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 Studying Shakespeare doesn’t have to be boring, confusing, frustrating or outdated- those are all things that Shakespeare himself would have loathed and abhorred!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!