Virtual Field Trip
by Judith Engram
we are going to be reading one of Shakespeare's plays, it is only fitting
that we know a little bit about this famous playwright's life and his times.
Follow along on this virtual field trip to learn more about Shakespeare
and his plays.
order for us to truly appreciate Shakespeare we need to know more about
who he was.
for STOP ONE: In your notes
answer the following questions regarding his life by clicking on his picture.
On what date, and where, was Shakespeare born?
2.a. Where is it believed
Shakespeare attended school?
b. Did Shakespeare have a university education?
c. Why has his education raised some controversy?
Who did Shakespeare marry?
b. How old was Shakespeare when he married?
c. How old was his wife?
How many children did Shakespeare have and what were their
what city did Shakespeare establish himself as an actor?
Who were the Lord Chamberlain's Men?
b. What name did they take on in 1603?
7. a. When did Shakespeare leave London?
b. How long had he lived there?
8. On what date did Shakespeare die?
*Bonus question: Besides
plays, do you know what else Shakespeare is famous for writing?
Was Life Like During Shakespeare's Time?
Queen Elizabeth I
us to fully understand Shakespeare's plays, it is very important that we
understand the time period in which the plays were written. Shakespeare
lived during the Elizabethan era (named for the queen at the time, Queen
Elizabeth I) or Renaissance Period. A very different time than the
21st century! What was life like back then? To find out, complete
for STOP TWO:
Answer the following questions in your notes by clicking on the
OR if the links below are not working, click
HERE to find the topic.
& Women: Men and woman had very different responsibilities.
Click on the links below and list some of the responsibilities men and
women had during this time.
responsibilities did the men
have? (Examine the list of activities under the "Cycle of Seasons"
responsibilities did the women
have? (Read the article and summarize, in point form, some of the duties).
was a betrothal?
a betrothal was a couple considered married?
was the minimum age for boys and girls to marry with parental permission?
is one considered to have come of age?
is considered a foolish reason to marry?
kind of relationship existed between parents and their children?
kind of relationship existed between husbands and wives?
(What every schoolboy knows):
were boys and girls educated?
were noble children educated?
a typical school day?
students treated similarly to how they are today? Explain.
you have wanted to attend school during the 16th century? Why or why not?
Who would you obtain the following items from -
you were noble, what would the following servants on your staff do?
a family, when the father dies, who inherits everything?
is an heiress?
happens, regarding inheritance in a noble family, when there are only daughters
and no sons?
do grooms work?
do maids or serving maids work?
is a valet?
is the female equivalent of a valet called?
does one's reputation depend on?
do servants take money from?
is a vail?
were three common pastimes during the 16th century?
were theatres only attended during the day?
was the official established state religion?
through the definition of Puritanism.
What did Puritans believe in?
gets addressed as "your grace'?
do children address their parents?
were all coins made of?
were the basic denominations of currency?
makes up a pound?
is a crown worth?
actions were considered a challenge?
did dueling often take place "out of the way"?
City of London:
did people cross the Thames River?
were streets like?
was emptied out of windows?
was everyone "tipsy" all the time?
Plague: The plague was a terrible disease that spread throughout
Europe in the middle ages. Within five years (between 1347-1352)
it had killed 25 million people. Because smaller outbreaks of the
disease continued, Europe lived with the fear of the plague for centuries
until it disappeared in the 1600's.
did it come from?
could it be avoided?
did it effect the theatres during this time?
a. Describe natural fools.
b. Describe artificial fools.
c. What were the jesters/fools like in Shakespeare's plays?
d. What sort of things did they do to entertain?
and the Globe Theatre
Globe theatre is quite possibly the most famous theatre of all time.
It is important that we know a bit about it and understand its importance
to Shakespeare himself.
Instructions for STOP
Three: Click on the picture of the Globe to find the information
to help you answer these questions.
Where and when was the original Globe theatre built?
is the Globe associated with William Shakespeare?
watching a performance, where did the wealthy patrons sit?
were "groundlings" and where did they locate themselves during a performance?
was the globe torn down?
b. When was the New Globe rebuilt?
To answer questions 6 a & b, click below and scroll
down to "outdoor theatres" on the left.
6a. What was the
name of the first theatre in London?
b. What other theatres existed during Shakespeare's time?
Useful Information On the Plays You Will Be reading
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