I want you to utilize and leverage your knowledge of Shakespeare more! Take it to the next level! Reflect on our experience of viewing Shakespeare in Love and express the biographical elements of the Bard’s life that you learn. You can also connect your specific insight to a larger understanding of Shakespeare.
Leveraging our learning by writing on our classroom blog and Twitter account enables us to spotlight your learning of Shakespeare. Now that you have studied Hamlet and other previous Shakespearean plays in the past, it is time to dwell even deeper and appreciate our close reading of comedy and reflect on the fact that while Shakespeare preferred writing history plays the most, he still is a genius for creating thoughtful laughter. So the goal in the closing days of the winter term is to challenge you to add more sophisticated depth to your analytical prose in the spring term. That said, we should also take a mindful moment to recall previous conversations about appropriate use of technology in our classroom, the crowsnest, and celebrate being great Suffield Academy academic ambassadors, models of good digital citizenship.
So much can be learned from studying one historical figure or one author deeply. And tapping into your previous years of studying Shakespeare is a most useful intellectual thing to help you truly appreciate the elements of Shakespeare’s time period that influenced his art as well as the moments in his art that is universal or perhaps is best described as Greenblatt’s idea of a text’s mobility.
So moving forward, let’s use this ending time where in some trimesters we have exams to encourage students to make large connections to have you synthesize moments from Shakespeare’s time period to his art. How was Shakespeare influenced by rival poets? How did the economic and cultural conditions of his day impact his art? How did the religious revolution of his day, started in Henry VIII’s reign and continued through King James’ reign, impact his art? How did the transition and changes in the theatre enterprise, the changes from plays being enacted for Lords in their manor to public audiences in Inn Yards to finally share holders building playhouses, affect Shakespeare’s art? How did members of Shakespeare’s family—his wife, father and mother—impact his art? When students synthesize ideas, their future essays will become more sophisticated. I look forward to this type of learning in our digital community.