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Before you read Shakespeare: Elizabethan England historic analysis - lesson

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101 MB|21 pages
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This introduction to Shakespeare's 'stage' encourages students to
- Compare their time period to Shakespeare's in terms of government structure, social classes, religion, treatment of criminals, 'big issues and big ideas,' and entertainment options
- Practice effective note-taking
- Engage in visual thinking and structured art history analysis

The lesson plan is incredibly detailed, giving instructors
- Warm-up with optional extension
- Presentation connecting to common themes and concepts in science, social studies, health and religion classes
- Core activity based on presentation
- Scripted commentary to accompany presentation providing 'answers' and questions to encourage students' participation and critical thinking
- Checklist of skills to build in a unit with a Shakespearean play
- Sample notes based on presentation
- Homework assignment focused on Shakespeare's biography that includes 4 SAT-style questions (with answers) and a short writing prompt; optional extra opportunity

The lesson and interdisciplinary presentation are as a great way to introduce any Shakespearean text or unit, providing context about the Bard's choices.
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1 hour
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