Friday, April 12, 2013

Fun with Shakespeare Research (Seriously!)

Did you know that Shakespeare is considered to have invented more than 500 words, including amazement, flowery, and countless?*

Did you know Shakespeare's shortest play is The Comedy of Errors, with 1,787 lines? And that his longest play is Hamlet, with 4,042 lines?*

Did you know that in Shakespeare's time, all the female roles in his plays were played by men or boys?*

You probably already knew this, but researching Shakespeare can be fun! In our newest activity, students enjoy researching the time period and background of Shakespeare as they assume various roles and tasks outlined by the RAFT cards. RAFT (Role, Audience, Format, Task) is a differentiated writing strategy that helps students understand their role as writers for specific audiences (not just for their teachers!).

This CCSS-aligned product includes a poster, 10 RAFT cards with assigned roles (plus 2 blank cards), directions, handouts, checklists, and answer guides!

BONUS! We also now offer a special bundle! Now you can get all of our introductory Shakespeare products at a $3.00 discountthat includes our Shakespeare's Birthday Party Activities, Research RAFT Cards, Sonnets Lesson Plan, and Iambic Pentameter Poster!

*Source for Shakespeare facts: The Folger Shakespeare Library

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