Happy 451st Birthday, Will!
April 23rd is the day many celebrate the birth of William Shakespeare, one of the more widely read dramatists of all times.This year is his 451th!
Prepare your students to understand Elizabethan society a little better.
Have a go with your students and have them take a Humours Quiz to determine their own basic personality traits, then see how they’d rate characters in the plays you have them study. Teens in the US will have fun with this quiz written in British English by our colleagues at TeachIt in the UK.
Also see SHAKESPEARE OUT LOUD AND IN COLOR. Students get a kick out of trying the Lazy Sonnets. Invite them to write a lazy sonnet about whatever text you happen to be studying now. See samples written about “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner“!
For the Bards’ birthday, you may want to create your own birthday sonnet, or invite your students to write an record one like this: