December 20, 2016

Fun with Shakespeare- Much Ado About Nothing

Happy December everyone! You're halfway finished with the school year, and this is a great time to think about the end of the school year ;)

One of my favorite units to teach is Shakespeare. I know many teachers don't enjoy teaching Shakespeare, but I think it's because the students come in with a misconception that it's difficult and boring. Well this play will turn that around :)

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is a great comedy to teach students. The language is relatively easy, Shakespeare-wise, and is hilarious if the students understand it. Plus, who doesn't enjoy making fun of Keanu Reeve's horrible acting in the Kenneth Branagh movie version?? :)

I've put together some great activities to help you teach this play and keep your students' attention. Take a look!




This also pairs well with my Renaissance Faire unit--a great lead-in to the play. Have fun introducing Shakespeare to your students, and enjoy teaching it as well! You even have the weeks laid out for you with the download, as well as answer keys for the quiz and test.

And with that, I bid thee adieu!

December 5, 2016

Winter-Time Poetry Activity

Happy December all! You're so close to break...can you taste it?!

We all know that the students start to get crazy the week before break, so instead of trying to focus on a novel or lengthy assignment, try mini lessons for each day leading up to break.

In this mini lesson, "Winter-Time" poetry analysis, the students will analyze the poem "Winter-Time" by Robert Louis Stevenson and discuss the literary devices used as well. This lesson will only take one class period, and is best suited for 8-12th grade :) It's ideal because while it is educational, it's not a big deal if a student is absent or misses class. The poetry activity is a great way to refresh their analyzation skills without them thinking it's a big deal of an assignment. The poem is about Winter, not Christmas, so it's great for the public school classroom where it needs to be all-inclusive.

So head on over to my TPT Store and pick it up today! Give yourself a break and save the headache of fighting with the students to finish a major assignment right before break :)