This was an interesting dilemma, how do you present the Bard to 2nd graders? Seventeenth Century London might as well be outer space, so I decided to take the students on a trip back in time. In another life, I used to be a graduate student in Early Modern English History, so it was fun to go back to my own past.
This group walked down from a nearby school, and for second graders were a very attentive audience. I started by reading Will’s Quill, or How a Goose Saved Shakespeare, and then took them back in time with a PowerPoint based loosely on this book:
It was a lot of fun, and I was invited to give the presentation to the other half of the 2nd graders at that school.