Shakespeare Close-reading Starters and Plenaries for KS3

Shakespeare Close-reading Starters and Plenaries for KS3

Generate excitement and focus amongst your students with imaginative and original starter activities!

  • Wide range of useful vocabulary for students to learn and relate to existing knowledge
  • Encourages students to think laterally about how words and phrases shape meaning
  • Fully cross-referenced to reading objectives of the KS3 national curriculum
  • All instructions and answers included
  • 25 activities for each text!


Activity Type Part 1: Recognition Games Part 2: Discussion Activities
Quote Hunt A quotation is revealed word by word. Students will aim to
identify the full quotation and which character it is spoken
Students explore the meaning of a key word from the quotation in terms of a) the whole play, and b) the quotation itself.
Fade Out Students try to memorise jumbled words from a quotation and put them in the right order. Students explore the meaning of a key word both in and
outside of the context of the quotation.
Tone of Voice Students identify the appropriate tone of voice for the quotation given. Students work in pairs speaking the lines aloud, thinking about tone of voice, body language and dramatic pauses.
Wipe Out Students identify which 6 out of 12 quotations are spoken by a particular character. Students explore and analyse one of the quotations in detail.
WordPics Students have to identify the missing word in a quotation
using one of three picture clues.
Students consider why the playwright chose the identified
word rather than another.

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