Shakespearean Vocabulary

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Shakespearean Vocabulary

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A great way to engage your students in comprehending the text is by creating a storyboard that uses Shakespearean vocabulary. Many students struggle with the meaning of commonly used Shakespearean terms; getting them to use them in context before reading is an excellent way to cultivate the comprehension of vocabulary. In the example below, students were asked to create storyboards that use familiar Shakespearean terms.

In a Shakespearean vocabulary board, students can use the words in a sentence they create, or they can pick a phrase from the play. In the example storyboard, the student has chosen to create their sentences for their words:

  • Marry - Indeed:

    "Then they asked me if that was the word of the Prince, and I replied, 'It was marry!'"

  • Pray - To hope:

    I pray the nurse comes quickly with good news!

  • Sauce - Sassy:

    The saucy porter wouldn't let me in without a password.

  • Thou - You (used for one person who is the subject of a sentence):

    If thou hast a cold come see me... the friendly apothecary!


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Create a spider map storyboard for Shakespearean vocabulary words and phrases.


  1. Identify unfamiliar words or phrases that Shakespeare uses.
  2. Type each into the title boxes.
  3. Briefly describe the meaning of the word in the description box.
  4. Create a standalone comic in each cell that has the word in a sentence in a speech or thought bubble.

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