Once Upon a Shakespeare (EN-CUR-486)

The aim of this learning scenario is to get to know William Shakespeare’s life and work from the authentic Europeana resources. Students recognize strong relations between his sonnets and his life. The learning scenario focuses on improving knowledge in 3 disciplines – history (Shakespeare’s life, Stratford -upon -Avon, Church of Holy Trinity etc.), computational thinking, English language.

Exploring Europeana

Students’ do their research in three phases:

1) searching for images, texts and manuscripts from the period of 1550-1650 2) exchanging resources and discussing the material they found
3) reading, translating and listening to original manuscripts.

Shakespeare’s Tomb from “[Our own country. Descriptive, historical, pictorial.]”, British Library, PD

The evolution of language since Shakespeare

The second part of the class is designed to strengthen the modern English language skills: when reading, translating and discussing (Word changes from W. Shakespeare’s time up to now).

How much did we learn?

The final part of the class aims to check the knowledge students acquired via Kahoot quiz. They answer questions regarding historical facts and language understanding.

This learning scenario has been developed during the English version of the “Europeana in your classroom: building 21st-century competences with digital cultural heritage (Rerun)” online course. The course aimed to improve teachers’ understanding of cultural heritage in order to efficiently integrate it into their lessons and practices. The courses can be accessed here.

Author: Biljana Amidovic

Age of students: 17-18

Subject and topic: History, Technology, English/ Change of language throughout centuries

Learning Scenario:

CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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