These versions of Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream 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.
*Macbeth & the Witches:* This abridgment focuses on Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, and the witches. 7 roles + 11 extras (apparitions and parade of kings)
*A Midsummer Night’s Dream:* This version is a simple abridgment that maintains all of the subplots and has roles for fourteen students.
*Much Ado About Nothing:* This adaptation has very little dialogue (most characters speak only a word at a time) and relies on vocal expression and mime to convey the story. Roles for 13 students.
*The Tempest:* This abridgment maintains all of the subplots and has roles for 13 students and as many extra mariners as you’d like.
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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