Essential Question: What strategies might help us to better understand drama and, specifically, Shakespeare’s plays?
- What might we learn by creating a mask that represents a character from Romeo and Juliet?
- In conjunction with the mask, what understanding might we have by reciting a line(s) while “wearing” the mask?
- What is meant by: we will look at two interpretations of Shakespeare’s drama Romeo and Juliet?
- Who defines these interpretations and what benefit might we get as critical thinkers from seeing two interpretations of the same play?
A question to think about: Who was Shakespeare and what was Elizabethan England like?
Anticipation Guide: Answer the following questions before listening to a narrative about Shakespeare and his time.
1.Shakespeare was born in London. T or F
2.Shakespeare father was a glove maker and a politician. T or F
3.Theatre performances were much like traveling circuses that moved from town to town, set-up, performed and moved on. T or F
4.One of the first plays that young William Shakespeare may have seen was Romeo and Juliet. T or F
5.Early plays consisted of elaborate costumes, scenery, props and sound effects. T or F
6.William has an Oxford University education; this was where he learned Latin and Greek, poetry and history. T or F
7.Some believe that Shakespeare was likely apprenticed to a blacksmith or a printer. T or F
8.Shakespeare married and had a daughter named Susanna and a set of twins named Hamnet and Judith. T or F
9.In the London of Shakespeare’s time, people loved plays. For a penny you could stand in the open air and watch a play. The only way you knew if there was a play in town would be if a town crier yelled of the coming event. T or F
10.Costumes in this time were usually hand-me-downs from rich nobleman rather than something made especially for the purpose of a play. T or F
11.Although many people loved plays, as did the Puritans, a powerful religious group, Queen Elizabeth was always threatening to shut the theaters down believing that plays were “sinful, heathenish, lewd, and ungodly.” T or F
12.Playwriting added immensely to the growth of theater, and one of the most popular and talented playwrights of this time was the well-educated Christopher Marlowe. T or F
13.By 1592, Shakespeare is known too, and he became the subject of jealousy by those who were of Marlowe’s class; they made the remark that he was “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers” when his first play appeared and was a hit. T or F
14.Shakespeare also wrote long and short poems, or sonnets in addition to his many plays. T or F
15. Some of the poems Shakespeare wrote he dedicated to the Earl of Southampton which resulted in a handsome gift of money. T or F
We have read these scenes in class.
- Fill-in the chart below as thoroughly as possible while we watch. We will JIGSAW with one side of the room focusing on Music and the other Music.
Version: Costumes: Music: What is the effect of the