Historical and Social Context
- Who was Queen of England during the time Shakespeare began to write? Who ruled after her?
- Give the approximate dates of the Elizabethan period.
- Identify the social classes during Shakespeare's time.
- Describe the status of women. How would a young woman respond to a request from her father?
- What is primogeniture?
- What was the Bubonic Plague and how did it affect society during Shakespeare's time?
these aspects of Elizabethan life:
- city life, hygiene, crime
Elizabethan Marriage Customs
- Where did marriages take place during the Middle Ages?
- Why were marriage contracts arranged?
- Who performed the marriage ceremony?
- What was the common age for marriage?
- What is a betrothal?
- What was the goal of a Renaissance wedding?
- Describe the common wedding attire during this period.
- Describe what foods might be served at a wedding feast.
- When and where was Shakespeare born?
- Describe his upbringing and education.
- What were the four types of plays he wrote?
- Where were his plays performed and by whom?
- Besides writing plays, what other skills made Shakespeare a "jack of all trades?"
- When and where did Shakespeare die?
- Why do we still read his works today? (Hint: think of theme)
- Find several famous quotations that originated in Shakespeare's works. Mention the works from which they come.
- Where were most theaters built? (in or out of the city)? Why? Why is the Globe Theater so famous?
- What time of day did performances take place? How was the public notified about performances?
- Who played the female roles and why?
- What type of scenery and props were used?
- What were the costumes like?
- What other skills did actors need besides acting ability?
- What was the cost of standing room at the Globe?
- Who was Richard Burbage?
- Who were the King's Men or Chamberlain's Men?
- Trap door
- Tiring house
Language The language Shakespeare uses seems very different from the language we use today. What developments had they made in language?
Could everyone read?
Was there a dictionary or collection of common vocabulary?
What do we call what Shakespeare wrote in?
What are the other major works of the time?
*Please be advised that although these resources are helpful, you are welcome to find others that work best for your project needs.
Elizabethan Society: http://ise.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/society/societysubj.html
Elizabethan Society: http://www.kingsmenshakespeare.org/set/history.pdf
Elizabethan Era: http://elizabethan.org/compendium/index.html
Shakespeares Life: http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/timeline/timeline.htm
Shakespeares Life: http://ise.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/life/lifesubj.html
Shakespeares Life: http://www.online-literature.com/shakespeare
Globe Theater: http://virtual.clemson.edu/caah/Shakespr/VRGLOBE/VRGlobe.htm
Globe Theater: http://www.enotes.com/william-shakespeare/shakespeares-globe-theater
Globe Theater: http://www.bardweb.net/globe.html
Elizabethan Language: http://www.renfaire.com/Language/index.html
Elizabethan Language: http://ise.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/literature/languagesubj.html
Romeo & Juliet Overview: http://www.bellmore-merrick.k12.ny.us/romjul.html