Some fun with Shakespeare!!!!
I know that Shakespeare is covered at Secondary school but I don't see any harm in children familiarising themselves with some of his work and having fun with some of the older Shakespearean language at Primary. Most teachers may feel that the older language would really tricky for the children to understand but here is how you can overcome that in a enjoyable and engaging way.
I came across this idea after stumbling on the twitter profile of @Shakespearesong. An account which rewrites current lyrics of songs as if they were the works of Shakespeare. WARNING - a lot of these tweets are not appropriate for children and have to be carefully chosen if they are to be shared with your class but here is an example:
Increase the altitude of thy hands in respect to Detroit; one adores this settlement.
— Shakespeare Lyrics (@ShakespeareSong) May 30, 2013
"Put your hands up for Detroit,"
I have had lots of laughs reading these tweets and trying to work out the songs. It made me think about how I could introduce Shakespeare in this way using examples that the children are more comfortable with. Year 5 children may not be able to translate a monologue from Macbeth but they could maybe translate a One Direction or Justin Bieber lyric???
Perchance, if I was thy boyfriend, never wouldst I release thou.
— Shakespeare Lyrics (@ShakespearePop) May 24, 2013
Using some of these examples or even making up your own would be a really engaging and enjoyable way to introduce some of the typical Shakespearean language used in all his works. When the children have worked with some current examples, they will be more inclined to try with some real examples. This then led me to then come across the app "Shakespeare Translator," this app allows you to translate text, useful phrases, famous quotes or lyrics and give it a Shakespearean twist. It also includes a glossary of Shakespearean words and phrases with a modern day translation . Here is a screenshot: