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September, 2013

  1. #6. The Globe Theatre

    September 14, 2013 by MrsWinnacott

    The Globe is the theatre that was built by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, and many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed there. In fact, Shakespeare’s plays are still performed at the Globe today!

    Theatres during the Elizabethan era were very different from theatres today. Your job is to find out more about the Globe, and understand what it might have been like to watch a play in the Globe during Shakespeare’s time. Understanding the Globe helps us to understand why Shakespeare’s plays are written in a particular way, and how his audience would affect his writing.

    You are required to research and answer the following questions. Your research should equal 1-2 pages, and the task will be marked out of 15. The number in brackets indicates how many marks each question is worth, and will give you an idea of how much you need to write.

    Your research must be typed, printed and handed in with your name on it.


    1. Where was the Globe theatre built? (1)
    2. When was it built? (1)
    3. Find a picture of the inside of the Globe theatre and label it (or find a picture that is already labelled). (1)
    4. Find a picture of the outside of the Globe theatre and label it (or find a picture that is already labelled). (1)
    5. Find a picture of the Globe theatre today. (1)
    6. Create a timeline of the theatre. You should include elements such as when it was built, when it experienced major disasters, when it closed etc. Your timeline should go up to the present day. (2)
    7. Explain the different sections of the theatre, and describe the types of people who would be located in each section. (2)
    8. Research theatre and stage performance in Elizabethan England. Write 1 paragraph summarising what you have discovered. (3)
    9. Research costumes used during Elizabethan stage productions. Write 1 paragraph summarising what you have discovered. (2)
    10. Describe how the Globe theatre is used today. (1)

  2. #5. Shakespeare’s Life

    September 14, 2013 by MrsWinnacott

    Shakespeare’s life, background and experiences would invariably impact on his writing. It is therefore useful for us to have an idea of where he came from, and the type of life that he lived.

    Your next task is to research Shakespeare’s life and answer the following questions. Your research should equal 1-2 pages, and will be marked out of 20. The number in brackets indicates how many marks each question is worth, which will give you an idea of how much information you need to include.

    Your research needs to be typed up, printed out and handed in with your name on it.

    You may find some of the videos that you have already watched useful for some of your information gathering.


    1. When was William Shakespeare born? (1)
    2. Where was he born? (1)
    3. Who were his parents? (1)
    4. What did his parents do for a living? (1)
    5. Describe Shakespeare’s education. (2)
    6. How did Shakespeare first become involved in the theatre, and how did his involvement progress? (3)
    7. Did Shakespeare marry? Who did he marry? Describe their family. (3)
    8. How many plays and sonnets did Shakespeare write? (1)
    9. Which of Shakespeare’s plays are some of his most famous? List at least 5. (1)
    10. Some people argue that Shakespeare did not write all the plays and sonnets that he is credited with. What are some of the reasons that critics give for this? (2)
    11. What is so interesting about Shakespeare’s death? (1)
    12. What are three interesting facts that you found about Shakespeare, which are NOT covered by the above questions? (3)

  3. #4. Keeping track of blogs, videos and links

    September 13, 2013 by MrsWinnacott

    By now you may have noticed that this unit is going to require checking this blog regularly, watching a number of videos and completing quizzes online. How do you know which work you need to complete first? And how are you supposed to keep track of all these videos and links?

    Knowing which work to complete first

    • Each of the blog posts has a number in the title, letting you know which order you should read the posts in, and therefore, the order in which you need to complete work. So, start with the post with #1 in the title, then move onto #2, then #3 etc.
    • On the right hand side of the blog, you will see a “Search” box. You can also type in the number for the blog post that you are looking for here, so for example, if you have finished reading post #3, you can type “#4” into the search box to take you to that post.
    • Make sure that you complete the required tasks in each blog post before you move onto the next one.


    Keeping track of videos and links

    • Each blog post tells you which videos and links you need to access.
    • If you are having trouble accessing a link, or you want to see all the videos on one page, you can visit this Shakespeare Symbaloo page for most or all of the links.
    • The videos are also available on the Student Public T Drive. Go to Student Public/Year 9/English/Mrs Winnacott/Shakespeare. Use these videos if you don’t have the internet at home or you are having trouble accessing the videos online.


    What if a video or link doesn’t work?

    • Use the videos available on the Student Public Drive, or the links via the Symbaloo page.


    Do the quiz results matter?

    • Yes! We use these quiz results to check if you are understanding the work that we are going through, and we take your quiz results into account when we write your reports.


  4. #3. Introductory Videos

    September 13, 2013 by MrsWinnacott

    Now that we have found out what you already know about Shakespeare, it’s time to add to your knowledge.

    To do this, you need to complete the following:

    1. Watch this video on ‘An Introduction to Shakespeare‘ (2:09)
    2. Watch the introductory talk entitled ‘Introduction to a Taste of Shakespeare‘ (12:25)
      • You may wish to take notes to help you complete your quiz
    3. Answer this quiz on what you have learnt from the introductory videos: Your passcode is 9F
    4. Watch the video ‘Rowan Atkinson Live- Pink Tights and Plenty of Props‘ (8:03)



    To further increase your understanding, you may also choose to watch the ‘Shakespeare: Brief and Naughty‘ (8:31) introduction to Shakespeare.

  5. #2. Who is this Shakespeare guy anyway?

    September 12, 2013 by MrsWinnacott

    Before we start our Shakespeare unit, we would like to know if you already have any ideas about Shakespeare and his works, and how you feel about studying this topic.

    The first thing that you need to do is complete this short quiz or survey. This is purely to find out what you already know and get your opinions- it is not a test, and you don’t have to look up any answers! Just use your own knowledge.

    Use this link to answer the quiz.


  6. #1. Welcome to “A Taste of Shakespeare”

    September 12, 2013 by MrsWinnacott

    Welcome to our Year 9 blog for our unit on Shakespeare. For many of you, this will be your first contact with Shakespeare, and we want you to LOVE it! Studying Shakespeare doesn’t have to be boring, confusing, frustrating or outdated- those are all things that Shakespeare himself would have loathed and abhorred! Shakespeare SHOULD be vibrant, absorbing, exciting and hands on. Shakespeare was first and foremost an entertainer, and we’re going to show you how exciting he can be!

    Over the course of this unit, you will:

    • Learn about Shakespeare’s life and times
    • Explore traditional and contemporary performances of his plays
    • Discover the ways that Shakespeare has influenced language and popular culture today
    • Perform your own rendition of part of a Shakespearean play


    Parts of this unit will have online components, and will also require you to prepare for class from home. This means that part of your homework may include watching short video clips and completing online quizzes in preparation for classes. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are prepared for class by completing the required homework. Most of the videos and quizzes are short and sweet, so you should not find them overly arduous (difficult or unpleasant). Many of the videos that you are required to watch have already been downloaded to the student drive. If you do not have access to the internet at home, it is your responsibility to download these videos from the student drive in time for you to prepare for the class.

    Shakespeare tells us that  “No profit grows where is no pleasure taken. In brief, sir, study what you most affect” (The Taming of the Shrew, Act 1, Scene 1). In short, we need to enjoy what we are learning, or we will gain nothing from it! So have fun, ask questions and make the most of this interactive and hands-on unit!

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