Background to William Shakespeare

Before we study Romeo and Juliet, we are going to learn a bit about Shakespeare and his life and his times.

One of the resources we will use, is A&E’s Biography of William Shakespeare which is currently available on YouTube; although I do have it on DVD, showing it to you on YouTube you can access it at any time for review.

https://youtu.be/7lOUeV2Xm6E

All of Shakespeare’s plays are in Five Acts, so too is this film: it divides Shakespeare’s life into five parts.

Your job, as you watch is to take notes on:
1. Things you find interesting.
2. Things you did not know.
3. Things you think Ms. Hughes would put on a test (his birth date,his parents, his family, who was on the throne, etc. etc.).

From your notes, you will create at lest 3 questions and answers you thing SHOULD be on a test about William Shakespeare; I will use these to help make your test.

When the test is made, I will provide you with a copy of the actual test as a worksheet. You will do the worksheet for homework, use it to study and review. We will go over your answers as a class.

The test will then be given with a word bank; not all of the answers will be usable. If you have studied, you will do very well.