Happy Shakespeare and St. George’s Day

It is 23rd April tomorrow, which means that it is Shakespeare Day and St George’s Day, so a day of all things English!

William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon and is regarded to be one of the greatest English poets and playwrights in the English language. His work consists of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two narrative poems and several other poems. His plays have been translated into most languages and are performed more often than those of any other playwright!

To celebrate, we have put two of our favourite pieces of his work on the Teleprompter and Text Feature Tools.

Teleprompter Tool

In the Teleprompter Tool, you will see an excerpt of A Midusmmer Night's Dream within the ‘Summer Solstice’ section of the Text Bank. Use the extract on the whiteboard so that the class can engage in shared reading and take turns to be a news reader or narrator.

Screenshot of EducationCity's Teleprompter Tool












Text Features Tool          

Within the Text Features Tool, you will find Shakespeare’s famous Sonnet 18. Read it together as a class, and then ask your pupils to use the highlighters and pencil to pick out the poetic features within it.

Screenshot of EducationCity's Text Feature Tool












The above texts can be found within Literacy/English in the following years and regions:

Teleprompter Tool –

  • England: Year 6
  • Scotland: Second ** and Second ***
  • Wales: Year 6
  • N. Ireland: P6 and P7

Text Features Tool –

  • England: Years 5 and 6
  • Scotland: Second *, Second ** and Second ***
  • Wales: Years 5 and 6
  • N. Ireland: P6 and P7