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|26th Apr, 1546||William Shakespeare||View his wikimedia page
Was an English Poet and Playwright who was raised on and lived at Stratford-upon-avon, England, married to Anne Hathaway, and part owner of the playing company Lord Chamberlain's Men.
He is known for:
His tragedies: "King Lear", "Hamlet", and "Macbeth"
His poems and sonnets
His comedies: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Twelfth Night," "The Merchant of Venice"
His "Globe" Theater
|Completion of the Globe Theatre||Completed in Southwark for theartrical performances. Shakespeare owned shares of the Theatre and company, and it is speculated he also acted in his plays that were shown here.
This link will take you to the Globe's official site and give you a virtual tour
|Shakespeare writes the play "Hamlet"||This tragic story about a Danish prince trying to solve the riddle of his father's death has, to me, one of the hardest plot lines to follow. It has many names that are hard to pronounce, and so many sinister things happen it is hard to keep up!
Watch a shortened, simplified movie version of the play Then take the quiz on the video
|"Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare||Teachers: This one's for you! This curriki will help you construct your lesson plans involving this Shakespeare classic.|
|The United States of America||Click here to watch episodes, play interactive games, and compare modern times to the setting of the series
The cartoon series "Liberty's Kids" was created to educate younger kids about their country's origins on a level they understand- cartoons. I actually enjoy watching this show also, I must admit!
|More about Marshalsea||Follow this link to view the historicality of this prison|
|Persuasion by Jane Austen||Click the link to watch the movie on Netflix. It is not available for "Watch Instantly" but you can add it to your DVD Queue.
his story is about a widower father and his three daughters in Somersetshire, England trying to make the best of tough financial times. The oldest daughter is also still in love with the man she turned down, whose brother wants to buy her home.
|Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen||Follow the link to see a full character analysis from this book.|
|Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen||To download an audio version, click the link!|
|How do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways by Elizabeth Barrett Browning||Follow this link to find out more about a National Recitation Contest featuring this poem and to read more about Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace."
|The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe||
Youcan read about this modern manga version of the classic here:Read about a UK theatre production company's version
|The Cry of the Children by Elizabeth Barrett Browning||"Go out children, from the mine and from the city,
Sing out, children, as the little thrushes do;
Pluck your handfuls of the meadow-cow-slips pretty,
Laugh aloud, to feel your fingers let them through!" -quote courtesy of: http://www.bartleby.com/246/260.html
|Marshalsea Prison closes||Marshalsea Prison, where Amy Dorrit, the main character of Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, is born closes in 1842. In the book, Amy's father is a man who was once affluent but goes so far into debt that he and his entire family are taken here. The story chronicles sweet, tender-hearted,and loyal Amy as her family strives to make a better life with the help of good friend, Mr. Arthur Clennam, whose family has secrets of their own.|
|Robert Browning marries Elizabeth Barrett (Browning) and they run away to Italy||Read the eBook of their love letters
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|The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe||Watch a clip by Colony Media online
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"But to these words I hearkened in vain for a reply. I grew impatient. I called aloud -No answer still. I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within. There came forth in return only a jingling of the bells."
|Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens||You can watch the three part mini-series by following the link
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I would never have experienced this beautiful and touching story about a young girl who makes the most of her life if it had not been featured in a PBS Masterpiece Classic MiniSeries. Next time you have a few hours, you should watch it!
|Great Expectations by Charles Dickens||Reading "Bianca's Book Blog" will tell you more about the story.
The picture to your left is a child-friendlier version of the original that is available on Amazon.com for review and purchase.
|American Civil War||If you enjoy reading about the civil war, you might enjoy this book:
The Flags of War by John Wilson
The south secedes in the spring of 1861, and not long after, the president declares war. Families, friends, and communities are torn apart by the bloodiest and costliest war in American History.
|Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy||Watch the amazing mini series here! Support PBS!!
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|World War I||Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia; Russia, Germany, France, and the United States each eventually follow suit and pick sides.
Thinking about History:
What was the inciting incident?
Who were the major powers on both sides?
What caused America to enter the war?
What year did it end?
Follow the link to check your answers:
<a href='' > World War I facts</a>
|The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Francis Scott Fitzgerald||Download the app here to read the book!
I am sure a lot of you reading this have seen the Brad Pitt movie, "TheCurious Case of Benjamin Button." Did you know it was a book first? That was written by the author of "TheGreat Gatsby?"
|Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell||Published by Margaret Mitchell about a girl whose family and home are torn apart by the aggression of Yankee forces in the Civil War. As a southern belle, I happen to love this book!
Learn more about battles, biographies and more.
|Seamus Heaney, Irish Poet||Seamus Heaney's Poem "The Road to Derry" written about his drive to the funeral of those killed on Ireland's Bloody Sunday
Seamus Heaney's poem "Blackberry Picking" set to a song by James Morrison.
Watch as Seamus Heaney reads his poem "Digging" with demonstrations
|Ireland's Bloody Sunday||Twenty-six civil rights protesters and bystanders were shot by British soldiers. This massacre occurred in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland and has become a painful event in the history of Ireland's struggles with British leadership. Seamus Heaney wrote his poem "The Road to Derry" about his feelings on the matter while en route to the funeral of some of the victims.
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|William Shakespeare's Gnomeo and Juliet||Radio commentary on Gnomeo and Juliet|