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Session 23

Calling all English language teachers. Here you'll find lesson plans and worksheets to help you use the Shakespeare Speaks videos in the classroom.

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Lesson plans for teachers

Use the Shakespeare Speaks series in your classroom with these free lesson materials. For each lesson we will provide:

  • Complete lesson plans
  • Lesson worksheets
  • Ideas for extra practice activities
  • Links to videos 
  • Transcripts and audio to download

We will add a new lesson plan every Monday.

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Lesson aims

In every lesson students will:

  • listen for gist and detail in the context of a video on Shakespeare’s life, language and plays.
  • explore the meaning, use and form of a phrase from Shakespeare which is still in common use.
  • be able to understand and use a set of extension phrases and idioms.

We are adding worksheets for each episode in the series. You may also find this resource useful: Eight Vocabulary Activities for the classroom

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Latest: Wear my heart on my sleeve

William Shakespeare's daughter has fallen in love... again.

  • In this lesson, students will learn how to use the phrase wear my heart on my sleeve - and other great phrases for talking about revealing - or hiding - your feelings. They'll also learn plenty more heart idioms .

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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I must be cruel, only to be kind

The Queen is taking King James' wine away!

  • In this lesson, students will learn how to use the modern versions of the phrase I must be cruel, only to be kind - and they’ll learn six synonyms of cruel and the nouns that go with them.

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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Not budge an inch

Fight fight!

  • In this lesson, students will learn how to use phrase not budge an inch - and learn some useful responses for when they are asked to do something they don’t want to do.

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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A fool's paradise

Is Robert Harley really going to put a ring on Janet Bassett's finger?

  • In this lesson, students will learn how to use phrase a fool's paradise - and lots more great expressions for talking about reality and fantasy

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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A pound of flesh

Money, money, money!

  • In this lesson, students will learn how to use phrase a pound of flesh - and lots more useful phrases for talking about revenge!

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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Give no words but mum

Ssshhhh… it's a secret! 

  • In this lesson, students will learn how to use phrases mum's the word and keep mum - and lots more useful phrases for talking about secrets!

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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Forever and a day

Everyone's in disguise in William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

  • In this lesson, students will learn how to use phrase forever and a day - and dozens of phrases that people use when they are exaggerating.

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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In a pickle

King James enjoys a bit of pickle with his dinner while he watches The Tempest.

  • In this lesson, students will learn how to use phrase in a pickle - and lots more phrases for talking about difficult situations. They will also learn some great expressions to use when people are drunk!

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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A tower of strength

Richard III prepares for battle.

  • In this lesson students will learn how to use the phrase a tower of strength from Richard III - with a bit of help from footballer David Beckham!

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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Spotless reputation

Queen Elizabeth isn't very happy today! 

  • In this lesson students will learn how to use the phrase the phrase spotless reputation and useful expressions for talking about both good - and bad - reputations.

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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The green-eyed monster

William Shakespeare and Thomas Swann are enjoying a drink - or three - in their favourite pub. 

  • In this lesson students will learn how to use the phrase the green-eyed monster and other colour idioms.

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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The world's mine oyster

Meet Queen Elizabeth, her favourite explorer and 'The Real Housewives Of Shakespeare Speaks'.

  • In this lesson students will learn how to use the phrase the world's mine oyster and idioms with the word world.

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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What's done is done

Everyone's feeling guilty – except William Shakespeare. 

  • In this lesson students will learn how to use the phrase what's done is done and useful expressions relating to guilt.

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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Greek to me

Shakespeare's daughter is confused!

  • In this lesson students will learn how to use the idiom It's all Greek to me and other idioms with nationalities or countries. They will also learn phrases to say "I don't understand!"

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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Wild-goose chase

Are they chasing geese – or horses?

  • In this lesson students will learn how to use the idiom wild-goose chase and further animal idioms.

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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As dead as a doornail

Thomas Swann fixes a broken door at the theatre… and gives William Shakespeare a great idea for his new play!

  • In this lesson students will learn how to use the phrase as dead as a doornail and further idioms using the word 'dead'.

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript 

Downloadable radio programme

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I'll send him packing

William Shakespeare isn't getting on very well with his actors… is that why they are throwing rotten fruit?

  • In this lesson students will learn how to use the phrase I'll send him packing and further phrases to send someone away.

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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All that glisters is not gold

William Shakespeare's daughter learns an important lesson when she buys a gold ring.

  • In this lesson students will learn how to use the phrase all that glisters is not gold and explore other sayings relating to appearance.

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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Strange bedfellows

Music, magic and monsters!

  • In this lesson students will learn how to use the phrase strange bedfellows from The Tempest - and lots of other useful expressions for talking about relationships.

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme

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Though this be madness, yet there is method in't!

William Shakespeare's greatest play, Hamlet, brings us revenge, tragedy, death - and madness!

  • In this lesson students will learn how to use the phrase Though this be madness, yet there is method in't! from Hamlet - and lots of other useful expressions for talking about crazy behaviour.

Lesson plan and worksheets

Video page

Transcript

Downloadable radio programme