Shakespearean Vocabulary

Updated: 4/18/2019
Shakespearean Vocabulary
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Julius Caesar Play Lesson Plans

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

Fearing Rome would lose its democracy under the rule of Caesar, Brutus agrees to kill his friend in the name of Rome. “It is not that I love Caesar less, but that I love Rome more.” (Act 3 Scene 2) Conspiring with other senators, Brutus and Cassius stab Caesar to death Caesar on the day of his coronation. Julius Caesar famously says, "Et tu, Brute?" indicating his deep feeling of betrayal.
Othello Lesson Plans

The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

If you haven't read The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare yet, you are in for a crazy soap opera of lies and suspicion! Shakespeare delivers again with this masterful and tragic tale of lovers and traitors. In Othello, racism, jealousy, and prejudice all culminate with sorrow and murder. Captivate your students and keep them on track with this tricky plot!
Macbeth Play Lesson Plans

The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

The Tragedy of Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare's best-known works. The shortest (and one of the bloodiest) of Shakespeare's tragedies, the story begins with victory and honors for the brave Scottish general, Macbeth. The play follows Macbeth's descent from noble soldier to nefarious traitor.
Romeo and Juliet Activities

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is about two star­-crossed lovers from feuding families, who take their own lives. Through a series of unfortunate events, fate and chance turn against the lovers. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, marry in secret, but are soon separated. The two die tragically in one of the most famous examples of dramatic irony.
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

Despite being one of Shakespeare's most popular works, A Midsummer Night's Dream can be a tough play to follow. It contains four plots, and as Puck's work unfolds, things can get a little strange. Watch your students master this comedy and become pros with Shakespeare!
Hamlet Play Lesson Plans

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

One of the most quoted lines of Shakespeare comes from Hamlet: "To be or not to be, that is the question!" Inspire and engage your students with captivating storyboards as you teach The Tragedy of Hamlet, a dark tale of a prince consumed by revenge. Bring the vivid imagery to life with these lesson plans that incorporate all four strands of the ELA Common Core State Standards.


The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

Storyboard Description

Shakespearean Vocabulary from Julius Caesar | Shakespearean Vocabulary activity

Storyboard Text

  • AQUA-VITAE
  • MARRY
  • Then they asked me if that was the word of the Prince and I replied, "It was marry!"
  • PRAY
  • I pray the nurse comes quickly with good news!
  • Meaning: alcohol & spirits
  • Meaning: indeed
  • Meaning: to hope
  • FORSWEAR
  • 
  • X
  • SHAKESPEAREAN VOCABULARY
  • THOU
  • If thou hast a cold come see me... the friendly apothecary!
  • SAUCE
  • The saucy porter wouldn't let me in without a password.
  • Meaning: to break one's word, to lie
  • Meaning: you (used for one person who is the subject of a sentence)
  • Translation: sassy