This product consists of a 7 minute video and slide presentation of William Shakespeare's life and time.
I intended it to be a quick overview which just includes basic biographical details and a little about Elizabethan England. In addition key political events and information about the Globe Theater and productions are featured. Images on slides illustrate the talk.
There is also a quick multiple choice quiz containing 40 questions based on the video. The quiz could be done in class as a way of establishing knowledge or as a homework exercise.
I use this short background as a way of placing my teaching of a Shakespeare play in context and to help my students to imagine what it was like to attend one of his plays in London at the turn of the 16th century.
Since we study Shakespeare as a written text, students often can't relate to the work as a play, performed before a live audience. This product aims to fill the gap and facilitate a discussion around this theme.
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