Tales From Shakespeare: A Unit Study {Free eBook}

Tales From Shakespeare: A Unit Study {Free eBook}On February 10, 1775, writer Charles Lamb was born in London.  Although best known for his essays, Tales from Shakespeare will be familiar to many homeschoolers.

Written with his sister Mary, Tales from Shakespeare sought to make Shakespearean tragedies and comedies accessible to children while maintaining the language of the original.  This was accomplished by weaving Shakespeare’s own words into a narrative and avoiding words more common to their own generation.

Perhaps their intentions in writing the book are made clear from this quote from the preface:

Tales From Shakespeare: A Unit Study {Free eBook}What these Tales shall have been to the YOUNG readers, that and much more it is the writers’ wish that the true Plays of Shakespeare may prove to them in older years—enrichers of the fancy, strengtheners of virtue, a withdrawing from all selfish and mercenary thoughts, a lesson of all sweet and honorable thoughts and actions, to teach courtesy, benignity, generosity, humanity: for of examples, teaching these virtues, his pages are full.

Tales from Shakespeare has become a classic in its own right.

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Further Investigation

“The Bard of Avon” William Shakespeare 1564-1616
Biography from Barbara Smith.

Phrases Coined by William Shakespeare
And there were a lot of them!



Will’s Words
Interactive from PBS where you try to determine which one of the the words given were coined by William Shakespeare.

Do Your Own Shakespeare
Interactive from the University of Texas Austin where you choose a part and put on a play.

Copywork: Quotations from Shakespeare’s Plays
Free download from Living Books Curriculum featuring 30 pages of Shakespeare quotations for copywork.

Everything Old is New Again
PBS handout where students translate lines from Shakespeare into modern English.

Interactive Globe Theatre
Learn more about the theater where Shakespeare’s plays were performed.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
Papercraft recreation.



Tales from Shakespeare
Unillustrated from Project Gutenberg.

Tales from Shakespeare
Illustrated by Louis Rhead, published by Harper and Brothers, London, 1918.

Tales from Shakespeare
LibriVox audio version read by Karen Savage.


Unit Studies & Lesson Plans

Shakespeare Unit Study
Suggestions from Steward Ship.


Printables & Notebooking Pages

Words Coined by William Shakespeare Notebooking Pages
Free 6-page download at NotebookingFairy.com with pages that work great for copywork!

Tales From Shakespeare Notebooking Pages
Simple pages for copywork, narrations, or wrapping up.