These versions of Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, and Taming of the Shrew are part of my Shakespeare in 30 collection. Each play in this series has been adapted for teens to tackle in a half an hour. You can use these scripts for Reader’s Theatre (1-2 class periods), Staged Readings (one week), or full productions (3-4 weeks+). This resource has been tested and performed with students in grades 6-12.
*Juliet & Romeo:* This is an exploration of role/gender reversal with an emphasis on the fight scenes. 6F/1M
*The Comedy of Errors:* This slapstick abridgment focuses on the twins’ antics. Roles for 10 students.
*Twelfth Night:* This abridgment focuses on the mistreatment of Malvolio, with a heavy dose of cultural references for comedy. Roles for 5 students.
*Deceiving Christopher Sly:* This mashup of the induction of Taming of the Shrew and the play-within-a-play from A Midsummer Night’s Dream can be cast flexibly with roles for 9-15 students.
1. A full Teacher’s Guide:
–Teaching Drama in ELA & Questions to Consider
–Guide to a Staged Reading (Making the Most of One Week)
–Tips for Teaching Shakespeare
–Director’s Notes (and blank version)
2. An editable script
3. Shakespeare’s Language Worksheets:
–Thou vs. You
4. Editable Extension Activities:
–Character Analysis + Rubric
–Performance Review + Rubric
–Soft Skills Rubric
“This resource provides the ‘quick & dirty’ of a drama, without the dragging on process of a 2-3 month unit. I also love that it provides teamwork and empathy, as my kids need to continue to realize the world doesn’t revolve entirely around them!” -Victoria R.
Download the preview for more information! You can also view a sample Close Reading scene (for The Tempest) here.
Your download is a .zip file containing a several files. The Teacher’s Guide is a .pdf and cannot be edited. You can edit the script (.doc) and the extension activities (.ppt). If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at email@example.com.
Two-play combo: Romeo & Juliet
Four Play Bundle: Juliet & Romeo, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Four Play Bundle: Juliet & Romeo, Deceiving Christopher Sly, The Comedy of Errors, and Twelfth Night
Four Play Bundle: Juliet & Romeo, Macbeth & the Witches, Othello, and Julius Caesar
Four Play Bundle: Macbeth & the Witches, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing
Four Play Bundle: Four Versions of Hamlet
Eight Play Bundle
If you can’t find the four-play combination you want in the plays listed above, you can make your own! Simply purchase any three plays and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number. Let me know the play you’d like to receive for free, and I’ll email it to you within a few days. 🙂
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