Game 1 – classroom resources – play goers 1567 – 1642

This resource is all about the people who are known to have visited the theatre from 1567 to 1642 in London.  You might set up the classroom like the Globe theatre. Clear a space to one edge for the stage and place chairs on three sides. You need to create the yard space (standing room only round the stage) the gallery seating on three sides and the lord’s boxes by the side of the stage. Give pupils a character page and ask them to take their places in the theatre. They must then justify their choices. The details are from Andrew Gurr’s book, Playgoing in  Shakespeare’s London – Have fun!

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Game 1 – Classroom resources – theatre going top 10

Top ten facts about Renaissance theatre going.

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Game 1 – Classroom Resources Q and A

A light hearted Q and A about renaissance theatre going. Can your pupils help a young stationer who wants to visit the Globe theatre?

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Game 2 – Classroom Resources – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This is a creative invitation for pupils to write and rehearse their own short plays using cue scripts. Rehearsing from cue scripts gives performance and fresh style and encourages pupils to listen carefully to all the roles. Included is an extract from A Midsummer Night’s Dream that shows that actors found cue script work as difficult then as they may do now.

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Game 2 – Classroom Resources – Othello

Another exercise looking at preparing cue scripts for actors.  In this example from Othello pupils are encouraged to look for all the hidden cues in the text – not just who speaks when but stage directions too. Suitable for small group work.

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Game 2 – Classroom Resources – Cue script clues

This is a challenging exercise based on preparing and acting a cue script for a short scene from Hamlet. To do this pupils should work in small groups of at least six. Handouts are for Group 1.

Group 1 (any number of pupils) prepares the cue scripts and knows the facts and context of the scene. Group 2 (five Pupils) must act the scene from the prepared cue scripts and try to work out the character relationships and dynamics which is possible but tricky if you listen carefully to each part as you rehearse. Remember that the character relationships cannot be understood from any one cue script alone.

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Game 3 – Classroom Resources – Forgotten Sonnet

In this resource pupils are invited to complete one of Shakespeare’s sonnets by slotting the correct words into the spaces.

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Game 3 – Classroom Resources – fill the blanks

This resource for the classroom invites pupils to choose words with the right number of syllables to complete the quotes. For confident pupils it is fun to get them to create their own version of this game to test their friends with. They can make up their own lines of iambic verse.

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Game 4 – Classroom Resources – Invented words

A list of words which Shakespeare is said to have invented. This could be used for creative writing exercises in quoting Shakespeare.

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Game 4 – Classroom Resources – The changing Language

A look at language from the 10th Century to the present day. How many words can your pupils recognize in texts from Chaucer to Shakespeare etc.

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Game 4 – Classroom Resources – Quoting Shakespeare

Do your pupils know how often they quote Shakespeare without ever knowing it?

 

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Game 4 – Classroom Resources – Idioms

A look at the idioms which Shakespeare used in his work which are still in use today…. “All that glisters is not gold”.

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Game 4 – Classroom Resources – Familiar Words

A fun way to explore the changing language – explore the words we know that Shakespeare didn’t…

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Game 4 – Classroom Resources – Call my Bluff

A fun game of Shakespearean ‘Call my Bluff’ can your pupils fix each other with false meanings?

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