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Shakespeare Notebook Pages

Shakespeare Notebook Pages

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Notebook Pages for many of Shakespeare’s major works are provided for student to complete independently. These can be used along with the original plays, the plays in story form, or the plays in movie form. Read and/or watch the plays with your child, and then let him complete report on his own. You may want to first discuss what is expected on the reports.



Optional Book List:

Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children by E. Nesbitt

Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield

Stories from Shakespeare retold by Nicola Baxter

Tales From Shakespeare by Charles & Mary Lamb
The World of Shakespeare by Usborne Publishers
William Shakespeare and the Globe by Aliki

Shakespeare for Kids by Colleen Aagesen & Margie Blumberg
Hear, Hear, Mr. Shakespeare by Bruce Koscielniak
Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Diane Stanley
Shakespeare - His Work and His World by Michael Rosen and Robert Ingpen



Notebook Pages –


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
As You Like It

King Lear

The Tempest

Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing

Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
Timons of Athens
Twelfth Night


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Kind of Play: Shakespeare wrote a variety of different kinds of plays. On the top of the report page is a place to record the kind of work (A __________________ by William Shakespeare). Discuss the different kinds of works with student.


Romance – a form of literature that presents life as we would like it to be rather than how it actually is. A romance usually involves adventure, love, and excitement.


Comedy – a form of literature, which is concerned with man’s inability to deal with reality. Human errors or problems appear funny.


Tragedy – a literary work in which the hero is destroyed by some flaw within his character and by forces which he cannot control.


History – a form of literature based on facts, but often times embellished for entertainments sake.


Setting: The setting of the story is where and when it takes place.


Characters: You will meet many interesting characters in the works of Shakespeare. Record the Main Characters on Notebook Page, as well as some of their traits. Record both physical traits, which tell what a person looks like, and character traits, which tell what a person acts like. You may also want to mention whether the character was a human or a mythological being.


Brief Summary: Sum up the complete story in a couple of sentences.

Conflict and Resolution: Conflict is the clashing or colliding of thoughts, feelings, or actions in a story. There are five basic types of conflict. As you read and/or watch each work, decide what kind of conflict is present.


Man vs. Man: this is when one character in the story has a problem with one or more other characters in the story.


Man vs. Society: this is when a character has a conflict or problem with some element of society. It could be problems with school, the law, the accepted way of doing things, etc.


Man vs. Himself: this type of conflict comes up when a character has trouble deciding what to do in a given situation.


Man vs. Nature: this is when a character has a problem with some natural occurrence, such as a snowstorm, an avalanche, a volcano, etc.


Man vs. Fate (God): This is when a character battles what seems like uncontrollable, coincidental problems.


My Review: Describe what you did and/or didn’t like about the work.