Use this page to learn about Shakespeare and his world. This will introduce you to our play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.
Follow the directions carefully, visit the websites given, read and record information, and type your findings into a well organized word document. Save the word document in your Google Drive; when finished, print this document and turn it in.
All About Shakespeare: Be sure to label this section "All About Shakespeare".
Short Biography at Palomar | FAQ at Palomar and another FAQ at Folger | Timeline at PBS
Write a paragraph answering the following questions. Select each link above and read about William Shakespeare. Collect information to answer each of the following questions. It may be easiest to paste these questions into a word document, type your responses, then put your ideas into a coherent paragraph.
- What day do we consider to be Shakespeare's day of birth and how do we know it? Why is this significant?
- What school and what university did Shakespeare attend?
- Whom did Shakespeare marry, and how many children did he have?
- What tragic family event occurred around the same time as his writing of Romeo & Juliet?
- What did Shakespeare's great financial gain in 1605 allow him the time to do?
- What two plays are considered Shakespeare's greatest or most famous?
- How large is the average person's vocabulary, and how does Shakespeare's compare?
- What other important facts do you want to include in this paragraph? What did you find out that was interesting?
Shakespeare's Life Work: Label this section "Shakespeare's Works".
Number this section 1-2. You may use lists for your answers.
Shakespeare's works at shakespeare.mit
1. What three categories of plays did Shakespeare write?
2. List the title of one play from each category. Whichever title you choose, please click on the link and briefly look over that play.
The Elizabethan Theater: Label this section "The Elizabethan Theater".
Number this section 1-10. Answer each question with complete sentences.
Globe Theatre at shakespearesglobe.com
1. When did James Burbage (actor & manager) build this theatre?
2. When did Shakespeare join the group?
3. What was the name of their acting group? (There were 2 names.)
4. For how long did this group perform in this location?
5. In 1598, the acting company moved the theatre. Explain how and where they moved it.
6. The theatre did well there for many years. In 1613, what happened?
7. After it was rebuilt, it stood for many more years. When was it demolished?
Rebuilding The Globe at shakespearesglobe.com
8. Who did a modern rebuilding of the Globe?
9. What types of measurements and details did they find, and how did they find them?
10. Take this virtual tour of The Globe at shakespearesglobe.com and describe a few things you see (interesting detail, point of view for an audience member, etc.) for each section (note that you can navigate by turning and zooming in):
c. Middle Gallery
d. Upper Gallery
The Elizabethan Era: Label this section "The Elizabethan Era".
Elizabethan Era at Shakespeare Resource Center
Introductory paragraph: What is "The Elizabethan Era"? Describe it in 3-5 sentences.
Love & Marriage in The Elizabethan Era: Label this section "Love & Marriage".
Betrothal and Wedding | More Wedding Customs | Love and Marriage
Answer these questions in complete sentences, and number them.
- At what age may a boy and girl marry, and at what age is marriage for non-noble families common?
- When a marriage is arranged for a younger couple, what is the usual reason?
- When is it considered “luckiest” to have the marriage?
- How is a wedding engagement announced, and what is thought of an unannounced wedding?
- Marrying for love is generally considered what?
- Why are most noble marriages arranged? (And even some for common people...)
The Elizabethan Household: Label this section "Elizabethan Household".
Services & Occupations
Look at the list of services and occupations common in Elizabethan society. Be sure and follow the links to the next pages (at bottom). Answer the following questions in numbered form and complete sentences in your word document.
1. From whom do you purchase necessary drugs?
2. From whom do you purchase cloth for making clothing?
3. In your own home, what is the title of the woman who feeds he baby? (Nobles/wealthy of course!)
4. After reading over the list of occupations, which job do you think you might have had, and why?
All About Elizabethan Language: Title this section "My Elizabethan Language Paragraph."
A List of some Elizabethan words| Life in Elizabethan England | Proper Britannian
* Note: “wherefore” means “why,” not “where.”
Write a short creative passage (about 100-150 words) using Elizabethan English. Use at least ten of the Elizabethan words correctly; highlight them with bold font. It might be easiest to include dialogue. (Need inspiration? Write about a huge feast or party, or write a boy-meets-girl story.)
Shakespearean Insults: Include a heading that says “My Shakespearean Insults.”
Insult Kit | Random Insult
Visit the insult kit link above and create your own FOUR insults using the formula:
“Thou” + Column 1 + Column 2 + Column 3 + “!”
Then, read a few of the actual insults taken from Shakespeare's works (from the second link above) and copy your favorite on your document. For bonus points, explain: why is it your favorite? What do you like about it?