For KS3 and KS4 Drama teachers this site contains educational packs that will help them when looking at Shakespeare in class.
Learning and Teaching Resources
The Royal Shakespeare Company provide a selection of resources, which include teacher packs.
These teacher packs include activities and techniques that were used during rehearsal of certain productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The packs can also be used in a more general way to explore Shakespeare’s texts.
The resource packs cover a good range of Shakespeare’s plays, from the less popular and well-known to those such as ‘Hamlet’ and ‘King Lear’. Image galleries are available for use with pupils, which can be useful for discussing interpretations of character and setting.
This website also provides downloadable materials on Shakespeare’s life, which could be adapted for use by pupils. This will help them understand the man behind the plays. A downloadable story of the stage in Shakespeare’s time is also available.
The resources can be used to encourage children to see his work within a social and historical context. Language has change considerably since Shakespeare’s time and teachers can find materials that can be downloaded and adapted to help engage pupils with this aspect of his work.