These guided notes and accompanying PowerPoint Presentation are designed to give students background information on the following:
· William Shakespeare’s Life and Career
· The Globe Theater
· Elizabethan Theater
· Queen Elizabeth
· Words/Phrases Coined by Shakespeare
· A Midsummer Night’s Dream
I always like to begin any literature unit with information about the author and his world. I believe that in order to fully appreciate an author’s work, it is important that students have some knowledge about the life of that author and the world in which that author lived and from which he drew inspiration. It is especially important for students to learn about William Shakespeare, who is arguably the most important author in the English language. His works have been translated into every major living language and are performed more than those of any other playwright. His plays are timeless and are constantly being reimagined by contemporary movie producers and theater performers.
The play A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a great play to use to introduce students to Shakespeare’s comedies. All too often, students read only the tragedies. This is a fun play and my students always enjoy it.
Students watch the PowerPoint Presentation and fill in the blanks for the guided notes as the teacher moves through the slides. Students should also label the parts of the Globe Theater as the teacher goes over that slide.