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SHAKESPEARE’S LANGUAGE English 9 CP SHAKESPEARE’S LANGUAGE English 9 CP

Goals To understand the language Shakespeare uses in regards to: Pronouns Verbs Syntax To Goals To understand the language Shakespeare uses in regards to: Pronouns Verbs Syntax To write your own Shakespearean dialogue and perform it for the class.

Shakespeare’s Language Shakespeare was writing around 1590 -1615 (reigns of Elizabeth I and James Shakespeare’s Language Shakespeare was writing around 1590 -1615 (reigns of Elizabeth I and James I). It’s confusing to us, but made complete sense to his audiences. Imagine Shakespeare and others of his age trying to understand the way WE speak (download, LOL, ‘Sup? ).

First – in pairs Write a 10 line dialogue between two characters using one First – in pairs Write a 10 line dialogue between two characters using one of the following scenarios: A cop pulling someone over A student getting caught cutting class A boy asking a girl out A friend having to “compliment” his friend’s very ugly dog Keep the language simple, but be sure to use a few of the following phrases: you are, you have, you do, you see, you grow. Skip lines.

Pronouns You (subject) You (object) Your Singular Thou Thee Thy/Thine (used before Plural You Pronouns You (subject) You (object) Your Singular Thou Thee Thy/Thine (used before Plural You Ye Yours words beginning with a vowel) Yourself Thyself Yourself Change all the “You”s in your dialogue to the appropriate Shakespearean term.

Verbs To be Singular Plural I am We are Thou art You are He/she Verbs To be Singular Plural I am We are Thou art You are He/she is They are To have Singular Plural I have We have Thou hast You have He/she has/hath They have

Verbs (cont. ) To do Singular Plural I do We do Thou dost You Verbs (cont. ) To do Singular Plural I do We do Thou dost You do He/she does/doth They do To see Singular Plural I see We see Thou seest You see He/she sees/seeth They see

Verbs (cont. ) To grow Singular Plural I grow We grow Thou growest You Verbs (cont. ) To grow Singular Plural I grow We grow Thou growest You grow He/she grows/groweth They grow Note: Past tense is similar. Thou wert Thou hadst Thou didst Thou sawest Thou grewest

Syntax (word order) Shakespeare wrote in a different word order than we are used Syntax (word order) Shakespeare wrote in a different word order than we are used to (often to fit iambic pentameter). The subject, verb, and object did not follow a 1, 2, 3 order. I lost my homework. Lost my homework, I. My homework I lost. Lost I my homework lost. Rewrite four of your sentences, playing with the order.

Finally! Copy over your script, so that both of you have copies. Take a Finally! Copy over your script, so that both of you have copies. Take a few moments with your partner, and practice your skit. You’ll perform it for the class.