Shakespeare part 2 Elizabethan Theatres

I would like to start this second post on Shakespeare by sharing with you the magazine Gallant Gossipcreated by a class of mine some years ago (2008/9!). I’m still so proud of it! Originally it was just printed as a booklet of paper, like the copy I showed you in class. Then I created the on-line version. Reading it will inspire you all, I hope.

Gallant Gossip by Laura Cimetta

I’m now going to post some videos and materials to be used in class during our lesson butt also to be watch dat home when studying, or if you were absent 🙂

1. ELIZABETHAN THEATRE: video Elizabethan Theatre explained by Willy is the final product of a class project.

2. THE GLOBE THEATRE: You can see some photos http://www.wfu.edu/~tedforrl/shakespeare/globe.htm and if you like, take a virtual tour of it. (The virtual tour requires the free Quicktime plugin for your browser but you can download it from the page). It’s like being inside the theatre during a show! If you’ve got an iPad you can download the app and visit all sections of it. The app is free but to access all areas is 0.99€. If you want to have an idea of how many theatres there were in London look at this beautiful map of all Elizabethan theatres

3. A FRAUD?  In the future, after studying some of his works, you may doubt the existence of Shakespeare as the dramatist who wrote Shakespeare’s plays if you watch the movie Anonymous that claims he didn’t write his plays.

4. FOLIO: Thanks to the beautiful Interactive folio of Romeo & Juliet, nowadays you can read his comedy, have explained the difficult words and also listen to it 🙂 Technology can allow us to experience art in a way I would have never dreamt of, when I attended Liceo and could only study from black & white pages!

5. LANGUAGE: You already know that he contributed over 3,000 new words to the English language.  Here’s a list of the 13 words you didn’t know were invented by Shakespeare! but ….Did William Shakespeare really invent all those words?  Watch this funny Video about Shakespeare’s language 🙂

6. MUSIC LOVERS: Last but not least, this website offers you Shakespeare’s works through music. It’s not the rock or rap music you usually listen to but some are very sweet and pleasant to listen to.

7 ROMEO 6 JULIET. And now it’s about time to read this beautiful tragedy. First watch this BBC LEARNING TEENS video read by Jade Anouka. Here’s the page with some activities.

Let’s end this post with Shakespeare’s … dating tips so that you can get ready for next year’s St. valentine’s day :) as it was yesterday and we weren’t at school.You can also register or log in ( we already used it last year) at TedEdu and do the activities (multiple choice ex. ) on the video here. Enjoy!

EXTRA WEBLIOGRAPHY:

  1. 60 second Shakespeare’s plays
  2. Interactive Shakespeare
  3. Tudor’s dressing game
  4. ROMEO & JULIET by BBC Learning Teens
  5. If you want to practise more watch a lovely BBC video and do the activities  below. Click here: Shakespeare

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this tour in the world of Shakespeare and will love his marvellous works.

5CLIN TedTalk Presentations

I devised the following activity in 2014 with my senior class and since it proved a huge success among the students, I’ve put it forward with my Linguistico senior class who accepted it willingly. Once a week three students present to the rest of the class a TED Talk of their choiceThis activity is meant to make them improve their competence of public speaking and their oral skills for the final exam.  By Wednesday 5.pm. they are required to post the link of the chosen TedTalk video in a Google shared documentso that everybody can watch it and come to class ready to ask a question. 

ASSIGNMENT: During your presentation – max. 10 minutes:

    1. Introduce the Speaker
    2. Introduce and summarize the main ideas of Talk (you can use a Power Point uploaded onto Google Drive or Google slides or Prezi or Emaze)
    3. Show an excerpt (max 2 minutes)
    4. Express your personal point of view on the topic (critical sense and thinking).
    5. The teacher & schoolmates will ask you questions – 5 minutes after your 10 m’ speech.

Here are the links to the TedTalks websites. If you’ve got an iPad, there’s also the App TedTalk with subtitles.

http://www.ted.com/playlists/129/ted_under_20  by teenagers.  

http://www.ted.com Official website.

Here’s my TEDTALK PRESENTATION RUBRIC

NOW, WRITE YOUR NAME & TITLE OF TEDTALK, paste the link of the video and of your presentation in the Padlet I’ve just created. This way they’re all shareable & visible by the “commissario esterno”, as a sort of class Portfolio for the exam. 

I must tell you that I’m enjoying your presentations very much and I’m very proud of you all, as I’m completely aware of the tremendous improvement you’ve made in these four years together. Even the shiest ones among you, have surprised me and the whole class, while you were talking with self-confidence and enthusiasm about something that sparked your curiosity and was, therefore, meaningful and relevant to you since not chosen by the teacher 🙂  Some topics were totally new to me and I’ve discovered new lands and learnt new things, which is what I love the most about my job.

So, thank you and … keep it up 🙂