Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at Shakespeare’s plays as well as other people’s adaptions of them. There are two parts to you assessment in this unit (and if you’ve done your homework thoroughly you should have already completed part 1 – Whoop!)
1. Research Task – Questions on Blog
2. Oral Presentation – Shakespearean performance:
- The second and more creative part of your assessment for this unit will be to get your Shakespeare on and perform one of the pieces provided, either on your own, with a partner, or in a group of three. You will present this to the class and be filmed.
- You will need to know your selected piece off by heart (no notes!)
Additional details for your perusal so you know what is required of you for this unit:
- Both parts a and b must be completed carefully, thoughtfully and with detail. All work must be presented neatly, clearly and using correct spelling, grammar and expression. Please note that any work that is not completed as stated above will need to be resubmitted.
Oral Presentation – Shakespearean performance:
- You will have a range of performance pieces to choose from. You only need to choose ONE.
- Firstly, yes, you do need to know it off by heart. When you understand what you are saying and practice it, it is not as hard to memorise and perform a piece as you may think.
- Secondly, yes, you must perform in front of the class. No photostories, no moviemakers, just you and an audience. Why am I doing this you ask? Am I a sadistic power crazed teacher who wants to watch you suffer or am I simply just being mean? The answer is neither. In school, as in life, there are numerous occasions where we need to present information to a group of peers. It can be scary, it can be nerve racking and there is always the chance we’ll totally stuff it up. Well, all I can say is that stuffing up is a good thing because if you never make a mistake or stuff up, how do you learn? How do you grow?
- Thirdly, if you want to get the most out of this assessment, you need to be open minded and willing to explore the piece that you are performing- do your best to understand what you are saying and why.
- Lastly, take care with your performance. Consider Shakespeare as you write it. He was a man of little education; 450 years on and the words he penned continue to influence our culture in many ways. Perhaps it is because he took pride in every single syll-a-ble he wrote. So take your time, perform with feeling and take Shakespeare’s advice,
“Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
(Hamlet- Act 3, Scene 3)
1. Research Task – ASAP
2. Shakespearean performance– Presentations start Mon 4th of Nov
Oral Presentation – Pieces for Performance
You may be wondering which scenes you can choose from to perform for your assignment.
The piece you chose will depend on your understanding or interest in a particular play or scene, and whether you wish to work on your own or with someone else. Choose ONE piece from the following:
- Hamlet (Act 3, Scene 1, lines 58-89) “To be or not to be”
- Richard III (Act 1, Scene 1, lines 1-42) “Now is the winter of our discontent”
- Richard III (Act 5, Scene 3, lines 189- 218) Richard’s dream (Monologue, performed by two people)
- Romeo and Juliet (Act 2, Scene 2, lines 33-73) The Balcony scene
For Groups of Three
- Macbeth (Act 4, Scene 1, lines 1-45) The three witches- “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble”