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Shakespeare's Premier Folio was recently discovered in a library in Saint-Omer. This discovery comes at the same time that the festivities surrounding the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare are in preparation.

“Externally, the object is not particularly spectacular. A small book of approximately A4 format, printed on ordinary paper and deprived of those paintings or illuminations in fine gold which are the splendor of certain works of the Middle Ages. It is, however, a discovery of the first importance which has just been made at the Saint-Omer urban library, rue Gambetta, in Pas-de-Calais ”.

Source: The world

The next activities will allow students to familiarize themselves with some of Shakespeare's theatrical works such as the First Folio and A Midsummer Night's Dream.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Carry out the conceptual map of a Shakespearean work (Midsummer Night's Dream);
- Name works of Shakespeare (comedies, plays and tragedy);
- Recognize the complexity of the theatrical works of William Shakespeare;
- Name characteristics of Shakespeare's integral printed in 1623.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: Shakespeare's Folio

First, ask the students if they have ever seen the movie Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet?

Display this cuff relating the rarity of finding works by Shakespeare still today. Continue by presenting this item complementary to know more about the First Folio.

Have students choose 3 comedies, 3 historical pieces and 3 tragedies of Shakespeare and make a short summary.

Distribute to them this consignment grid so that they can write down their choices.

Offer the application to the students Adobe slate so that they can present their compilation in an interactive and dynamic way.

ACTIVITY 2: A complete discovery

Show this report to the students to introduce them to another very famous collection by Shakespeare that was discovered in 2014.

Ask students about their understanding of this finding. Here are some questions:

- What is the treasure room?
- In what radius of the library was Shakespeare's complete collection discovered?
- In what year was this integral printed?
- In what year was the library built?
- What are the pieces that can be found in the complete discovery?
- Etc.

ACTIVITY 3: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Begin this activity by doing a collective reading of the abstract from this comedy by William Shakespeare.

Present this movie animation for students so that they can enjoy a work by Shakespeare that is complex but suitable for students.

Have the students make a graphic card for this 1600s comedy. a copy of this document so that they can have the names of the characters at their disposal as well as a working outline for their map.

You could suggest that students use a site like Popplet or Coggle in order to also allow the pupils to collaborate in small work teams.

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