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The Bard, W.Shakespeare part 1

Hi everybody! I’ve just written this post to introduce you to the study of the greatest playwight ever: William Shakespeare of course. In order to optimize our class time tomorrow,  it’s important that you follow this introduction. As you probably know, 2016 commemorated 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. Therefore he’s been celebrated all over the world! We must join the celebration and partecipate by doing something creative. First it’s important to start knowing the Bard.

LESSON 1: Approximate time 1 hour.


What is “Shakespere lives”? Watch the video and write the answer in your notebook or in Evernote ( a virtual notebook) or in a doc in your Google Drive.

If you’ve asked yourself the question. “Why do we have to study Shakespeare?” here you’ll find some answers. Why study Shakespeare?

  • CHOOSE 3 REASONS write them in your notebook or copy them using EVERNOTE  or in a doc in your Google Drive and bring them to class.

Here’s some links on W. Shakespeare http://absoluteshakespeare.com/index.htm or this one http://www.enotes.com/topics/william-shakespeare  From the beginning you’ll see there are TOO MANY TOPICS, related sites and too much info and you’ll feel … totally LOST ! Don’t worry, it’s normal! In order to help you cope with that feeling I have selected some links that will make you save time without feeling overwhelmed. You can plunge into the ocean if you feel like but let’s start surfing the lake! 🙂 Here are my suggestions:

1) Watch Shakespeare ‘s short biography. It gives the key events of Shakespeare’s life and work. (video needs a  Flash Player)

2) Have  a look at the houses where he lived: beautiful Images of his properties in Stratford Upon Avon

Ready to study him in depth? See you tomorrow!

O.WILDE part 2 The Picture of Dorian Gray

You have already read his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray as your summer set-book. Now check the video “10 things you should know about The Picture of Dorian Gray”. Easy way to revise 🙂 Were you familiar with all of them?

Watch three different trailer versions of the movie and choose the one you like best motivating your choice by comparing it to the novel you’ve read. 

1945 Adaptation: Directed by Albert Lewin; screenplay by Albert Lewin.

2004 adaptation Directed by David Rosenbaum; screenplay by David Rosenbaum. Starring Josh Duhamel as Dorian Gray.

2009 adaptation Directed by Oliver Parker; screenplay by Toby Finlay. Starring Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray; Ben Chaplin as Basil Hallward; Colin Firth as Henry Wotton.

Last but not least here’s the whole NOVEL as electronic text.

Should you want to know more about the themes of the novel have a look at Spark Notes.