Who doesn’t love Shakespeare? Everyone should study his life and his plays because, well, they are amazing! In this post, I will show you how much my son loved reading Shakespeare’s works and what we did to tie it in with our printable set.
Top Shakespeare Quotes by Play
I will be honest with you, when I think of Shakespeare, I think of old English, long and hard-to-read text and learning to read plays. In other words, it means “study Shakespeare when they’re older.” BUT (yes, here is the ‘but’) my son was nosing around on our shelves and found one of my Shakespeare books and immediately started reading it.
It was a book with illustrations and different plays, but at a more legible level. He made it his own and kept it in his room to read every night until he finished the whole thing. Wow! I was impressed and proud of him. We would discuss each story over breakfast and he would tell me what each play was about.
And since he was interested in Shakespeare, I pulled out the other books we have, even though they are harder reading.
William Shakespeare & the Globe (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback))Bard of Avon: The Story of William ShakespeareHamlet For Kids (Shakespeare Can Be Fun!)Romeo and Juliet for Kids (Shakespeare Can Be Fun!)Romeo and Juliet Retold For Kids (Beginner Reader Classics)
The moral of the story for me: Don’t assume. I didn’t think that my 6-year old would be interested in such a lesson or this kind of reading yet, but I love following their passions and learned my lesson. He was interested in this gem out of his own volition. Who am I to quench that thirst?
And to make it even better, he was excited about the stories that he read some parts of the book to his 4-year old sister. She enjoyed the illustrations and to have her brother paraphrase what that page was about after he had red it aloud. They had conversations about the characters, the plot, the setting and even about Shakespeare!
After he was done with the entire book, I went back through each story/play with him, not to read it, but rather to find the most popular Shakespeare quotes from each. We took notes and discussed the meaning of the quotes. We had a handful of fantastic conversations about this! He was also fascinated when I told him that many of the phrases and quotes we say on a regular basis come from Shakespeare’s writings.
So, to bring this lesson home and to make a fun hands-on activity, I came up with a printable activity on top Shakespeare quotes by play. Basically, what I did was pick three basic facts about Shakespeare to make cards about him. I find it important to know a little bit about him and when he lived.
I also picked out some of his plays and works and hand-picked three quotes from each. This homeschool printables set covers Hamlet, Othello, Richard III, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice and others. Not to worry! I included an answer key!
What you do is use them as 3-part cards. For that, you can print the set twice and follow the setup instructions on the printable. To match up the play pictures to the quotes, cut them up (leaving the play’s name attached at the bottom) so they can practice reading and matching. You can laminate them for durability.
Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare (Clothbound Story Collections)How to Teach Your Children ShakespeareTwenty Shakespeare Children’s Stories – The Complete 20 Books Boxed Collection: The Winters Take, Macbeth, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo … and More (A Shakespeare Children’s Story)Tales from ShakespeareShakespeare’s Stories for Young Readers (Dover Children’s Classics)
Once you feel that the play’s name can be removed, then enjoy reading the quotes and matching them up to the correct play. Make a game out of it! That is what we did! Get your printables right here.
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