Y9 Homework – Henry V Presentations

Henry V at Agincourt

Your homework for Friday 30th January is, in pairs, to construct a presentation on your given scene (or part of a scene) for presentation next week. You have Thursday’s and Friday’s lessons to prepare for the presentation, as well as Friday’s homework. You need to ensure that you touch on the following subjects:

more after the break

What should you talk about?

a) Give an overview of the scene. What happens in it?
b) Talk about the language in the scene. Is it very formal? Is it in verse or prose? Does it contain a lot of metaphors, or is it quite straightforward? How does this help our understanding?
c) Pick out and explain one metaphor which they think is particularly good. What is Shakespeare trying to get across? Is there more than one aspect of the metaphor that we should be aware of?
d) Explain how this scene affects our view of Henry. Do they refer to him in the scene? Does it show him in any particular light?

Lastly, if you can think of a short exercise or activity to demonstrate what you have been talking about, feel free to do it after your presentation has ended. IF it will make people remember your point, I’ll be very impressed…

How should you do it?

Remember, you have to try and make this presentation interesting to the rest of the class, who will be learning from you. As such, you may use Powerpoint to help in your presentation. However, you may not put any words up on the screen. As such, if you want to use Powerpoint, you may only use images to help you. (Maps? Stils from a Film? Visual examples of a metaphor? You can use film footage of the play, as long as you don’t use sound, and it doesn’t interrupt your presentation.) The one exception that I will make is if you want to talk about Shakespeare’s language – in this case, you may project a short piece of writing, no longer than two lines, which you may then annotate with board markers to make your point.

Lastly, you are not permitted to read word for word from a pre-prepared document. You may use a maximum of four index cards each, with a maximum of twelve words written upon each one. You may not save words from one to add to another, and you may not have a single sheet of paper with 48 words on it. If your notes do not meet these criteria, I will take away the offending article. You may have the text with you, which you may refer to.

Resources

What can you use to help you in your research?
1) The Internet – Feel free to use the internet for your research. Googling for “Henry V Study Guide” or “Henry V notes” will yield a number of results – feel free to use them in your research.
2) Modern translations and study guides – These are excellent resources. York Notes, Cliff’s Notes, Letts Study guides – all of these are designed to take you through scene by scene. Hint – some of these are available on line…
3) The edition that you are reading! It’s got loads of good stuff in there – a summary at the beginning of each chapter, and a notes on each line. Also, make sure that you take a look at the longer summaries at the beginning of the book – you will need to know what has happened before your scene in order to understand what’s going on.
4) YouTube – it’s well worth seeing if you can find your particular scene on YouTube – there’s quite a lot of the Brannagh version up there, and wathchin it through a couple of times will help. Just don’t forget that he may have cut some bits out…

Use your imagination, chaps, and blow me away…

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~ by mrprestney on January 29, 2009.

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