Fighting Words

Fighting Words

Use Shakespeare's language to inspire your students to write their own dramatic argument with our Fighting Words project.

The series of video provocations are for teachers to use directly in the classroom with students aged 11 - 18.
The videos will encourage your students to use the fight scenes between Kate and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew to write their own short dramatic argument.

You can run this project with your students anytime to suit you.

Fighting Words was devised in collaboration with internationally acclaimed playwright Ola Animashawun and was initially run as an online competition as part of our Young People's Shakespeare (YPS) Week in 2011.

How to run Fighting Words with your students

A full list of resources is given below.
We'd be delighted to hear how you get on with this project. Email us:

Resources for Fighting Words

Fighting Words activity films
These short films introduce The Taming of the Shrew, explore and analyse Shakespeare's conflicts betweens Kate and Petruchio, and introduce your students to using the ideas of sparring and rhyming to write their own scene. 
Watch films »

Students' resource park
Ideas and guidance for students writing their own scene.
It also contains the text from The Taming of the Shrew as heard in the films.
Download Students' resource pack (PDF 410K) »

Teachers' resource pack
This pack provides classroom activities for further exploration of the text used in the films and Shakespeare's writing techniques.
Download Teachers's resource pack (PDF 120K) »

Shakespeare's Language
Find out more about Shakepseare's major contribution to the English language and download our free information sheet on how Shakespeare's language works, with descriptions of some of the major tools of his art.
Shakespeare's Language »

Top filming tips
Devised by our Education Digital Producer and RSC Filmmaker, this document give simple advice on how to film your own scripts and interviews.
Download Top filming tips (PDF 500K) »

Resources for The Taming of the Shrew 

A summary of the story, suitable for students.

Themes and motifs 
A list of the themes and motifs in The Taming of the Shrew and examples of scenes where you can study them.

Other resources

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Our collection of free classroom resources.

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