W. SHAKESPEARE 2. Theatres & the Globe

I would like to start this second part of the post 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.

Now, go on reading and follow the instructions by opening all the links to very interesting new materials, images and websites.

Gallant Gossip by Laura Cimetta

1. ELIZABETHAN THEATRE: Your next activity is based on a video made by the students of Liceo Coreutico Uccellis (Ud) guided by an expert and dedicated colleague of mine, Mrs Anna Laghigna, whom I thank. Sign up at Edpuzzle using this link https://edpuzzle.com/join/efazejk  Use your NAME & SURNAME to do the activity. (This way you’ll automatically join the class I’ve created for you). I’m sure you’ll learn lots of new things from your peers, very special teachers :).

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: Did you know that he invented about 1,600 new words?  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.

Let’s end this post with Shakespeare’s … dating tips so that you can get ready for your St. valentine’s day 🙂  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!


  1. 60 second Shakespeare’s plays
  2. Interactive Shakespeare
  3. Tudor’s dressing game
  4. 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 are ready to start reading his marvellous works.


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!