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Think about presentation.  How will you divide up sections?  What will you use to catch the reader�s eye diagrams, sketches, pictures, photos? 

How about using a display folder to hold all your pages. 




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You might want to include (click on the text for further information)

  • A contents page

  • Shakespeare�s biography � key events in Shakespeare�s life

  • Shakespeare�s works � his plays, poems and other works � the stories behind his plays

  • Shakespeare�s times � when he lived and what the world was like in those days, who was on the throne, what influenced his plays and how people responded to them

  • The theatre � what the theatre was like in Shakespeare�s times � how play-watching developed

  • Some of your own ideas

  • Bibliography � a list of websites, books and other documents used to find out your information.  There are lots of ideas down the sides of this webpage

The DVD -Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (PG)- animates 12 plays each lasting 30 minutes (scroll for list of those included):


1. Romeo & Juliet
2. Twelfth Night
3. The Tempest
4. A Midsummer's Nights Dream
5. Richard III
6. Othello
7. The Taming Of The Shrew
8. Macbeth
9. A Winter's Tale
10. As You Like It
11. Hamlet
12. Julius Caesar



Recommended Resources

  • Don't forget -  full texts of All Shakespeare's plays are available for free download on this site

  • In the right-hand margin are details of helpful videos to quickly get the gist of the listed plays


Contents Page:

  • Do this at the end!

  • If not too long you might like to just list your titles and page numbers.

  • Or try the automatic table of contents in word using the following steps:

Decide which are your main headings and give them a heading style (FORMAT-STYLE-Click on Heading 1 in window at right-hand side)

 Decide if you want to list any of your subheadings in the table of contents.  If so, give them  a heading too in the same way (Choose Heading 2 if it is a first-level subheading or you could use Heading 3 for further levels of subheadings)

Create the table of contents (INSERT-REFERENCE-INDEX AND TABLES).  Select the Table of Contents Tab and then OK.

That simple!

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Shakespeare�s Biography:


A timeline may help organise some of this section.

You might like to include:

  • His full name

  • When and where he was born

  • Places he lived

  • What his parents did

  • What his childhood was like

  • What jobs he had

  • Details of any wife or children

  • When he started writing

  • Different types of writings that he produced

  • His path to fame

  • His later years

  • When he died and his age when he died

  • What people of the time thought of him

  • Any other facts you have found out.

  • Any myths surrounding his life and times.

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Shakespeare�s Works:



You might like to include:

  • Types of writing � plays, sonnets, ..

  • How many works Shakespeare produced

  • How the plays can be grouped � historical, comedy, tragedy � and a description of each style of play

  • Some detail about a particular play from each group

  • How his works were received at the time

  • What people think of Shakespeare�s work nowadays.

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Shakespeare�s Times:


You might like to include:

  • How people lived

  • People�s life expectancy

  • Who was on the throne

  • What people believed in those days.

  • Law and order at those times

  • What did people do for entertainment?

  • How many children did the average family have?

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Shakespeare�s Theatre:


A diagram of the theatre may help with the presentation of this section.


You might like to include

  • How travelling actors used to perform plays.

  • When the globe theatre was built

  • How was the globe theatre organised � where different classes of people sat

  • Women�s roles in plays

  • Use of music, props and costumes

  • How much it cost to go to the theatre

  • What other types of entertainment people enjoyed

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Other ideas:
Make your work fun by including one or two of the following :

  • A Shakespeare crossword, word search or other puzzle        

  • A list of common sayings that come from Shakespeare        

  • A quiz based on the information you put in your project  

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