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Shakespearean Drama in Motion: Animating Key Scenes from Plays on Brush Ninja Lesson Plan

Learning Objective

Students will be able to use the Brush Ninja animated gif maker to create short animated scenes based on key moments from Shakespearean plays. They will learn about basic principles of animation, storytelling, and character development while also exploring themes and language used in Shakespeare’s works.


  • Computers or tablets with internet access
  • Access to Brush Ninja website
  • Printouts of selected scenes from Shakespearean plays (e.g., Romeo and Juliet balcony scene, Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy)
  • Writing materials for note-taking


  1. Introduce students to the concept of animation and explain how it can be used as a tool for storytelling.
  2. Discuss the importance of characterization and how it relates to creating compelling stories.
  3. Show examples of animated scenes from popular movies or TV shows that illustrate these concepts.
  4. Introduce students to Brush Ninja and demonstrate its basic features.
  5. Assign each student a short passage from a Shakespearean play (e.g., a monologue or dialogue between two characters).
  6. Instruct students to read their assigned passages carefully, paying attention to details such as character traits, tone, and setting.
  7. Using Brush Ninja, have students create an animated scene that captures the essence of their assigned passage.
  8. Encourage students to experiment with different techniques such as camera angles, timing, and pacing to enhance their animations.
  9. Once completed, have students share their animations with the class and discuss what they learned about storytelling through animation.


Assessment will be based on the following criteria:

  • Effective use of animation techniques (e.g., timing, pacing)
  • Accuracy in portraying characters’ traits and emotions
  • Creativity in adapting source material into an original work


For advanced learners or those interested in further exploration:

  • Have students collaborate on longer animated scenes that incorporate multiple passages from a single play.
  • Encourage students to add sound effects to their animation.
  • Discuss the significance of Shakespeare’s works in today’s culture and how adapting them into new forms of media can help keep them relevant.

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