Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
In Chapter 1, author Stephen Greenblatt discusses Will’s early life. Readers learn that Will lived his early years in Stratford-upon-Avon, a rural town in England, and that specific aspects of his early education impacted his later work as an actor and a playwright. Students will learn more in this lesson about Will’s early education and examine how his education influenced his later plays.
Class discussion: Ask the class these questions: What was Will’s school education like? Who attended school with him? What did the students regularly study? What do you think was the most important area of Will’s education—is there any one thing regarding his education that directly helped his success as a playwright? Do you think there is anything that was lacking in Will’s early education?
Activity: In class, allow the students to reenact a short skit or play...
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