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Shakespeare is Everywhere!
Transcript of Shakespeare is Everywhere!
Shakespeare and History
Shakespeare and English
Shakespeare and Foreign Language
The setting of Romeo and Juliet in Italy influenced the writing of the play as a result of the feuding going on between the City-States at the time. This led to the theme of the two feuding houses of the Capulets and Montagues. Italy was also taking delight in a cultural hegemony on Western Europe and the art of the Renaissance was set to influence many generations to come.
Shakespeare and Science
Shakespeare often references mythology and astrology in his writings.
How It All Comes Together
Shakespeare is an excellent tool to use when teaching literacy across the curriculum because most students are familiar with Shakesspeare's work by the time they enter high school and because because his influence is so pervasive that it flows into every aspect of our culture.
Shakespeare is generally taught in an English class, but the fact that he is a historical figure makes him a great person to study, as well as the culture that he wrote in. He also writes about battles in plays such as MacBeth and Julius Ceasar, which lends itself to history.
Because of the different cultures and settings explored in his plays, much of his work can be intergrated into a foreign language class.
Finally, though Shakespeare wrote slightly before the scientific revolution, various science concepts play important roles in his plays. He uses the constellations throughought many of hus works, as well as chemistry, such as poisons, herbs, and medicine.
Shakespeare was part of the process of using theater to bring literacy to commoners who did not know how to read or write. Orginally used by clergy to tell Bible stories and share spiritual truths, drama metamorphasized into a form of entertainment.
We can use a constellation projector to discover and discuss star patterns and planets.
Not only was Shakespreare a master of words that already existed, he actually made up many words and phrases that we still use. Some of of this best inventions were insults, which not only added to the dramatic quality of the plays but also gave the audience a good laugh.
April 6, 2014
Watching videos can help visual learners by providing a framework of images for the otherwise auditory lessons. The images can also provide contextual clues for English learners and a focal point for those with attention issues. Of course, these videos would be followed up with lessons appealing to various learning styles and ability levels.
"Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck,
And yet methinks I have astronomy.
But not to tell of good or evil luck,
Of plagues, of dearths, or season's quality;
Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell ...
Or say with princes if it shall go well ... " Sonnet 14
"All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven stages."- As You Like It