Please complete the Act II study questions. My hope is to be able to take them up by the end of class. Pay particular attention to the Quotation ID and Significance questions, as they demonstrate a deeper understanding of the play.
This is an interesting TedTalk that looks at the connections between Shakespeare and Hip Hop. It is also an interesting look at the power and cultural impact of words.
Today we will start the Facebook pages for the main characters that you selected in class today. You are expected to at least have 2 status updates (and responses for your character) completed by the end of the period.
You will create your Facebook page using a cool website called Fakebook, which was designed for students to create pages for fictional characters. A handout which lists the expectations, tips and the evaluation scheme for the assignment can be found here.
We looked at some ideas on how to work with the tools that exist on the internet to help you with the very difficult language that Shakespeare uses in his plays.
If you need help, take a look at NO FEAR SHAKESPEARE, which provides a side by side translation of the story.
For many of you, reading Shakespeare's language can be a challenge. Things to pay attention to in A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Shakespeare uses language to build three dramatic spaces within the play: the classical Athens of Theseus and Hippolyta; the world of the working men; and finally, Fairyland ruled by Oberon and Titania. Be attentive to how language shifts in each of these worlds.
In A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare often uses sentence structures that separate words that normally appear together, most often the subject and verb. This is often done to create a particular speech rhythm, or emphasize a certain word. Occasionally, words are omitted to create iambic pentameter lines. Puns and wordplay are infrequently used in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Grab this workbook. (its a big download...)..we'll need it for the next few weeks.
Here also is ACT I in audio format for those who would like to listen along as they read the text.
Today, we are going to start A Midsummer Night's Dream today (after this quick review), for which many of you will be your first foray into the world of William Shakespeare.
Today we will spend the majority of the day exploring how Shakespeare used comedy in the play (and 16 others)
Before we start, you need to complete the following grammar exercise sheets on subject-verb agreement (worksheet_1 and worksheet_2).
Those of you wanting a digital copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream can find a format that will work with your e-device here.
Our grammar today will be around prepositional phrases (you will need this list, and this worksheet).
We are also going to discuss how we are going to read AMSND, my expectations, and the concepts of comedy and fantasy (vs. reality).
I truly believe that “The first and most important lesson… is that there are no rules about how to do Shakespeare, just clues. Everything is negotiable.” (Antony Sher and Greg Doran, Woza Shakespeare!, 1996), and as such we are going to start at the end before we begin and the beginning.
We are going to take a look at your summative assignment for this unit, (and the two rubrics you need for the presentation and the production).
We are also going to look at the plot summary and character map before we even start on the text.
Today's class will be spent getting ready to start our journey through the Shakespearean comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
We are going to do a little bit of research, using this handout to organize our notes, take a look at Shakespeare's impact on the English language (here is a handy dictionary of terms if you get stuck when you are reading the play), and end the class by creating our own Shakespearean insults (delivered with a scowl, of course).