Adapted by Linda Scott
|California Language Arts Content Standards|
|Standards Addressed in this Unit|
TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITIESSelect and adapt these learning activities to best meet the needs of your students, and to fit the time available:
Students choose some aspect of the age they would like to explore eg. clothing; culture; profile of Queen Elizabeth I; major events and discoveries; what kind of place was the city of London? Assign one worksheet topic to each group to ensure coverage of topic. It is expected that they will use a variety of sources - Internet, CD-ROM, print resources, etc. The reliability of different research sources could be explored by using the Thinking Critically about Research unit from English Online New Zealand.
Students will use both primary and secondary sources and prepare a written bibliography following MLA style.
Students may work in small groups or individually, eg. in a group, one student may use the Internet, one a CD-ROM and one a print resource.
Give students the worksheet with suggestions for topics they may like to study.
- Brainstorm: In groups, students brainstorm what they know about
and Shakespearean times, using news print to record their ideas.
Present thoughts to the rest of the class.
- Discover: Give students a copy of the worksheet and either assign a topic to each group or
let them choose. Encourage students' own questions. Students record what
they need to find out about their topic.
- Overview: Go through the overview
page with each group. Make sure it is completed and each student in the
group has a task to perform.
- Questions: Make sure that the questions the students want to find
answers to, are recorded on the overview sheet.
- Note taking: At this stage, students who have found suitable
visuals can print, photocopy or make posters, insert into PowerPoint slide, and file for
use in the presentation of the seminar. Students will also prepare a written bibliography for group presentation.
- Preparing the seminar: When all notes are made and visuals filed, the seminar is prepared. There will be a suitable introduction, which will explain the topic and what the group wanted to find out. The person introducing will explain who in the group will talk about which part. Allow time during each presentation for questions.
ASSESSMENTStudents will submit a written bibliography to the teacher when they present their seminar. See the assessment rubric.
RESOURCESLarge sheets of news print and felt pens for brainstorming.
- William Shakespeare: The Complete Works
This is a very comprehensive site with links to the complete works including background information, biographical information and pictures, information about Elizabethan theatres, a Shakespearean dictionary, the first folio, quotes, a quiz and a discussion forum.
- Life in Elzabethan England
- Seeing, Storms and Madness: King Lear - an English Online unit.
- Romeo and Juliet - an English Online unit.
- Julius Caesar - an English Online unit.
- The Romeo and Juliet Web Guide has teaching guides and student activity sheets for Romeo and Juliet.
- Mr William Shakespeare and the Internet
- The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
- Surfing with the Bard
- Talking to Shakespeare
- A Shakespeare Glossary
- William Shakespeare Authorship WebQuest
- Will the Real William Shakespeare Please Stand Up
- Much Ado About Something
Is it possible that William Shakespeare was the nom-de-plume of Christopher Marlowe, the 16 century English playwright? This site explores the evidence and the conflicting viewpoints.
- In Search of Shakespeare
A PBS resource to support the television series which includes, teaching resources, a playwright game and information on Shakespeare's life and times.
- No Fear Shakespeare
A site which presents the language of Shakespeare's plays side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English.
- World Book
- Encyclopedia Britannica
- Tillyard, E.M.W. Pelican Guide to English Literature No 2 The Age of Shakespeare
- Spurgeon, Caroline. The Elizabethan World Picture. (Pelican)