Shakespearean Glossary - Middle School Reading Article Worksheet


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Shakespearean Glossary
Read the following article carefully and make notes in the margin as you read.
Your notes should include:
o Comments that show that you understand the article. (A summary or statement of the main
idea of important sections may serve this purpose.)
o Questions you have that show what you are wondering about as you read.
o Notes that differentiate between fact and opinion.
o Observations about how the writer’s strategies (organization, word choice, perspective,
support) and choices affect the article.
Your margin notes are part of your score for this assessment.
Answer the questions carefully in complete sentences unless otherwise instructed.
Student ____________________________Class Period__________________
Notes on my thoughts,
Shakespearean Glossary
reactions and questions as I
Let's face it, no matter how many times your
English teacher rambles on about how cool
Shakespeare is, his stuff isn't too easy to read.
We're not talking about a few funny words, like
in Doctor Seuss - we're talking Old English,
which may as well be a different language. To
help you get to the actual story behind those
baffling words, Kidzworld's put together a cheat
sheet for reading Shakespeare. Check it out!
Shakespeare's Vocab A – Z
alas - an exclamation of sadness or regret
barn - no, it's not the thing that cows live in In Shakespeare's time this was a child
abate - this is a multi-purpose word meaning either to shorten, to throw down or to
dull the edge of
aim - a guess
bob - this isn't just a dude's name, Shakespeare used it to mean to strike something, or
to insult someone or to get something from someone by insulting them
century - one hundred of anything
coil - what we would now call turmoil or a disturbance
cross - a piece of money or a coin
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