamb), write a narration and illustrate. These will be collected and bound into a book. Alternatively, read the summary in Tales From Shakespeare and then write a play yourself.

•Read The Renaissance (pages 135-145) in What Your Fifth Grader Grader Needs to Know (edited by:E.D. Hirsch jr.). Write a narration.

•For each quote following, draw a six pane comic strip using the quote appropriately. Also, copy the quote and memorize it and be able to identify the play from which it came. Use Brush Up Your Shakespeare (Micheal Macrone) to help you:

Let us from point to point this story know, To make the even truth in pleasure flow. (All's Well That Ends Well)

I'll note you in my book of memory (Henry VI)

I hold the world but as the world.... A stage, where every man must play a part. (The Merchant of Venice)

O queen of queens! How far dost thou excel, No thought can think, nor tongue of mortal tell. (Love's Labour's Lost)

In the spring-time, the only pretty ring-time,When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding (As You Like It)

Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety. (Henry VI)

Why then the world's my oyster. (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

But screw your courage to the sticking- place, And we'll not fail. (Macbeth)

Good night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest! (Hamlet)

All the word is a stage. (As You Like It)

Lord, what fools these mortals be. (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

To be or not to be, that is the question. (Hamlet)

But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve. (Othello)

He hat eaten me out of house and home (Henry VI)

•Read Bard of Avon (Diane Stanley & Peter Vennema). Draw a lifeline for William Shakespeare. Be sure to include dates such as birth, marriage, children's births, important points of his career, and death. This should be illustrated as well. Use long drawing paper.

•The Globe Theater: Read William Shakespeare and the Globe (by: Aliki) and narrate. Draw and label a picture of the Globe Theater.

•Play Nine Men's Morris, Shakespeare for Kids (Colleen Aagesen & Margie Blumberg) (page 49)

•Shakespeare invented many words and expressions. Illustrate or define the following:

•Every inch a king

•Pomp and circumstance

•A tower of strength

•Too much of a good thing

•Wild-goose chase

•Swift as a shadow

•Bated breath

•One fell swoop

•Double, double toil and trouble

•The crack of doom

•Not budge an inch

•to be or not to be

•Rue the hour

•for goodness' sake

•A sorry sight

•It beggared all description

•To thine own self be true

•There's the rub

•In my mind's eye

•In my heart of hearts

•A dish fit for a king

•The milk of human kindness

•The be-all and end-all

•Sweets to the sweet

•Eaten me out of house and home

•neither rhyme nor reason

•We have seen better days

•Good riddance

Define the following poetic devices: poetry, meter, foot, verse, monometer, dimeter, trimeter, tetrameter, pentameter, prose.

Midsummer Night's Dream read the play in the original language.

Midsummer Night's Dream: Read Puck's last speech and discuss meter. Label the passage with accent marks for accented and unaccented beats. Memorize this passage.

Midsummer Night's Dream: Identify the following: main character, minor characters, setting, problem/conflict, resolutions.

•Read about foley artists in Shakespeare for Kids. Incorporate sound effects into your play, below.

•Organize your siblings (and/or friends) to present a scene from a play of your choosing.

Taming of the Shrew: read in original language.

•Sonnets: Read about sonnets in Shakespeare for Kids (pages 63-70). What is a sonnet? Copy two of Shakespear's Sonnents. Memorize one of them. Write a sonnet of your own. (Click for more sonnets)

Thank you Mrs. Foss for a beautiful Unit Study!!!


Unit Study by Elizabeth Foss, Copyright 2000

(picture creditIllustration of Shakespeare by Steven Adler. All rights reserved.)