This is a page where I can broaden the context of a discussion and offer motivated students advanced material.
If I'm teaching Shakespeare's life or Elizabethan England. I will use this page to give students what they're looking
for by going into depth about my subject.
Here's an example of the type of material I could include:
Shakespeare used literary devices he knew his Renaissance audience would appreciate. To help my students understand
and recognize these devices here is a list of several that you will encounter in your reading:
used both mythological and Biblical allusions. For example, the sergeant compares a bloody
scene of death on the battlefield to Golgotha which is the place of Christ's death in the New Testament (I,ii.).
One of the mythological allusions is Macduff's comparing the dead Duncan to a Gorgon of Greek mythology which
could turn a person to stone because of the terror evoked (II,iii).
2. Figurative Language—Shakespeare's mastery of language is exemplified through his use of imagery such as similes,
metaphors, personification, alliteration, and symbols. To help students understand these, discuss the word pictures
paints. Because Shakespeare's pictures are so vivid, students might be able to illustrate them with drawings
Look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under it. (I,v)
Your face, my Thane, is as a book where men
May read strange matters. (I,v)
I have begun to plant thee, and will labor
To make thee full of growing. (I,iv)
Why do you dress me
In borrowed robes? (I,iii)
If chance will have me King, why, chance may crown me,
Without my stir (I,iii)
Was the hope drunk
Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since? (I,vii)
But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in
To saucy doubts and fears. (III, iv)
In this area I might include links with more information on subjects we've discussed in class.
For example, this site
offers the history of word meanings:
Elements of Fiction