Saying a little prayer can give you a way in to Shakespeare
Even with more mature students who have "done" one before, tackling plays from England's Renaissance period often elicits cries of "I can't understand all that Old English". This response always saddens me, not least because it is inaccurate: Renaissance writers did not use Old English.
So to challenge students' conviction that these works are in a language that needs "translating", I use this lesson.
After a brief discussion about students' experiences of studying Shakespeare or Marlowe on previous occasions, I display on the whiteboard the Anglo-Saxon - or Old English - version of the Lord's Prayer (bit.lyPrayerOldEnglish).
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