What do your children know about William Shakespeare? This great writer, one of the greatest we have had in the history of literature, left us a great legacy of works that we must read at some point in our lives. Share with your children this biography in tale where Marisa Alonso tells us the life of William Shakespeare.
After this short story, we propose some reading comprehension questions that will help you check if your children have paid attention to reading. In addition, we have made a small compilation with some of the most famous phrases of the writer Shakespeare for you to reflect with your little ones on the topics they propose.
William was born in a small English town called Stratford-upon-Avon. He belonged to a large family; he was the third of several siblings. His father, John, owned a glove factory and his mother, Mary, was the daughter of farmers.
When William started going to school He didn't think he was going to like it so much: he learned to read, he studied Latin, Greek, history, literature, and poetry, and at that time he was the happiest child in the world.
- Look! - He said to his friends, imitating his neighbor the baker, gesturing and declaiming while everyone laughed.
It happened that his father's business began to go badly and he had no choice but to stop studying and get to work to help at home, and couldn't go to college.
- They're coming, they're coming! - He shouted happily when he saw the street theaters entering the town that fascinated him so much.
He was so passionate about acting and being an actor that he began to create stories to be able to get on the stage of a theater.
- You can kiss my hand! - He said gracefully dressed as a queen, stretching out his hand while everyone looked at him.
He played the queen because at that time they couldn't do theater, that's why young men like him also played female roles.
With eighteen years he married Anne Hathaway and had three children: a girl named Susanna and the twins Hamnet and Judith.
In addition to being a very good actor, he wrote plays, poems and sonnets, and last but not least, made up a bunch of new words that after four hundred years they are still used, because William wrote for all people and all times. There was a time when he was known as the Bard of Avon.
He loved everything he wrote, interpreted and recited so much that today he is one of the most famous authors in world literature.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet, are some of his best known works.
Who does not know his famous phrase: 'To be or not to be, that is the question'? (Hamlet).
Do you think your children have paid attention to what you have been reading? Check it out from the following reading comprehension questions that we propose. Working on this skill of children is very important, as it plays an essential role in their life as students.
We begin with an exercise of questions that refer to what has been read.
- Did William Shakespeare like reading and theater?
- Why did you have to stop studying?
- Why was William playing a woman in the theater?
- Did you get married and have children?
- Do you remember the name of some of the plays Shakespeare wrote?
Great for those answers! We continue working on reading comprehension with another simple but very useful exercise to measure children's attention. Here are some phrases related to the text. As you will quickly realize, they are not in order. Will your children manage to order them according to what the story tells?
- William Shakespeare had to drop out of college to help run the family business.
- When he got older, Shakespeare began to write plays that have survived to this day.
- When William started going to school he realized that he loved to read and write.
And finally, we recommend that you look up in the dictionary all the words that your children have not understood from the text.
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Here we have made a brief selection of some of the most famous phrases from the works of William Shakespeare. All of them contain a little teaching or reflection that you can share with your children. In addition, they can be used to start a conversation with them about slightly more abstract or transcendental topics to find out their opinion on the matter.
- In a minute there are many days
Do you know which Shakespearean play this phrase belongs to? Effectively! To 'Romeo and Juliet'. It refers to the way we live time according to how we feel at each moment. And is that, sometimes, a minute can pass as fast as a second, while at other times it can last as long as an hour.
- My kingdom for a horse
This Shakespearean phrase has become so famous that it has already become a set phrase or a popular saying in Spanish. It refers to those times when we feel a bit locked in and desperately search for any solution to our problems. This phrase, which belongs to the play 'Richard III', can serve as an excuse to ask the children about how they would react to a problem that arises.
- The unfortunate has no other medicine than hope
This phrase belongs to 'Measure for Measure', a play by William Shakespeare that deals with the theme of chance and the hope of our lives. By sharing this message with your children, you can talk to them about what hope is. It is an abstract concept that is difficult for young children to understand, so you can give examples from your life so that they understand what it means to have hope.
- The one who goes too fast arrives as late as the one who goes slowly
This phrase leaves us several lessons that we can share with our children. On the one hand, he talks about how when we do things too fast, they can turn out so badly that it would have been better to do them slowly. However, it also refers to the need to find the middle ground. And it is that, in the balance is the virtue.
May you really enjoy the works of William Shakespeare!
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