Curriculum Vital

    If the Bard be your food of love read on:
    Shakespeare series for Key Stages 3-4

    The new National Curriculum in England requires students to study two full Shakespeare texts at Key Stage 3. "Not two!" as Hamlet would say. Alas, yes. But be not afeard! Our guide shows you the best series, along with guides, abridged texts, graphic novels and other related resources to help you deliver a fantastic Shakespeare scheme of work. 

    Cambridge School Shakespeare 

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    Series features

    • Plot synopsis
    • Scene summary and analysis
    • Footnotes and on-page glossary
    • Classroom activities
    • Photos and illustrations
    • Essay-writing guidance
    • History of Shakespeare's life and times

    CGP Complete Text

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    Globe Education Shakespeare

    Series features

    • Plot synopsis
    • Interactive software
    • Footnotes and on-page glossary
    • Classroom activities
    • Photos and illustrations
    • Essays and commentary
    • Video clips from Globe Shakespeare rehearsals
    • Teacher support and assessment notes
    • Photocopiable PDFs and PowerPoint tutorials

    Heinemann Shakespeare

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    Series features

    • Plot synopsis
    • Scene summary and analysis
    • Footnotes and on-page glossary
    • Classroom activities

    No Fear Shakespeare

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    Series features

    • Parallel modern English translation
    • Character profiles
    • Commentary

    Oxford School Shakespeare

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    Series features

    • Plot synopsis
    • Footnotes and on-page glossary
    • Classroom activities
    • Essays and commentary

    Oxford World Classics

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    Penguin Classics

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    Penguin Classics/Black Classics

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    Shakespeare Made Easy (Nelson Thornes)

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    Series features

    • Parallel modern English translation
    • Scene summary and analysis
    • Classroom activities
    • Essays and commentary

    Wordsworth Editions

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    Related articles and resources

    Book review: Shakespeare's Restless World, by Neil MacGregor

    Book review: Springboard Shakespeare, by Ben Crystal

    Book review: Terry Deary's Best Ever Shakespeare Tales

    Book review: The Comedy, History & Tragedy of William Shakespeare, by Anna Claybourne and Timothy Knapman

    Shakespeare Texts for Key Stages 3-4

    Shakespeare series and guides for Key Stage 4 and A-Level

    Shakespeare Day April 23rd

    Lesson plan: 'A Girdle Round the Earth', by Anthony Thwaite

    Lesson plan: 'Sonnet VIII', by William Shakespeare