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Shakespeare Insult Duels

shakespeare insult duelsOk, I started the first ever “Insult Like Shakespeare Day” this past April 23rd and, although it never got picked up by Yahoo! or any major press (hint, hint guys!), it was still pretty popular and I got some GREAT feedback during the day.  That being said, there was one, in particular, that was clearly THE BEST.  There is a great 6th-grade teacher out of Rosedell Elementary named Sherri (@singletchr for those of you who want to contact a great mind!) who took my idea of Insult Like Shakespeare to the next level.  She created Shakespeare Insult Duels, that’s right, duels.  (Get your own Shakespeare Insult Generator here!)


Now, how does one perform a Shakespeare insult duel you may ask? Well, it’s pretty simple really. Just grab two kids, give them one of our insult generators, some type of sword, teach them to say stuff with a bit of angst, and stand back. Once they have practiced a few times, then they get in front of the class, face-off, and start firing insults back-and-forth.


Pretty entertaining, I must say!!! And talking about engaging kids with Shakespeare, this takes it to the next level. Well done Sherri and Rosedell elementary sixth-graders, you guys rock!!! See some more of the fun videos below. BTW, the hashtag #ShakespeareBurn is quite appropriate here!

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By brendan kelso

Brendan is the main creative source and author behind Playing With Plays and the infamous Shakespeare for Kids series. You can typically find him inventing by day, playing with his family by night, and writing by very late night.

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