Apr 26, 1546
William ShakespeareView 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 TheatreCompleted 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
The United States of AmericaClick 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!
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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane AustenClick 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.
How do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways by Elizabeth Barrett BrowningFollow 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
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 closesMarshalsea 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.
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen PoeWatch 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."
Great Expectations by Charles DickensReading "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.
Little Dorrit by Charles DickensYou 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!
American Civil WarIf 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
World War IAustria-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:
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Francis Scott FitzgeraldDownload 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 MitchellPublished 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.
Ireland's Bloody SundayTwenty-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