Midsummer Night's Dream

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Saddleback Educational Publ, Aug 1, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 51 pages
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Shakespeare's plays are thought-provoking and complex texts that explore the human themes of romance, deceit, tragedy, comedy, and revenge. These activity guides are designed by teachers for teachers to help students navigate the complexity. Each guide contains a total of 30 activities divided into six sections of four activities and one review. At the end of each guide is a final test, a variety of culminating activities, and an answer key. Each reproducible activity eBook is approximately 68-pages

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Hermia Speaks from the Heart Act one Scene 1
Views of Love Act one Scene 1
It Could Happen Today Act one Scene 1
Comic Relief Act one Scene 2
The Mischievous Puck Act two Scene 1
The Lyrical Fairy World Act two Scene 1
A Fairy Fight Act two Scene 1
Oberons Explanation and Titanias Reaction
Symbolism Abounds
Tis but a Dream
Mysterious Hippolyta
i How Do I Love Thee? Act five
The Lunatic the Lover and the Poet Act five
A Fitting End Act five

The Lives of Fairies Act two Scene 1
The Big MixUp Act two Scene 2
Your Thoughts on Love
Poof Helena Act two Scenes 1 and 2
Bottom the Ass Act three Scene 1
Create a Fairy Act three Scene 1
Insults and Praise the Shakespearean Way
Oberons Plan Act three Scene 2
Create a Comic Strip Act five
A Midsummer Nights Dream Final Test
Midsummer in Another Era
Was Shakespeare a Romantic or a Skeptic?
Create a Movie Foster or a Book Jacket
Pyramus and Thisbe Enacted
Dream Analysis
Set It to Music
Answer Key

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Page xv - But Shakespeare still had what is considered his finest writing to do. He began his writing of tragedies beginning with Hamlet in 1600. In the following five years, Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, Othello, and King Lear. Why Shakespeare turned to these darker, more serious themes is widely debated by scholars. But all agree that these plays established Shakespeare's premier place in English literature. Toward the end of 1609 through 1610, Shakespeare began to write his problem romances. These works, The...
Page xii - ... to take place during the day to utilize the natural light. The average time for a performance was between noon and two in the afternoon. Theater historians report that there were typically no intermissions; plays ran from beginning to end without a break and took about two hours. The set might be painted canvas to illustrate whether the play was occurring in a forest or a town, for example. Sometimes the background was accompanied by a sign that indicated the place as well. Props were few and...
Page 16 - I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine. There sleeps Titania sometime of the night, Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight; And there the snake throws her enamelled skin, Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in; And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes, And make her full of hateful fantasies.
Page xiii - ... offer some introductory comments, usually in blank verse or rhyming couplets. In Romeo and Juliet, the Chorus delivers a sonnet, a form of poetry associated with love. Exeunt: All characters leave the stage, or those characters named leave the stage. Exit: One character leaves the stage. Flourish: A group of trumpets or other horn instruments play a brief melody. Have at: Characters begin to fight, usually with swords. Pageant: a show or spectacle of actors in unusual costumes, usually without...
Page xv - After 1611, at the age of 47, Shakespeare moved back to Stratford exclusively, settling into life at New Place and enjoying a renewed relationship with his daughters, especially Susanna. He prepared a will, which has become famous for the request to leave his wife their "second best bed." Many have debated whether this is a sentimental or cynical bequest. In the same year that his daughter Judith married, 1616, Shakespeare died at the age of 52. However, it was not until 1623 that all his plays were...
Page v - ... six sections of four activities and one review. At the end of each guide is a final test, a variety of culminating activities, and an answer key. The activities are meant to aid textual comprehension, to provide creative opportunities for the reader to make personal connections with the text, and to help busy teachers gain quick access to classroom-tested and age-appropriate activities that make the teaching of Shakespeare an easier task. Each regular activity, as well as each culminating activity,...
Page 38 - No, my noble lord, It is not for you : I have heard it over, And it is nothing, nothing in the world ; Unless you can find sport in their intents, Extremely stretch'd, and conn'd with cruel pain, To do you service. The. I will hear that play ; For never anything can be amiss When simpleness and duty tender it.

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William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

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