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Free Printable Shakespeare Reader's Guide

Beware the Ides of March! And students, beware of teachers quoting Shakespeare, or Julius Caesar in March! Teachers adore Shakespeare and the Ides of March (March 15) is their feast day! But students--meh, not so much. Are you struggling with Shakespeare? Do you despise your literature teacher for making you read Middle English? Do you fail to see the appeal of the Bard of Avon? That is perfectly understandable, but don't despair. Here are tips to vanquish that Shakespearean tragedy, parse his sonnets and laugh in the face of the Bard's comedy. Teachers and homeschool parents, use these lesson plans to make Shakespeare more approachable for students.
Use your textbook lexicon to translate Middle English. A lexicon is a reference guide like a dictionary that defines and explains word usage from different dialects, regions or periods. Many publishers include a lexicon in the form of references at the bottom of each page. Penguin and Dover Thrift classics of Shakespearean works also include lexicons. Here are free printable Shakespeare lesson plans with lexicons, teachers.
Use a specifically- Shakespeare lexicon. A lexicon will make mincemeat of troublesome Middle English and make you battle-ready for the Ides of March inspired homework assignments! Here are more free printable Shakespeare lesson plans to put Shakespearean dialog in user-friendly terms.
Use Internet study guides. Many sites offer free study guides on Shakespeare's books and sonnets. They will include a character analysis, character web, plot timeline, major themes and chapter or verse breakdown, as well as an explanation of unfamiliar terms. Cliffnotes, Sparknotes, Bookrags, E-Notes and Pink Monkey provide great literary help with Middle English, Here are more free printable Shakespeare resources.
Read any Shakespeare story in the narrative or children's version. Julius Caesar should beware the Ides of March and teachers should beware of reading the play versions of Shakespearean works until students have a feel for the actual story without all the confusing theatrical notes and dialogue. Charles and Mary Lamb and Evelyn Nesbit have written beautiful story versions of Shakespeare's that are very readable for all ages.
When you get to the play, read the dialogue aloud. Shakespeare is first and foremost a playwright. His works were written for actors in a theater. His sonnets were written to be read aloud. Read plays as if you're a troupe of theatre actors. Put a little enthusiasm into it! Add the correct emotion (which the play will tell you in parenthesis). Get into character. Reading aloud as Shakespeare's plays were meant to be read, will help you to understand the flow and meaning of the dialogue.

Visualize the similes and metaphors
. Shakespeare was free with metaphor, so to understand his phraseology is to connect with his metaphorical references (which may be very different in Medieval/Renaissance England than in 2016!)

Free Printable 3D Model Circus Carousel, Theater

Looking for a way to spice up literature or history lessons?  Here's a complete free printable vintage cirque (circus) carousel merry-go-round and a complete regency miniature theater with characters for the play Cinderella. These are available from the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

This link will take you to the free printable French circus carousel with sweet tiny little vintage toys circus performers and horses. The miniature circus carousel has lovely French script. The instructions are in French, but you will easily see how to cut and paste and then assemble your vintage carousel.  There are four pages for the free printable circus carousel.

This link takes you to a complete free printable miniature theater set for Cinderella. You will print in black and white and then color the entire miniature theater, characters, costumes and set. This document is 22 pages long. The miniature theater includes free printable stage with supports.  There are also several pages of scenery backdrops and characters dressed in costumes they wear for each scene of the play. Label each character's name, acts and scene numbers he appears in on the back lightly with pencil. That way you know how to arrange and move characters. The play is set in Regency France; Cinderella costumes are designed and set is furnished thus.