Visiting Shakespeare’s England

Students, pretend you are a travel agent preparing an itinerary for a client who wants to travel to Shakespeare’s England. Based on the reading you did on the Project Explorer website, what top three destinations would you recommend that your client see? In paragraph form, write up an itinerary highlighting the three places of interest. Be sure to include the reasons why you feel he/she would enjoy these destinations, what your client could expect to see and learn at each stop, and what you found to be most interesting. (Three short but detailed paragraphs)

“The Course Of True love Never Did Run Smooth” 1.1.134

Please answer the following questions. There are 4 different mini prompts. Be sure to use paragraphs to make the reading easier.

What do you think the quote in the above title means?

In the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a dispute between father and daughter has serious consequences. Should parents have the right to control their children’s lives? How should differences between parents and children be resolved?

I know many of you have heard some if not all of the following phrases coined by Shakespeare. What do they mean? Please tell me what you think the meaning is behind each phrase.

a “wild-goose chase”

a “piece of work”

“the be-all, end-all”

“all that glitters is not gold”

“the world is my oyster”

“the green-eyed monster”

By the way, Shakespeare is credited with adding 1700 words to the English language. If he didn’t have a word for something he needed, he simply made one up! Some of the words he created that we use today are : birthplace, bedroom, buzzer, luggage, excitement, lonely, and mimic!

The Globe Theater Virtual Tour You’ll need the free Quicktime download to view this

Clemson Shakespeare Festival Another virtual tour of the Globe Theater

After looking around the Globe Theater, where do you think the best place to view a play would be? Why?

Part 3 of the BBC Animated Tales has been added to the page at the top.


Cheerio! Off To Shakespeare’s London We Go!

PIC1073480136Students,  no need to pack any bags or get your passport! You are taking a virtual journey to Shakespeare’s London via Project Explorer. This is a great website chock full of fun things to see and do and learn about on your trip to London.

Using the left hand side menu bar, please choose one area to visit under the first three headings:

Looking For Shakespeare

Time Traveling

Tour Guide

Under the last heading, The Play’s The Thing, please visit “The Dream.”

Each page has content, images, and video for you to explore.

Please answer the following:

What did you find interesting and what did you learn on your journey?

What did you like best about your trip?

What are you looking forward to as we study Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

You are certainly welcome to stay and tour in London as long as you like!

I have added the Animated Tales from the BBC of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to a new page at the top. It will give you somewhat of an introduction as to what this play is all about. Enjoy!

Traveling To Shakespeare’s London From Home!

You are about to embark on a virtual journey: Shakespeare’s London. Please visit the link below to begin your trip; you don’t even need a passport! The itinerary is listed on the left menu bar. You may select any fifteen days to visit. After reading the text and checking out any links, you should scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the video, photo, and scrapbook options.

When you have returned from your trip to London, I would like for you to answer the following prompt:

Please tell me the most interesting thing you have learned from each day’s activities and why; you should have at least fifteen facts or reflections gathered from your travels.

I suggest you jot down each day’s thoughts as you read; it’s far easier than having to go back and retrace your steps. For those of you who look for shortcuts, and I know you’re out there, don’t just write down the first thing you see on a page and then go on to another day, you’ll be missing out on everything this site has to offer; besides, I’ll be able to tell. Remember, your responses are all about the details and the effort you put into them.

Due to the amount of interactives and reading, you will have an extra day, Thursday, by which to get your response in.

Die dulci fruere! And pack lightly!

Shakespeare’s London

Please visit the 2009 Blogging Challenge tab at the top of the site. Read Challenge 4, and watch the video. What are you going to do for Earth Hour 09? (March 28, 2009, 8:30-9:30 pm)


“The Course Of True Love Never Did Run Smooth” I.i.134, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The character, Helena, in A Midsummer NIght’s Dream spends a lot of time contemplating the nature of love, mainly because she finds herself in love with a man who does not love her back. Despite his neglect of her, Helena cannot hide her devotion to him. There are many difficulties associated with love.

How well is love depicted in modern stories? Which stories or films, television shows, or commercials are good examples of love stories and why? Have you read any recent books or seen any recent movies or television shows, etc., that are poor examples of love stories? Explain.

Part 2 Of The BBC Animated Tales Of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on “View Out Loud.”


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