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Random Acts of Shakespeare (AP)

Random Acts of Shakespeare (AP)

Author: Susan Nygaard

Students will become more comfortable with Shakespeare's language and with performing by working memorized single lines and mini-scenes into everyday situations.  

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All the Shakespeare reading quizzes will be quotation-identification quizzes, in which I give you several quotations, & you tell me who is speaking, about what, and to whom.  Read carefully & well!  

Shakespeare Lecture (VoiceThread)--LISTEN!!!

Some Final Questions about 12N


A Few Notes & Study Questions about Othello


Random Acts of Shakespeare, Part One

See calendar for this year's due dates!

Also, you can add this to the 5-point passages: "As, you know, / What great ones do, the less will prattle of" (1.2).

This, too: "O thou dissembling cub! What wilt thou be / when time hath sow'd a grizzle on thy case?" (5.1).

Remember to write the quotation you used on the form!!!


Random Acts, Part Two

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New this year: Each group member must embed a video of one of his/her group's performances in a blog post, in which s/he also identifies (1) the Act/Scene from which the snippet is taken, (2) the part each person is playing, and (3) explains what's happening in the scene. The post should also explain where and when the video was taken.


Random Acts of Shakespeare, Part Three

See calendar for this year's due dates! I'm interested in hearing suggestions for how to make Part Three more interesting...


Shakespeare Insults


Reading Shakespeare's Language

Be sure to read BOTH pages!




Common Shakespearean Words


Common Shakespearean Words


anon—right now, OR “I come right away”……. “Anon, good nurse!  Speak!”


art—are, OR skill……“Thou art  dead; no physician’s art can save you..”


dost or doth—does or do……“Dost thou know the time?”


ere—before……“We must leave ere daybreak.”


fain—gladly……“I fain would bake Dr Nygaard cookies if I could get an A.”


fie—an exclamation of dismay or disgust……“You cheated?  Fie upon it!” OR “Fie!  Are you mad?”


hark—listen……. “Hark to the owl,” OR “Hark!  The herald angels sing!”


hence—away…..“Get thee hence, beggar!”  OR “We must hence before the army arrives.”


hie—hurry……“Hie thee hence, or lose your life!”


hither—here…..“Come hither, young lad.”


thither—there……“Look to the east—thither doth the sun arise.”


hath—has……… “He hath killed many a man.” OR “He hath a horse.”


ho—hey (roughly equivalent). “Lucius, ho!”  [Brutus calling his servant]


mark—pay attention to…….. “Mark my words.”


marry—indeed……“He says I should respond quickly; marry, I want to.”


pray/prithee—a polite way of asking something……“I prithee answer the question.”


saucy—cheeky; sassy……“Hence, thou saucy boy!”


sirrah—a term of address used for inferiors……“Sirrah, bring the letter over here.”


thee—you……“When will I see thee next?”


thou—you……“Thou art a villain.”


thy—your……“Thy name is more hateful than thy face.”


whence—from where…….. “Whence came that news?” OR “Return to whence you came.”


wherefore—why……“Wherefore dost thou leave?”  OR “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” [As in, “why can’t you be someone else, whom my family doesn’t hate?”]


Source: From the Bath Central School District, English Department

A Few Reminders


Thou = you (Thou beslubbering elf-skinned hedge-pig!)

Thy = your (Give me thy hand)

Thine = yours (This book is thine)

Art = are (Thou art a twisted bunch-back’d toad!)

ist=is it

to’t=to it



An = if

Ay (pronounced “I”) = yes

Ducats is pronounced “DUCK-ats”

Drama Terms

The first two paragraphs = Q1&2; the third & fourth paragraphs = Q3&4.


Did Shakespeare Invent Love?

Source: Nerdwriter on YouTube

12N Fishbowl discussion assignment