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“Compared to war all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance.” “War is not healthy for children and other living things.” These two views of war, embodied in George Patton’s statement and Lorraine Schneider‘s famous 1966 poster, are at the heart of a two-day examination of war and its effects. The packet includes a series of activities that asks class members to ponder the causes and justifications for going to war. They compare different video versions of Henry’s speech (Olivier’s, Brannagh’s, and Hiddleston’s) and analyze how the three interpretations reveal different attitudes toward this subject. The richly detailed plan includes a link to the video segments. A must-have for readers of Henry V, the resource could also be used with any study of war and leadership.
Class members may "think themselves accurs'd" when they first hear of an assignment that asks them to create a motivational speech. After studying the Saint Crispin's Day speech from Shakespeare's Henry V; however, they will count themselves the "happy few." Extensions and a list of additional motivational speeches to use as comparisons are included.
Students analyze the blood brother theme in Henry V. In this Shakespeare's Henry V lesson plan, students read or watch Henry V and identify and analyze the blood brother theme using the definition from the dictionary and the St. Crispin's Day speech. Students write a five paragraph analytical composition in which they explain blood brothers as they are portrayed through Henry V's relationships to his troops, his enemy, and his lineage.
Pairs of pupils choose a person who they consider to be a hero. They research that person, develop a speech, and deliver it to the class in hopes of persuading them that this person really is a hero. A vote is taken after the presentation to see if they were persuasive enough. This would work well with units on Shakespeare or Henry V.
“All the world’s a stage,” exclaims Jaques in As You Like It, but it is the structure of the Globe stage and how that structure influenced Shakespeare’s plays that is the focus of an on-line research project. Class members visit a series of bookmarked sites and gather information to complete a Globe scavenger hunt. Using what they have discovered, they discuss the limitations and opportunities the structure of the Globe Theater afforded Shakespeare.
This online, interactive quiz asks 25 plot and character-related multiple choice questions about Shakespeare's Henry V. It could be useful as a reference when making your own test, or you could invite your class to take it on their own in order to get immediate feedback on their overall understanding of the play.
Many titles of books borrow from other pieces of literature and are often alluding to something within that work. Help your scholars see the ties between different literary masterpieces, especially Shakespeare's plays. Titles of books are given and the learner chooses which Shakespearean play the title comes from. This quiz relies on a thorough knowledge of quite a few of Shakespeare's plays.
Students explore the ancestry of the British monarchs' blood line. In this ancestry lesson, students research the lineage of the English and French monarchy from the beginning to present day. Students compose two paragraphs about their research findings and email this to the teacher.