The Shakespeare Board Games

The Secondary English Department were keen to get the students engaged and enthusiastic about Shakespeare this week. “This term Year 9 students will study Romeo and Juliet in the full, traditional English version”, Mrs Plummer, their English teacher, said. “This can be quite a challenge for any student but second language speakers can find this especially tricky!”

For this reason, the English department came up with a brilliant idea to support the reading and learning of William Shakespeare’s life, works and plays: A project-based learning activity.

Their project was to create a “board” game (thus making a pun on “board” and “Bard”, as Shakespeare is often referred to) based on a Question-and-Answer system.

The project involved several skills, such as creativity, art and craft skills, and research techniques in order to make up the questions and find the related answers. As a collaborative project, it also reinforced effective group work strategies.

The students created very good imaginative and thoughtful games, from trivial pursuit to chess and pictionary, among others. And they really enjoyed playing with them!

From a pedagogical point of view, Mrs Petrie, English teacher, explained that this learner-led activity helps children organise and fix the data as they have to conduct research in order to write the quizzes. They also have to produce high quality instructions all the players can understand easily, thus practicing their writing and grammar skills.

“Through this activity students have become enthused about Shakespeare and have started to become familiar with his plays, style and language”, Mrs Plummer summed up.