This lesson pack coordinates with Ep 154 of That Shakespeare Life, in which we cover the history of hunting during Shakespeare's lifetime. The lesson covers the arrival of Commedia dell'Arte puppet masters from Italy in England, the evolution of puppet theater, including the establishment of the first permanent puppet theater in England. We cover several places in Shakespeare's plays that puppets show up in his works. We also talk about how puppets were made in the 16th century, and one of the puppet masters we know was operating in England during Shakespeare's lifetime. We also introduce you to contemporaries of William Shakespeare who wrote plays specifically to be performed by puppet theater. In addition to the history guide, the pack also contains 5 printable worksheets so that your students can explore the history they are learning about while they listen to the episode.
PLAY THAT WORK WELL WITH THIS GUIDE: Shakespeare mentions “puppets” 11 times across 7 plays. This lesson pack can coordinate with any of the plays that mention puppets. Those include: Antony and Cleopatra (V.2), Hamlet (III.2), King Lear (II.2), Midsummer Night's Dream (III.2), Taming of the Shrew (I.2, IV.3, V.1), Tempest (V.1), and Two Gentlemen of Verona (II.1).
– Brief look at medieval puppets
– Italian Marionettes and the Commedia dell'Arte
– Glove puppets vs String and Wire puppets
– Every Man Out of His Humor by Ben Jonson
– Mechanics of a puppets and materials used to make them
– Archival images of Punch and Judy/Punch and Joan puppets
– Shakespeare, Jonson, and Dekker writing plays for puppets
– Captain Pod, 17th century puppet master in London
– Play Review Worksheet
– Writing Prompt
– Crossword Puzzle & Answer Key
– Imagination Workout: Design Your Own 16th Century Puppet
– Activity Prompt: Create Your Own Sock Puppet