Shakespeare in the Schools

The classroom resources linked below are complete Shakespeare units, ready for use in your classroom. Each unit includes a detailed schedule, scaffolded plot and character introductions, scripts for classroom use, and other ancillaries. 

The Shakespeare in the Schools method engages students with complex texts in a fun, interactive, low-stress environment. For each play, students learn the story and characters first, then practice taking parts in the play's scenes. Student scripts are in Shakespeare's Early Modern English. Each play is shortened to make it possible (with practice) to perform all of the scenes in a single class period. Clarity, fluency, and comprehension are the goals students strive to achieve in performing the scenes. Memorization is NOT expected -- students keep their scripts in hand. 

Read more about the Shakespeare in the Schools initiative HERE.

Read more about the history of the Shakespeare in the Schools program (presentation given at Midwest MLA convention) HERE.

Read more about using Shakespeare with ELL students in a blended or dedicated ELL classroom HERE.

“Let them play it!”

The Shakespeare in the Schools Partnership Initiative is a program designed to help bring the wonder and fun of Shakespeare into area grade 3-8 classrooms, and to enhance the Shakespeare teaching and learning in K-12 education in general. Learn more about Shakespeare in the Schools, and check out the article below for a glimpse into past workshops and activities.

Article: Shakespeare in the Schools 2012 (with photos)


Shakespeare in the Schools 2012            Shakespeare in the Schools 2012

 2013 Shakespeare in the Schools highlight video produced by Roundabout U.

Shakespeare in the Schools Partner Teachers are bringing Shakespeare to students in our region and across the country. 

Please e-mail Dr. Barbara Cobb at if you are using Shakespeare in the Schools teacher resources in your school! And please share teacher resources for possible inclusion on the Shakespeare in the Schools website. 


Check out our Shakespeare in the Schools teacher resources for fun classroom exercises that connect your students with the Bard's works! Available exercises include:
As You Like It

Henry IV, Part 1
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Sonnets of Shakespeare
The Tempest
Twelfth Night 
Twelfth Night in ONE Day!
The Winter's Tale


Dr. Barbara Mather Cobb

7B-15 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341