This project asks students to research and present on different topics linked to William Shakespeare and his time. Essentially, this is a project covers all the context and background information students need before studying a Shakespeare play for the first time. I have also found that by starting with this project – especially with my grade 9s – they actually become a little more excited about reading one of Shakespeare’s play.
This package has instructions for students, a rubric and specific guidelines/questions for how to be entertained, how to live daily life in the Elizabethan Era and how to be a Royal Patron, Elizabethan Actor, Elizabethan Woman and Elizabethan Man. This assignment was originally made with second English Language learners, so there may be more guidelines than necessary (Ex. links to websites).