English Literature KS3 / GCSE: Families in Shakespeare

This clip explores the different ways in which Shakespeare portrays the theme of families within his plays.

The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet are two case studies examined in this clip, which looks at how Shakespeare uses plays such as these to reflect the best and worst traits of family life.

This clip is from the series Shakespeare Themes.

Teacher Notes

The class could together explore the theme of families in Shakespeare's plays in detail.

Students could take one of his plays and find examples of when characters have made decisions motivated by family.

Students could explore the different kinds of family issues in Shakespeare's plays, and compare them to real life historical or cultural examples.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching English Literature at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Also 3rd and 4th level in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA and SQA.