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Why don’t we celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday? The teacher asks: “What do the numbers 400 on the board stand for? Would you like to talk about Shakespeare, celebrate his birthday and have some fun?”
Who was William Shakespeare? William Shakespeare was the world’s greatest writer. He introduced nearly 2000 words into English. His works were translated into more than 100 languages. His plays are still performed worldwide in every country of the world. He is also studied at nearly every school, college and university. Shakespeare’s face is one of the most recognized images in the world. What do you know about Shakespeare? Who was he? Where did he live? First ask the students questions and only then provide them with some facts about Shakespeare.
Read the text and find 6 interesting facts about his life and family. You can make notes and then share the information with your partner The students are given the text about Shakespeare’s life. First they read the text on their own, make some notes and then share the information about him with their desk mate.
What are these numbers refer to? 15 8 26 1585 1597 37 3 154 23 52 1564 Shakespeare in numbers Students say what the numbers stand for using the information from the text they had read before. Get students into groups and ask them to discuss. Then organize whole group discussion.
What was Shakespeare’s Theater Like? In 1598, they built a new theatre. It was round. They called it the Globe. The Globe was open to the sky. A flag was raised to show a play was about to begin. Plays began at 2.00 in the afternoon. The teacher gives some information about the Globe theatre. First you may ask the students what the theatre was like at Shakespeare’s time. Try to provoke the discussion. They might know some facts.
Read about Shakespeare’s theatre and choose the picture that describes it best. The poor people stood up and the rich people sat on the wooden seats that formed the large round theatre. Unlike today, the audience were never quiet – they shouted, booed and cheered all the way. There were no lights, so plays were performed in daytime only, normally just after lunch. Girls were not allowed to act on stage, so even the female roles were played by boys in dresses. Actors wore the clothes of the day, with wigs and make up. Plays had exciting special effects. There were ghosts, witches, loud bangs, flames and smoke, drums, and even cannons. In 1613, during Shakespeare's play Henry VIII, a cannon set fire to the straw in the roof. The Globe burned down.
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Read the sentences about The Globe theatre again and say if they are true or false 1.All people could sit at the theatre. 2. Women played female roles. 3. People were very quiet, they were not allowed to shout and talk during the plays. 4. The plays were only in the afternoon. 5. There were exciting special effects. 6. There wasn’t any make up at that time. Students work in pairs. They read and correct the sentences.
The new Globe The modern Globe Theatre in London is a replica (copy) of Shakespeare's Globe. People can watch plays just as people did in Shakespeare's days. The new Globe was opened in 1997. The students are shown the picture of the theatre. Ask them what it is, where it is, what they know about it, if anybody has visited the theatre and only then provide them with some info.
Shakespeare's plays Shakespeare wrote comedies, stories with a happy ending. These plays often have people falling in love. A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy with fairies and humans. He wrote tragedies, stories with a sad ending. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, because the young lovers, Romeo and Juliet, both die. Shakespeare's history plays are about real people, such as Julius Caesar, the Roman general, or the English kings Henry V and Richard III. Ask the students what Shakespeare is famous for, what kinds of stories he wrote and then ask them to read the info.
The most popular plays 1. All is well that ends well. 2. A midsummer night’s dream. 3. Much ado about nothing. 4. Merchant of Venice. 5. Twelfth night. 6. The merry wives of Windsor. 7. As you like it. What Shakespeare’s plays do you know? Look at the names of some famous plays and give Russian equivalents. What are the most popular Shakespeare’s plays? What plays do you know? Read the names of some plays and ask them find Russian equivalents. Get them work in groups. They can use their e-dictionaries. 1. Все хорошо, что хорошо заканчивается. 2. Сон в летнюю ночь. 3. Много шума из ничего. 4. Венецианский купец. 5. 12 ая ночь. 6. Виндзорские насмешницы. 7. Как вам это понравится.
What are Shakespeare’s Most Famous Plays? Romeo and Juliet Hamlet Macbeth After the death of his father, Prince finds his life hard. One night, the ghost of the father appears and tells him that he was murdered by Claudius ... who killed him to become King! Prince is unsure what to do, but he thinks a plan to prove that Claudius is guilty and kill him ... but it all goes wrong and EVERYONE ends up dead! This play is about a Scottish soldier who visits three witches. They tell him that he will become king. With the help of his wife, the soldier kills King Duncan (and many others) and becomes King. It doesn’t last long though, when an army arrives to kill the evil soldier! This is a love story. Set in Italy, the story follows a boy and a girl who fall in love. However, they are from two families that hate each other! So they decide to get married in secret. It all goes wrong when Romeo and Juliet die, and the families are forced to make friends. Match the plays to their descriptions. Students read and match.
What do you think what his plays are like? Fantastic difficult boring interesting Funny full of love exciting end badly never heard about
Listen to three interviews about Shakespeare’s plays. Match the speakers with the plays. 1. Andy a) Julius Caesar 2. Sarah b) Romeo and Juliet 3. Mike. c)Hamlet Whose opinions are these? Andy’s, Sarah’s or Mike’s? The stories are fantastic. Shakespeare is too difficult. Shakespeare’s plays should be seen at the theatre. Shakespeare is old-fashioned. The characters in the plays are interesting. Shakespeare writes about important things. Students listen to the interviews from the Solutions pre-intermediate CD 2 Track 41
Fun with Shakespeare Shakespeare plays crosswords Shakespeare plays word search The Shakespeare code Students are given worksheets
Idioms and phrases in a chest Round 1 - phrases Round 2 - idioms A game: idioms and phrases in a chest. Get the students into two teams. Round 1: at a definite time they should translate as many Shakespearean phrases as they can. Round 2: the same but with idioms. The team that has the most number of correct answers wins.
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Home task 1 Design a theatre poster advertising one of the plays. The poster should include: The name of the play Actors and actresses The name of the theatre Days/times of the show etc. Students are given the home task to do in groups or alone. They can choose the one they like most.
Hometask 2 make an illustration to any of the Shakespeare’s plays