Teacher's Guide for CALLIOPE ® William ShakespeareApril 2005
Teacher guide prepared by: Celestine Smith Candida.
Students will use the issue as the basis for their research on the life and times of William Shakespeare.
Read the article "All The World's a Stage" (Pages 3-7) to answer the following questions.
"Shakespeare's London" (Pages 12-13) describes 16th century London.
- Why did Shakespeare leave his family and go to London?
- What was life like as an apprentice for Shakespeare?
- What sources did Shakespeare use as inspiration for his plays?
- How often did Shakespeare go home to visit his family?
- Why did Robert Greene resent Shakespeare?
- Identify: Henry Carey
- What caused Shakespeare to change from writing plays to writing poetry?
- What was Shakespeare's role with the Lord Chamberlain's Men acting company?
- What events were happening to Shakespeare's family in Stratford while he was in London?
- How many plays did Shakespeare write?
- When were his plays finally published?
- Make a copy of the artwork on page 3. Use it as a story starter.
Read Act 2, Scene 2 of "The Tempest" (Pages 14-17) then answer the following questions.
- Imagine that you have traveled to the London of 1598 to seek employment. Write a letter to your family describing the city.
- Explain how Queen Elizabeth I and King James I supported theater during the Renaissance.
Read the article "From Lead to Gold" (Pages 28-31) to answer the following.
- Who was Caliban?
- What was Caliban seeking to do?
- Illustrate the following passage:
"A strange fish. Legged like a man,
and his fins like arms."
- After reading this excerpt, how would you describe Caliban?
- What did Caliban say he would do for Stephano?
"Shakespeare's Other World" (Pages 34-35) was made up of fairies and sprites who used their magic "to dabble for a time in human affairs."
- Who was Plutarch?
- Discuss the difference between Plutarch's passage and Shakespeare's passage about Antony Cleopatra.
- Explain the difference between poetry and prose. In Shakespeare's plays, which of his characters spoke in poetry, which spoke in prose?
Use the article "Dispelling the Rumors" (Page 36) as the basis for research on Edward deVere, Christopher Marlowe, and Sir Francis Bacon and the myth that they wrote Shakespeare's plays.
- Have students read A Midsummer's Night Dream and The Tempest to compare the mischief of characters Puck and Ariel.
- Make a copy of the artwork on page 35. Use it as a story starter.
Read the article "The Lure of Shakespeare" (Pages 37-39).
- Explain the causes of the English Civil War in 1642.
- Why were the theatres closed during the civil war?
- How had theatre changed after the war?
- Explain the connection to Shakespeare:
- Edwin Booth
- Ben Jonson
- David Garrick
- Sarah Siddons
- Sir Laurence Olivier
- Sir John Gielgud
- Richard Burbage
- Kenneth Branagh
- Ian McKellen
- Judi Dench