Shakespeare Research Project Before beginning reading Shakespeare, we’re going to take some time to learn a little about the playwright and the Elizabethan period. Also, this is a great opportunity to do a little digging and researching to locate and write. Of course, most of you are saying, “What another paper?” or “Writing, I hate it!” A little secret, folks, most of you are planning on college, and when you begin classes then, there will be a lot of writing. Professors will expect you to have the skills to research and to use the MLA format for papers. This is something that they will not teach you, and expect you ready to go! Also, you will use this for the remaining years of high school, so why not, just learn now. Purpose: Besides learning about Shakespeare and the times, an important skill to work on is asking the right questions. We begin assignments not knowing much, but we have the tools to figure out what we need. Example, you may have played the guessing game, where you are given a sealed box with an object inside. The idea is to guess what is in the box without opening it. You know how to ask questions to figure out what is in that box. You can do the same with a research project. What kind of questions would be ask, if you were given a box? 1. 2. Why can you ask those questions? 1. 2. You can ask the same kinds of questions for a research topic before even beginning your actual research. If your topic is a person? 1. 2. If your topic is a place? 1. 2. If your topic is a historical period? 1. 2. You can come up with general questions to assist you in your research, but the key is asking a good question. The answer is to ask a question(s) that will allow your research to be meaningful to you and to your paper. Some of you are whining I can hear it already. “I don’t know anything about this topic!” A good place to start is the encyclopedia. Check to see if your topic is there, and read up on the subject. Then, you can start asking some quality questions that will guide you in the right direction. Example: Your topic is Christopher Marlowe. Can you think of a few things? 1. 2. Now read the article from the encyclopedia. Can you think of some more meaningful questions to ask? 1. 2. Now you are ready to begin research the topic to find relevant information to write. Your Project Requirements: You will choose a topic and prepare three questions that you will research and answer in paragraph form using complete and mechanically correct sentences. Included in your grade will be the process of research, each part will be assessed as you complete the tasks: sources, note-taking, outlining, rough draft, final draft, citations, works cited page. 1. Review and choose three of the following topics. One will be selected for you to start your research. Shakespeare History of the Globe Theatre Dress of Elizabethan Period Queen Elizabeth The Black Death Christopher Marlowe Weapons of the times The Sonnets Sir Francis Drake Sir Walter Raliegh Mary, Queen of Scots Feudal System Food of the times Women of the times Health of the times Magic and Folklore Henry VII The Boy Players Inventions Games and Pastimes Lord Chamberlain’s Men Religious beliefs 2. You will generate three questions based on your topic. These will be approved. 3. Research will be completed to answer these three questions in two to three paragraphs. Research will include one encyclopedia, one web source and one other form of printed material: book, specialized encyclopedia, or pamphlet. In class you will be taught and practice. 4. Proper note-taking. 5. Prepare an outline. 6. Use citations correctly. 7. Provide a “Works Cited” page. 8. It will be typed, and double spaced. Clean font, 10 to 12 pt. 9. Handed in with a cover sheet, stapled together in packet form.
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