Another way to have students with gifts and talent enthused about Shakespeare is to have a Shakespeare Festival.
To allow students to immerse in the Shakespearean culture, learn about characters and language first-hand by portraying characters. To share knowledge with others within the school and community
Brainstorm with students what they already know about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Era. This knowledge will help them develop their characters and the various components of the Festival. Discuss food, culture, games, and jobs of that time.
Create a Shakespearean Festival that will be shared with the entire school community. Dress is costume. Break students up in groups and have them decide on a scene from one of the Bard's plays to perform. Organize and facilitate other aspects of the festival including food, games, and crowning of the King and Queen of the festival.
Crowning of the King and Queen can be done fairly by pulling names of students who worked on the festival from a hat. This eliminates favoritism by teachers or popularity contests with students.
Participation in the preparation and production of the festival will be graded. Have students prepare a paper after the festival is over that discusses what they knew and what they learned by being involved in the festival. (Note to teachers: If they are having fun, then they will be learning!)