Reflection: Online Resources "The Good and the Badde": Using Primary Texts to Unmask Female Stereotypes - Section 6: Suggested Follow-Up

 

In this lesson, I use online resources from The Folger Shakespeare Library. Under the direction of Michael Whitmore, the director of the Folger, and Peggy O'Brien, the director of education for the Folger, the library continues to evolve and offer teachers a plethora of resources. 

In this video, Michael Whitmore expands on the Renaissance definition of a comedy to include data analysis of pronouns in Shakespeare's comedies. He says, "a comedy is a play that avoids using we for four acts." The absence of we and the focus on I results in misunderstanding among characters. Certainly, stereotypes speak to the ways characters misunderstand. 

When data is used to help us understand language, I don't mind counting the numbers. This is much different from the punitive use of data we often find in education. 

  Understanding Comedy Beyond the Renaissance Definition
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"The Good and the Badde": Using Primary Texts to Unmask Female Stereotypes

Unit 9: "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare: Unmasking a Troubling Text
Lesson 8 of 16

Objective: SWBAT analyze part of the play based on stereotypes identified in a primary document from the 17th Century.

Big Idea: Primary documents offer insights into gender roles in Shakespeare's texts.

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English / Language Arts, Primary Sources (Lit), Shakespeare, Differentiation, The Taming of the Shrew, The Good and the Badde, Culture of Learning, Complex Tasks, formative assessment
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