Walk like an Elizabethan
BIG/ESSENTIAL OR FOCUS QUESTION: What was it like to live in London during Elizabethan times?
TASK: Pretend that you somehow make your way to London during the height of Shakespeare's success. You meet up with some people who convince you to walk with them to the Globe to see one of Shakespeare's plays. You go, you watch, and you somehow manage to come back to New Haven. When you get back, you are so overwhelmed by this experience, that you go right to your desk and compose an illustrated letter or e-mail to your English teacher-yes, it is I-all about your excellent adventure.
1. Understand the assignment including the note-taking forms, My Source forms, and the rubrics by which you will be evaluated.
2. Select the play you are going to attend (it can not be Romeo and Juliet) from the chronology below. One of the years of the plays's production will then become the date of your visit.
3. Using print resources and the selected Internet sources, research Elizabethan England, London, the Globe Theater, and the Shakespeare plays. Locate information about what you saw, heard, smell or tasted while on your walk across London and your attendance at the play of your choice.
4. Take notes on each of the forms: I Heard..., I Saw..., Two People I Met, and To the Play making sure to include the source code for each fact you write down.
5. Complete the My Sources: Print and My Sources: Internet forms as you go.
6. Create your letter following the requirments and rubric. Remember to cite your sources.
7. Create your souvenir using the requirements and rubric.
8. Do your five-to-ten-minute presentation.
Chronology of Shakespeare's Plays (link to Word document)
First Performed Plays
1590-91 Henry VI, Part II
1590-91 Henry VI, Part III
1591-92 Henry VI, Part I
1592-93 Richard III
1592-93 Comedy of Errors
1593-94 Titus Andronicus
1593-94 Taming of the Shrew
1594-95 Two Gentlemen of Verona
1594-95 Love's Labour's Lost
1594-95 Romeo and Juliet
1595-96 Richard II
1595-96 A Midsummer Night's Dream
1596-97 King John
1596-97 The Merchant of Venice
1597-98 Henry IV, Part I
1597-98 Henry IV, Part II
1598-99 Much Ado About Nothing
1598-99 Henry V
1599-1600 Julius Caesar
1599-1600 As You Like It
1599-1600 Twelfth Night
1600-01 The Merry Wives of Windsor
1601-02 Troilus and Cressida
1602-03 All's Well That Ends Well
1604-05 Measure for Measure
1605-06 King Lear
1606-07 Antony and Cleopatra
1607-08 Timon of Athens
1610-11 The Winter's Tale
1611-12 The Tempest
1612-13 Henry VIII
1612-13 The Two Noble Kinsmen*
SOURCE: Shakespeare on-Line http://www.shakespeare-online.com/keydates/playchron.html
PRINT RESOURCES: (Link to the annotated list)
Some of the many available print resources in the Wilbur Cross Library Media Center
Shakespeare's Times (940.05)
The Age of Shakespeare.
Daily Life In Elizabeth England.
Illustrated English Social History:The Age of Shakespeare.
Shakespeare's England: Life in Elizabethan and Jacobean Times.
What Life was Like in the Times of Elizabeth A.D 1533-1603.
William Shakespeare (B)
Shakespeare: His Work and His World.
Will in the World; How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare.
Summaries of the plays (822.3)
The Best of Shakespeare.
Essential Shakespeare Handbook.
Random House Book of Shakespeare Stories.
Scenes from Shakespeare.
Shakespare for Kids series by Lois Burdett.
Shakespeare A-to Z: the Essential Reference to His Plays, His Poems, His Life and Times, and More.
The Shakespeare Dictionary.
INTERNET RESOUCES: SHAKESPEARE ON LINE: These change, but I'm sure you'll find plenty more!
Shakespeare's Globe (http://www.shakespeares-globe.org) (Click on icon: EDUCATION: 1) Resources for students, On line reference library. OR: 2) Distant Learning, Virtual Tours.)
Shakespare's Life and Times: Home Page (http://ise.uvic.ca/Library/SLTnoframes/intro/introsubj.html)
Encyclopedia Britannica's Guide to Shakespeare http://search.eb.com/shakespeare/ind_features.html (Find life in Elizabethan times info)
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/
Shakespeare Resource Cwenter: Elizabeth England http://www.bardweb.net/england.html (Excellent link to great sources!)
Elizabethan England (Spring, Illinois High School) http://www.springfield.k12.il.us/schools/springfield/eliz/elizabethanengland.html
Absolute Shakespeare http://www.absoluteshakespeare.com
Elizabethan Authors; Shakespeare's Off-site Links http://www.elizabethanauthors.com/shakes101.htm (See the Lambs' Retold Shakespeare Tales and Shakespeare Insults!)
William Shakespare Info http://www.william-shakespeare.info/site-map.htm (See Structure of Globe Theater for information on where to sit and cost)
Sixteenth Century Rennaissance Literature - Background Information http://www.luminarium.org/renlit/renaissanceinfo.htm (Information on Renaissance art/music)
Modern History Sourcebook: William Harrison (1534-1593): Description Of Elizabethan England, 1577
(from Holinshed's Chronicles)(http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1577harrison-england.html (Holinshed's Chronicles 1577)
Your final products: the letter and the souvenir:
Elizabethan Research Project Part I: The Letter
Your letter must cover the following topics:
" How did you get to Elizabethan London? What year is it when you arrive?
" Whom do you meet there: Class, name, job, sex, age, and race. Other details should include information about religion, education, cleanliness, clothes, family life, or other facts about the way people lived. (At least four other details.)
" What do you see along the way to the theatre? (At least six different things.)
" What are some of the recent current events of the day that your new friends relate to you? (They must relate at least three different pieces of news.)
" Describe music, architecture, or art that is being created during these times.
" Talk about new developments in science or technology.
" Where do you sit in the theater?
" Who is sitting near you? How much did it cost to sit there?
" Which play are you seeing? (NOT Romeo and Juliet)
" When was this play written? Who are some of the characters in this play?
" What is the setting of the play?
" What is striking about the actors, the presentation of the play, and what is the most exciting part of the play?
" After the play is over, how do you return home to New Haven?
Grading Rubric for your letter
Mechanics/ Neatness/Illustrations (10 points)
Creativity: lots of detail (20 points)
Accuracy of Information (20 points)
Covering the Topics (See above) (40 points)
Internal Citations of Sources/Works Cited Page (10 points) (link to How to Cite and Sample Citation Page) Create your citations with Secondary Citation Maker
This letter should be five typed pages. GOOD LUCK! Travel safely! Be home before dinner! Once you get to London, your journey will begin on the north side of the Thames.
Elizabethan Research Project Part II: The Creation
You have snuck something with you back from Elizabethan times. This can include:
Original drawing or collage
Advertisements for entertainment
Newspapers of the times
Comic strip of a scene
Performance of a soliloquy or scene
Artwork to illustrate a play or scene
An original sonnet or ballad
You will present your creation to the class, with a short introduction that describes what it is and why it reflects Elizabethan times. You will be judged by the following criteria during a five to ten minute presentation:
25 Historical Accuracy: Be ready to answer questions on how your creation represents part of Elizabethan life. If you perform a song, know something about Renaissance music and composers, for example. At least ten facts per creation!
25 Effort and Detail in the Creation Itself
25 Explanation of Work
25 Overall Presentation
You may work in a group of up to three people.
Divide up the tasks. Tell me who did what. You will be graded individually, based on quality and quantity of individual work!