Resources for teachers

If you're teaching on The Merchant of Venice, these extra resources from our Education team are available:

Free education resources for The Merchant of Venice.

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

Schools' synopsis
An engaging synopsis for students and teachers, created by writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Spoken-word synopsis
Watch spoken-word artist Kate Tempest delivering her synopsis.
The transcript is also available to download as a PDF document.


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  • Learn more about teaching Shakespeare on our teachers' CPD courses.
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  • Find free activities, photos, videos and more in our Resource bank.
  • Buy Teachers' Toolkit book which contains many exercises for teaching The Merchant of Venice, from introducing the play to more in-depth explorations of the characters, relationships and themes.

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