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Review of Week 1

Genny, your lead educator, looks back at some interesting talking points from this week.

Genny welcomes everyone to this first week of the course and comments on the diversity of motivations for joining the course. It’s great to have you all here - students, teachers, everyone!

She describes the main points from week one and touches on Shakespeare’s lost years, the Globe theatre as well as his tragedies and comedies.

Genny mentions Marwane Chana’s comment about Shakespeare’s education, Zelam Phadke’s thoughts on film adaptations of Shakespeare and Erika Mamkvist’s recommendation.

She ends with a reminder of what’s coming up in week 2 and explains why you might need a handkerchief.

Here are links to some resources that you might like to look at.

An article about the poaching theory
An article about Shakespeare’s lost years
Shakespeare’s tragi-comedies
The Globe’s website: includes a virtual tour
Shakespeare resources for teachers

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Coming up in Week 2

Next week we’ll look at one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, Romeo and Juliet. We’ll look at the plot of the play and we’ll hear from an actor talking about playing Juliet. If you want to get started straight away, go to the To do list for Week 2.

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Exploring English: Shakespeare

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