When was Shakespeare born?
Shakespeare was born on the 23rd April 1564
How many plays did he write?
Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays
Were Shakespeare’s plays written as serious literature or as light entertainment (or both)?
Shakespeare’s plays were both serious literature and light entertainment.
What genres of plays did Shakespeare write (e.g. comedy, tragedy, etc.?)
Shakespeare’s plays were a mix of comedy and tragedy.
When was the Globe built? When was it rebuilt?
The Globe theatre was originally built in 1519 and was rebuilt in 1614.
Who were the “groundlings”? What were the benefits of being a groundling while watching the plays?
Groundlings were people who were too poor to buy a seat so they paid one penny to stand on the floor.
What is an interesting fact about the Globe Theatre that you have discovered?
The theatre was burnt down by a prop cannon that set a wood beam on fire.
Where would you have wanted to sit in the Globe? Why?
I would have wanted to sit on a 45° angle from the centre on the stage to get a good view and sound quality.
What is a question that you still have about Shakespeare’s theatre? Write this question down in your workbook and try to find an answer.
Why didn’t they put seats on the floor?
Were there many props or costumes used in the Globe? Why or why not?
There was not many props used in the Globe. Not many props were used because
What was education like in Elizabethan England?
The education in Elizabethan England would consist of music, Latin, law, the bible, military science, the stage, art, history, hunting, woodcraft, sports politics and the sea
What was the role of women in society currently?
The expectation of women in Elizabethan England was to be housewives and mothers, the women in that time were the weaker gender.
How Catholics and others were treated by Elizabeth I?
Catholicism was the major religion of Queen Mary and protestants were martyred but when Elizabeth came to power Catholicism was dying out due to Elizabeth being raised as a protestant.
2. Look at this website (HERE (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) Which contains information about all kinds of topics relating to ordinary/daily life in the time of Shakespeare. Choose any three of these topics that interests you (e.g. food). Read the articles related to them, and take notes in your workbook summarising what you have learned. Do you have any further questions that you would like to know about your chosen topic? Research these further questions and include notes on what you found out (along with the source whence you information derives).
1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare%27s_influence (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.2. https://www.mytutor.co.uk/blog/shakespeares-language/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.3. https://www.thoughtco.com/list-of-phrases-shakespeare-invented-2985087 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.4. https://changizbaluch.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/the-influence-of-shakespeare-on-english-language/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.a. Roughly how many new words did Shakespeare invent? Give three examples.
Shakespeare roughly invented around 1700 word by turning nouns to verbs such as accused, marketable and circumstantial.
b. What kinds of new phrases did Shakespeare invent? Give three examples.
Shakespeare invented many kinds of phrases that the meanings are changing all the time. Some examples are, a laughing stock, in a pickle and vanish into thin air.
c. How did Shakespeare effect the grammar of English?
Shakespeare is the most widely quoted writer in the world today. He is also the national poet of England and he made up so many different words and phrase that he has changed grammar.
The following are some of the most commonly used words that Shakespeare invented or imported from another language. Select ten of the words and find out:
Where and how Shakespeare first used the word
Amazement – The play king john
Assassination – The play Macbeth
Majestic – The play Julius Caesar
Laughable – The play Merchant of Venice
Lonely – The play Coriolanus
Bump – The play Romeo and Juliet
Countless – The play Titus Andronicus
Hurry – The play a comedy of errors
Critic – The play love’s labour’s lost
Critical – The play love’s labour’s lost
What it meant in his day.
What it means today.
Amazement – A feeling of great surprise or wonder
Assassination – The killing of a prominent person
Majestic – Having or showing impressive beauty or scale
Laughable – Causing or deserving laughter or mockery
Lonely – Complex and unpleasant emotional response to isolation
Bump – A light blow or jolting Collison
Countless – Too many to be counted
Hurry – Move or act with great haste
Critic – A person who expresses an unfavourable opinion of something
Critical – Expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgements
Finally, for each of the following words used by Shakespeare (accommodation, apostrophe, and frugal, obscene, lapse), find out:
Which language it first came from
Accommodation – Latin
Apostrophe – Latin
Frugal – Latin
Obscene – Latin
Lapse – Latin
How the word was formed
Accommodation – Accommodation = AdjustmentsApostrophe – Apostrophus = Turn Away
Frugal – Frugalis = Economical
Obscene – Obscenus =
Lapse – Lapsus = Error
What it originally meant