Shakespeare was a famous playwright, but he also wrote sonnets and poems. Venus and Adonis is a 199 stanza long sonnet written in iambic pentameter. In the poem, Venus is in love with Adonis and wants him to love her back, but all he wants to do is hunt wild boar. After she tries to tell him hunting boar is dangerous, he is killed hunting a wild boar.
Twenty of the comedy, tragedy and history plays such as A Mid Summer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Othello, have been rewritten for children by Elizabeth Nesbit and are free on the audio story site librivox under the title Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare. We often listen to the stories two or three times to sift through the cast of numerous characters. My 7 year old and 10 year old love the stories. Tales From Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb is another excellent, although more difficult, Shakespeare resource for children. I would recommend it for 4th grade and up as the stories are challenging to understand.
I've Seen Better Days, All that Glitters is Not Gold, That's a Sorry Sight - Shakespeare is credited with adding over 3000 words to the English language and creating many sayings which are still familiar and used today. Here are a few more;
- Laughing Stock
- Wild Goose Chase
- In a Pickle
- Love is Blind
- Bated Breath
- Knock, Knock - Who's There?
- Good Ridance
- Haven't Slept a Wink
- Eat Me Out of House and Home
To see more of our hands-on history activities please visit our History Page.
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