This unit of work is based on Poetry for Kids: William Shakespeare edited by Marguerite Tassi.

This engaging book comprises over thirty of Shakespeare’s most loved speeches, verses and sonnets. Each poem is beautifully illustrated and clearly explained making it perfectly accessible to children between 8 – 12 years old.

The unit comprises 15 sessions of English planning and focuses on mastering key writing skills (grammar, vocabulary and punctuation) from the national curriculum. Opportunities to develop reading comprehension, writing composition and spoken language skills are also woven throughout the unit.

In addition, this unit has regular opportunities for pupils to work on performance skills.

Mastery skills:

Year 5:

  • Use adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility
  • Enhance meaning through selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary
  • Describe characters, settings and atmosphere
  • Use commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity in writing

Year 6:

  • Recognise vocabulary and structures for formal speech and writing, including subjunctive forms
  • Identify the audience for and purpose of writing
  • Choose the appropriate register
  • Use semi-colons, colons or dashes to mark boundaries between independent clauses

Short writing opportunities:

  • Description
  • Playscript
  • Diary
  • Speech
  • Letter

This unit can be used individually or as part of a whole-school themed project with our other units on this theme.

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