Fact Sheet: Special Effects

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During Shakespeare's time, one could make firecrackers by purchasing gunpowder from the local ironmonger. With the fact-filled handout, scholars learn more about how acting companies created special effects in their performances during the Elizabethan era. Pupils discover the myriad of ways producers created the illusion of thunder, lightning, and magic on stage. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask individuals to research the causes and effects of the Globe Theatre fire of 1613
  • Have small groups discuss what special effects they would use if they were play producers
Classroom Considerations
  • Uses British English spelling and grammar conventions 
Pros
  • Includes links to other resources
  • Provides two color pictures that reinforce the text 
Cons
  • None
Common Core