Shakespeare Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Introduce your students to Shakespeare with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson, make personal connections to increase content knowledge, then do a project on Shakespeare.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of Shakespeare
  • discuss Shakespeare's plays
  • compare and contrast Shakespeare to a modern writer


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.


  • Copies of the lesson William Shakespeare Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography, one for each student
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Tape
  • Sonnets by Shakespeare

Key Vocabulary

  • Playwright
  • Globe
  • Sonnets

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Ask students to identify their favorite author. If necessary, give students time to browse your classroom or school library.
  • Once identified, divide students into partner pairs to share their choice, explaining why they like this author.
  • Share as a whole class, discussing characteristics of the author's writing that students like.
  • Now allow students to write a few things they know about the author, using book jackets or the internet for guidance. When was the author born? What genre does the author write? How many books have they published?
  • Set aside author information for later.
  • Tell students they'll be learning about an author named William Shakespeare. Allow students to share prior knowledge in small groups, then discuss as a whole class.

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