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  Shakespeare's sayings
Updated 02 September 2003, 15.07
Prince Charles meets Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Learning aims
  • Understand the term 'phrase'

  • Increase knowledge of Shakespeare's works

  • Collect, define and compose own rhyming words and phrases

Introduction

Actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes, co-stars in the film Shakespeare In Love, have performed for Prince Charles at London's Globe Theatre.

Read through with the class the story Shakespeare lessons are "naff" say teachers.

Ask the class what they think a 'phrase' is?

  • a group of words forming a unit of meaning

  • a short effective expression

Main activity
Give the class the list of examples on the Shakespeare's phrases worksheet.

What do the class think these phrases mean?

Fact File
Support words
At one fell swoop - Macbeth
This describes the rapid descent made by the Red Kite when capturing prey

Extension activity
Students make a wall-chart of phrases that Shakespeare is associated with.

Plenary
Recap on the definition and function of phrases and hear students' own examples.


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