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ClickView’s Great Expectations – Behind the Scenes

Recently added to our Curriculum Library for Secondary Schools is a series we’re very excited to release, Great Expectations. This exclusive series is designed for GCSE students and explores key elements of Charles Dickens’ classic Victorian novel. Our team of educators have chosen to produce this series specifically for our UK customers. When we looked at all the British texts we could focus on for our next English video, Great Expectations was one of the most searched for novel titles on ClickView.

Our ClickView Productions Team have put together this video to take you behind the scenes of ClickView’s Great Expectations. Watch the video below to meet the team, see where the series was filmed and how they built the sets.

What makes this series different to other programmes about Great Expectations?

Most videos about a novel or play are adaptations of the original work. Where ClickView Original Productions differ, in particular our latest series Great Expectations, is that we are focusing on the analysis of the novel – just as teachers and students are doing. We look at exactly what the National Curriculum in England outlines as requirements for literature studies, and we directly address that information in our programmes.

For example, all English literature specifications in the UK identify the skills and knowledge that a novel study should help students develop. This includes an understanding of the writer’s historical, social and cultural contexts; characters and their motivations; identifying themes, and evaluating a writer’s style and language choices.

This is why the Great Expectations series is broken into four shorter programmes – each tackling these important aspects of study. Additionally, all programmes come with a selection of worksheets and activities for students to complete, as well as the ClickView Interactive Video which provides another way to assess student understanding.

What additional resources are available for ClickView’s Great Expectations?

Each programme comes with a set of comprehension questions that can be used to help students note key programme information about the novel. The other activities provide a range of diverse activities so teachers can choose what best suits the needs of different classes and individual students. In this series that includes:

  • Creating a picture essay of the Victorian era.
  • Writing a ‘missing chapter’ from the novel about Magwitch’s experiences in Australia.
  • Analysis of how theme is revealed through plot, setting and characters.
  • Setting novel scenes to music to convey mood.

How can I watch this programme?

If you are subscribed to ClickView, this programme is available in our Curriculum Library for Secondary Schools. If your school does not have access to ClickView you can request a demo today.

 

Promote UNICEF's Day for Change with these Videos

UNICEF UK’s annual fundraising event occurs Friday 13 May. It is an opportunity for individuals and groups around the United Kingdom to come together and collect as much loose change as they can and raise money to help the United Nations Children Emergency Fund continue to undertake its vital work of keeping children safe around the world.

Too often the voices, experiences and struggles of children remain hidden despite the fact that 16 000 children die each day from preventable causes, nearly half of all deaths globally in children under 5 are due to malnutrition, and that every 10 minutes, somewhere on the planet, an adolescent girl will die as a result of violence. These shocking statistics are just the tip of the problem and speak to the urgent need for action.

For 70 years the UNICEF has worked hard to amplify the voice of children, aid the fight for children’s rights to be recognised and protected and tackle the causes of death, disease and poverty among children globally.

Below are seven videos available on the ClickView Exchange to help promote and mark UNICEF’s Day for Change in the classroom. From food-poverty in the UK to children making treacherous journey’s halfway across the planet by themselves, the videos cover a range of issues confronted by children both near and abroad.

If you’re already a ClickView customer you can access these titles in addition to over 10 000 more through the ClickView Exchange, copy them to your personal workspace and push them in to your school’s ClickView library. Otherwise, you can request a demo today.

To learn more about how you can contribute to and support the good-work being undertaken by UNICEF visit the UNICEF Day for Change website.

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Don’t Take My Child

This film investigates the topic of forced adoption in the UK. Under the Children Act 1989 and the Children and Families Act 2014 the government of the United Kingdom, if it deems there is risk of significant harm befalling a child, is legally invested with powers that allow it to remove children permanently from their parents and subsequently adopt those children to other families. This legislation is extremely controversial its critics have pointed out that the term “significant risk” is undefined meaning it is up to courts to decide. This has led to inconsistencies in rulings, as well as significant difficulties for families trying to shield themselves from the practice. This programme draws on interviews with leading social works, barristers, families and a High Court judge to better illustrate and deconstruct this highly politicized and charged topic, in turn shedding light on how the UK’s legal system tries to navigate the rights of children. Watch it here.

Breadline Kids

A 2014 report by Oxfam has predicted that by 2020 5 million British children will be living in poverty, today 3.5 million already do. This episode of Dispatches dives into the tragic circumstances surrounding this issue by following the stories of three children who currently live in poverty. In turn, the programme reveals the dire daily struggle faced by young people trapped in poverty as they must queue at food banks to stave off hunger while their parents work zero-hour contracts to try and make ends meet. This is a raw and confronting look at the lives of children suffering from poverty and malnutrition in the United Kingdom and will spur important reflection and discussion about what we as a society ought to do in response to such a significant emergency. Watch it here.

America’s Medicated Kids.

Louis Theroux travels to one of America’s major children’s psychiatric centres as he looks at the impact of prescription medication on children diagnosed with a variety of disorders – ranging from ADHD to anxiety. This startling documentary sheds light on a society in which more and more parents are turning to psychoactive medication to help them cope with the challenging behaviours of their children. In turn, Theroux raises questions about our increasing use of psychiatric medication, the line between bad behaviour and pathology, and whether pharmaceuticals are replacing parenting. This is a thought-provoking programme that will elicit discussion about the rights of children when it comes to behaviour altering medication. Watch it here.

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Children of the Gaza War

The BBC’s Chief International Correspondent, Lyce Doucet, travels to conflict riven border towns along the Gaza strip to investigate the impact of almost ceaseless war and instability on the lives of children there. In the programme we meet children on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the border. In turn, we hear stories from Palestinian children who have endured three major conflicts in six years, the most recent seeing almost 500 Palestinian children killed in airstrikes, while Israeli children live in constant fear of rocket attacks and underground tunnels. This tragic report examines and sheds light on the ravages of one of the world’s most intractable conflicts on the lives of children. Watch it here.

Children of The Great Migration

This episode of Panorama turns to childrens’ experience of one of the greatest challenges our planet has ever faced, the mass migration of humans across the globe. According to the United Nations the planet now hosts a population of 59 million displaced people who, due to war, poverty, or environmental degradation, have no home. In turn, there is a vast movement of people across the world towards the West, most commonly Europe. This programme looks at the experience of children, some as young as seven, as they seek to flee Sudan and Eritrea. Presenter Paul Kenyon reveals that the number of unaccompanied children embarking on this extremely dangerous journey is increasing, they face exploitation by people trafficking and find themselves in situations that no child, nor adult, should ever have to confront. This programme provides a sobering insight into the plight of the youngest members of Earth’s displaced population. Watch it here.

Children of World War II

Going back in time to World War II, this programme introduces three people who were children during World War II. Through interviews and archival footage the programme brings to life the experiences of young people: from air raids and evacuations to seeing family members go off to war. The programme will provide an excellent historical look at the lives of children during conflict historically as well as comparative material for thinking about the lives of children in contemporary conflicts. Watch it here.

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The Secret Life of Books: Swallows and Amazons

Moving away from conflict, this episode of The Secret Life of Books follows host John Sergeant as he takes to the water to explore the world of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons. Sergeant takes the viewer on a fascinating retrospective of the Ransome’s life and times, which resulted in the writer bringing us a new kind of children’s literature that moved away from the fantastical to focus on real children, doing real things in real places. This programme is a heart-warming and fascinating look at the life of children and the place of literature in nurturing and breathing meaning into the lives of children and, indeed, adults. Watch it here.

If you have any suggestions for programmes currently on free-to-air television that you feel would make a great resource for teachers and students feel free to contact: rupert.denton@clickview.co.uk

Videos to Celebrate Shakespeare’s Life and Legacy

April marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The day was met with events around the world to celebrate his life and work including a parade at Shakespeare’s birthplace at Straford-upon-Avon and an enormous interactive event at The Globe Theatre.

From adaptations of Shakespeare’s classics to commentaries on particular features of his work, below are seven videos available on the ClickView Exchange that will help continue the celebration of the life and work of one of history’s most influential playwrights and poets in the classroom.

If you’re already a ClickView customer you can access these titles in addition to over 10 000 more through the ClickView Exchange, copy them to your personal workspace and push them in to your school’s ClickView library. Otherwise, you can request a demo today.

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Romeo and Juliet

Buz Lurhmann’s searing adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most revered and ubiquitous plays, Romeo and Juliet, takes the audience to a gritty, sun-bleached re-imagining of strife-riven Verona where the themes of violence, fealty and love surge and course through the narrative of love doomed by circumstance. The film stands up as one of the most accomplished and most stylistic re-tellings of Shakespeare’s work while still managing to respect the timeless vivid beauty of Shakespeare’s writing, an outstanding resource that will serve any study of this play well. Watch it here.

Macbeth

This film adaptation of Rupert Goold’s critically acclaimed adaption of Macbeth presents an unsettling take on one of Shakespeare’s most psychological tragedies. Set in an unidentified central European country, the adaptation was shot entirely underground in Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire. This is an intensely claustrophobic, bloody and gripping presentation of Macbeth featuring performances and direction that reveal and grapple with many of the drama’s themes and motifs from the tragedy of Macbeth’s character to the inversion of moral order. Watch it here.

Julius Caesar, King Richard III and the Tempest

These three instalments of BBC 2’s  classic series, Shakespeare: The Animated Tales, are a perfect introduction to three of the playwright’s most significant plays: Julius Caesar, King Richard III and the Tempest. While the award winning animations have adapted all of the plays into half-an-hour versions for a younger audience this was done in conjunction with academic consultants to ensure that their central themes and characters remain intact. Watch it here.

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Hamlet

Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet brings this classic tale of melancholy, paranoia and love to life in one of the most epic and complete screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s work to date. Nominated for four academy awards and featuring a star studded cast including Branagh as Prince Hamlet, the film is recast in an opulent 19th Century Castle which is matched by dazzling, stylistic direction and cinematography as well as luminous performances which serve to fill every scene and line of dialogue with an energy that juxtaposes, without diminishing, the darkness of Shakespeare’s writing with the incandescent pageantry of Branagh’s own vision for Elsinore. Watch it here.

David Tennant on Hamlet

In this episode of BBC 4’s Shakespeare Uncovered actor David Tennant meets with a range of actors who have played the role of the tragic Danish Prince Hamlet. Tennant who received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company meets with the venerable David Warner who played the character in the 1960s and Jude Law who took the role on more recently. In the process Tennat attempts to take the play apart and understand why it is Hamlet is often considered Shakespeare’s finest work. This resource is an excellent accompaniment to any study of the themes, characters and legacy of Hamlet. Watch it here.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Starring Imelda Staunton as Polly (or Hippolyta) and Bill Paterson as Theo (or Theseus) this episode of the BBC One series: ShakespeaRe-Told provides a comic take on Shakespeare’s complex comedy about love and the more festive side of human nature. The adaptation, created by screenwriter Peter Bowker, sets the tale within a Dream Park follows the trials and tribulations of the story’s vibrant characters as they are thrown into confusion by efforts by fairies in a nearby wood efforts to ensure a happy ending. This re-telling will be an excellent resource for teaching and learning about one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Watch it here.

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Joely Richardson on Shakespeare’s Women

Focusing on women in the Twelfth Night and As You Like It, actress Joely Richardson looks at Shakespeare’s approach to writing female characters and legacy of the playwrights characterizations. The documentary draws includes interviews with individuals like feminist and scholar of Shakespeare Germaine Greere and actress Vanessa Redgrave to weave a balanced and thought-provoking study of women in Elizabethan theatre. Watch it here.

If you have any suggestions for programmes currently on free-to-air television that you feel would make a great resource for teachers and students feel free to contact: rupert.denton@clickview.co.uk

 

Tackling Racism with ClickView

March 21 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Day was started by the United Nations in 1966 and is designed to remind us about the profound damage to individuals and societies caused by racial discrimination and spur people to work towards eliminating racism.
From investigations into British racism to documentaries about how racism is being fought in football, below are seven videos on the ClickView Exchange thatprovide examples of racism in the UK and abroad, spread awareness of this issue and elicit discussion about how it can be combated.

If you’re already a ClickView customer you can access these titles in addition to over 10 000 more through the ClickView Exchange, copy them to your personal workspace and push them in to your school’s ClickView library. Otherwise, you can request a demo today.

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Is Britain Racist?

In this programme Journalist Mona Chalabi explores people’s subconscious prejudices to reveal what British people believe about different ethnicities and religions. Chalabi reveals that three quarters of Britons claim they have no racial prejudices and seeks to test whether reality matches the statistics. The results paint a more complex picture than the statistical evidence suggests. In turn, Chalabi puts her own beliefs beneath the microscope before asking the important question: can people be trained to lose their prejudices? This programme forms an introspective look at the psychology of the British nation and will cause the audience to consider their own subconscious prejudices and beliefs. Watch it here.

Race Hate in Louisiana

Follow Tom Mangold as he visits the small town of Jena, Louisiana to investigate how race relations have changed since the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Mangold encounters some disturbing events, such as nooses tied to trees in school yards to threaten black students and the unofficial segregation that still exists in Jena, in turn this reveals the extent to which racism still pulses in places like Louisiana. This program provides an important reminder about the shocking ways in which racism can manifest itself even in democratic and multicultural societies and will provide a good comparative exercise for pupils thinking about how racism manifests itself in the UK. This programme contains some upsetting scenes. Watch it here.

Undercover: Hate on the Terraces

Join Dispatches reporter Morland Sanders as he investigates the extent of racism and homophobia in elite level English football. Sanders witnesses racist chants at some of the biggest football grounds in the country and online vilification on official football forums. In turn, Sanders raises questions about the commitment of official institutions and the authorities to try and combat and change this culture of discrimination. This is an important exposé into the darker side of this beloved sport and will raise discussions about what should be done about this problem and how we should conduct ourselves in such environments. Watch it here.

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Reggie Yates: Race Riots USA

Actor and presenter Reggie Yates visits the small town of Ferguson, Missouri a year after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot by a policeman. This startling and confronting program reveals the extent to which the shooting has politicised Ferguson’s community and created a new generation of activists. Yates also looks at how new police recruits are being trained and the ongoing extent of discrimination facing African-Americans. This is a timely program given the worldwide awareness of movements such as Black Lives Matter which are fundamentally recasting race relations and shifting the discussion about everything from police brutality to cultural appropriation. Contains strong language and some upsetting scenes. Watch it here.

Skin Deep: The Story of Sandra Laing

Skin Deep: The Story of Sandra Laing tells the moving and tragic tale of Sandra Laing, who fell victim to South Africa’s notorious apartheid regime. Laing was a dark skinned child, despite having two white parents. In turn, she was shunned and isolated by her white classmates and eventually imprisoned for marrying a black man. Through interviews with Laing and a variety of her contemporaries pupils will learn about the history of apartheid and the oppression and cruelness that it dealt to non-white citizens. The documentary also provides a stark illustration of how an entire country’s legal system can be devised not to unite and protect its citizens regardless of their backgrounds but divide and oppress based on their background. Watch it here.

The Secret Policeman

In the Panorama documentary that captured headlines around the UK, journalist Mark Daley goes undercover as a police recruit in Manchester to reveal the extent of racism amongst new recruits. The program captured police officers engaged in racist behaviour including one recruit’s now infamous comment that “Stephen Lawrence,” who was murdered in a racially motivated attack, “deserved to die.” The programme led to resignations, inquiries and condemnation from the Home Secretary. The documentary is still relevant today with Britain’s top police officer, Sir. Bernard Hogan-Howe, stating in 2015 that British police forces may be institutionally racist.  This disturbing investigation will raise serious questions about the extent to which race determines whether a citizen is a likely to be subject to protection or suspicion from the law. Watch it here.

Is Football Racist?

In this documentary Former Premier League defender Clarke Carlisle investigates how far his profession has come since the days of bananas being thrown on the terraces. Clarke sets out with the belief that racism is largely non-existent in football and that recent media coverage of racist incidents suggest authorities are coming down hard on racism. He gradually realises, however, that the reality may not be so clear cut. Carlisle offers an even handed and thoughtful approach to this troubling issue while highlighting the fact that football could lead the way in combating racism across Britain by setting an example that is watched by hundreds of millions of people from diverse backgrounds each week. Watch it here.

If you have any suggestions for programmes currently on free-to-air television that you feel would make a  great resources for teachers and students feel free to contact: rupert.denton@clickview.co.uk

Celebrating World Book Day with ClickView

Where would we be without books?

In time for World Book Day on March 3 ClickView is celebrating all things books and writing in the Topics section of the ClickView Exchange. From fascinating investigations into historical texts to reflections on technology and its consequences for the future of books, we’ve gathered a diverse range of videos focusing on the world of the books. We’re really excited to share these to help you celebrate World Book Day in the classroom.

If you’re already a ClickView customer you can access these titles in addition to over 10 000 more through the ClickView Exchange, copy them to your personal workspace and push them in to your school’s ClickView library. Otherwise, you can request a demo today.

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Beauty of Books: Paperback Writer

The Beauty of Books focuses on the power books have had to reach out to their audiences, capture the imagination and alter the course of history. This episode focuses on the advent of the paperback and its transformative impact on literature, reading, society and the economy. The program presents a fascinating account of the importance of the now ubiquitous paperback book. Watch it here.

Poetry Season: T. S. Eliot

Arena delves into the life of one of the most important poets of the 20th Century, T. S. Eliot. Through interviews with writers and including Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney the program traces the many faces of T. S. Eliot from banker to father to poet, while treating us to much of Eliot’s work. Poetry Season T. S. Eliot reminds us of the legacy of this pivotal figure for not just for poetry and literature but for also the way we see and think about the world around us. Watch it here.

A Million Books for Free

Historian and Art Critic Andrew Graham Dixon, takes the viewer through the cultural event of World Book Night. Dixon visits a number of World Book Night events where people exchange their favourite titles with other book lovers. A Million Books for Free is a wonderful exposé about how books can bring people, even strangers, together through their shared passion for reading. Watch it here.

Just Read with Michael Rosen

Children’s author and poet Michael Rosen visits a Primary School in Cardiff to investigate the attitudes of children towards books and their reading habits. Over ten weeks Rosen attempts to spark a reading revolution at the School through having teachers break with the set curriculum in favour of books and reading. The program highlights changing attitudes towards books and reading and tries to answer the question asked by many teachers and parents, “How can we kindle a love of books and reading?” Watch it here.

The Ladybird Books Story: How Britain Got the Reading Bug

This program tells the fascinating story of Ladybird books, which have become an iconic part of the British literary landscape. Throughout the documentary the audience is told the story of Ladybird Books and the impact the books had on the British consciousness and national image. The program serves as a reminder about the far reaching impact books can have on our imagination and our society. Watch it here.

Picture Book

This program tells the story of how our reading changes and grows along with us. This episode focuses on the children’s picture book and explores the way in which the picture book stirs the minds of young readers through sumptuous illustration and brilliantly simple story-telling. The program is a wonderful reminder of the pure joy that books can elicit in readers of all ages. Watch it here.

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Google and the World Brain

Moving towards the future, Google and the World Brain looks at one of the most ambitious projects ever conceived on the Internet: Google’s plan to digitize every book on earth. This exhilarating and crucial documentary looks at Google’s gargantuan project and those who are trying to stop the project arguing that it undermines copyright, protection for authors and the privacy of readers globally. Watch it here.

Why Reading Matters

Science writer Rita Carter presents this timely story of how modern neuroscience has revealed the extraordinary power of books to help unlock the power of our brains. She focuses on the classic, Wuthering Heights, and its ability to have us enter other minds and understand the world from different points of view. Carter also considers whether the digital revolution may threaten the value of classic reading and impede us from accessing the powers gained through books. Watch it here.

The Secret Life of Books: Swallows and Amazons

The Secret Life of Books is a series in which classic books are considered afresh. Expert writers return to the original manuscripts and letters of authors to bring new insights to famous and iconic books. In this episode former journalist John Sergeant explores Arthur Ransome’s seminal work Swallows and Amazons. In the process he explores Ransome’s fascinating life as a foreign correspondent and friend of Lenin and Trotsky and how these experiences led to a new, authentic form of children’s literature. Swallows and Amazons captures the often exciting lives of authors and the ways in which these lives inform and influence their books. Watch it here.

If you have any suggestions of programs from free-to-air TV over the past week you think would be a great resource for teachers feel free to contact me at rupert.denton@clickview.co.uk

 

ClickView flips learning on its head with interactive videos

Challenge for video learning

The biggest road block to showing videos to a class, whether  it is a prep class or sixth form, is maintaining student engagement. It can’t be monitored, it wastes valuable class time and it is difficult to prevent.

We recognised this as a challenge for our schools worldwide and have come up with a solution.

Introducing interactive videos

ClickView Interactive Videos come with built-in questions and additional resources. Whilst watching students will be presented with questions about the video content and are encouraged to answer them before continuing, making them a valuable formative assessment tool. Not only do our interactive videos increase the need for students to engage with the information presented, but they break up watching time. This encourages them to think, learn, understand and question further, not just watch and switch off.

Recent studies have observed that “student engagement” is more than a single concept. [1] It relies on the students’ motivation to learn, their participation in discussion and classwork, their understanding of academic concepts and how much they interact with classmates and teachers.

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ClickView Interactive Videos are the perfect opportunity to start flipping your classroom.

Increase student engagement

Recent studies have observed that “student engagement” is more than a single concept. [1] It relies on the students’ motivation to learn, their participation in discussion and classwork, their understanding of academic concepts and how much they interact with classmates and teachers.

ClickView Interactive Videos touch on each of these: The video content is lively and interesting, providing motivation for the student. Teachers can look at the answers given by students and alter lesson plans based on their class’ understanding. Students can also watch videos at home before coming to class, encouraging a flipped classroom where they have more time to interact with their students and teachers in class.

See it for yourself

These videos are included as part of your ClickView subscription. If you are not a ClickView customer, feel free to request a demo and we would be more than happy to come to your school and show you how our interactive videos can help improve learning outcomes.

 

[1] Henrie, Curtis R; Halverson, Lisa R; Graham, Charles R.Measuring student engagement in technology-mediated learning: A Review[2015] Computers & Education Journal 1 December 2015, Volume 90, p36-53

Romeo and Juliet: Why We Need to Celebrate Its Minor Characters

The study of Shakespeare is a long-standing tradition in literary education, and most of us leave high school well-versed in the Bard’s themes and characters. Whether it’s “To be or not to be?” that causes us to question the very point of our existence, or the quick-witted Bottom that introduces us to the risqué humour of innuendo, Shakespeare often leaves a marked impact on our understanding of language and meaning itself.

As educators, one of our greatest challenges is teaching such canonical material in new and exciting ways.

Romeo and Juliet is, perhaps, Shakespeare’s most celebrated play. Its universal themes of love, tragedy and sacrifice speak to both young and old; its titular characters remaining the quintessence of forbidden romance, centuries after they were first penned.

As educators, one of our greatest challenges is teaching such canonical material in new and exciting ways. We at ClickView are creating new content to this end; providing teachers with fresh ways to engage today’s students.

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ClickView’s This Is Shakespeare is a four part series that provides insight into the themes, dramatic techniques and characters that come to life in popular Shakespearean works. It approaches the complexity of Romeo and Juliet in a novel manner.

In Romeo and Juliet – Minor Characters, Tybalt, Juliet’s nurse and Friar Laurence are placed on centre stage. The programme’s analysis of Romeo and Juliet moves beyond the much discussed relationship of the play’s protagonists, to reveal how the Bard uses theatre to contend with Renaissance perspectives on gender, family, and doubt. The prejudices and values that were held by Shakespeare and his contemporaries are unpacked in an engaging parody of the amateur theatre scene.

Love, of course, is a salient point of deliberation, but duality and fate also feature heavily in how the play unfolds.

As our video illustrates, the Nurse juxtaposes the ideal of youth and femininity portrayed by Juliet. The character voices the objections of the spurned woman: an archetype used commonly in Renaissance depictions of femininity. In doing so, Shakespeare problematises the adoption of either extreme; Juliet’s naivety and the Nurse’s disillusionment ultimately prove to be destructive qualities.

Thematically, Romeo and Juliet is a rich source for understanding the human condition. Love, of course, is a salient point of deliberation, but duality and fate also feature heavily in how the play unfolds. The enmity between circumstance and free will reaches dizzying heights in the play’s conclusion, but it is the play’s minor characters that foreshadow the imminence of tragedy and, ultimately, renewal.

Discussion Questions

  • Compare how women are depicted in Romeo and Juliet by comparing the characters of Juliet, the Nurse, and Rosaline. How do these women reflect Renaissance gender stereotypes? What is Shakespeare attempting to say about these stereotypes?
  • The idea of fate in Romeo and Juliet coincides with inevitability. To what extent do you believe this to be true? Do you think Romeo and Juliet were truly star-crossed and doomed to die, or do you think that they have, instead, suffered the consequences of their hasty actions? Explain your answer.

 

Further Activities

  • Write a scene between the Nurse and Juliet, set in the modern world. Consider how the Nurse’s role might fit into a contemporary understanding of the “spurned woman”. Similarly, consider how Juliet’s role might fit into a contemporary understanding of feminine naivety.

 

Behind the Scenes: ‘Most Embarrassing Sex Questions in History’

Do you remember studying sex ed in High School? I do, and I still shudder. I was a huge nerd through school, but the second sex ed classes started in Year 7 PDH/PE, I involuntarily shrank back in my chair and dreamt of lunchtime. Learning about all that kind of stuff in front of the popular boys? No way.

I really feel for teachers who have to talk about sex to a room full of teenagers. There are the constant giggles, the unfortunate slips of the tongue (organism/orgasm anyone?) and that brutal tension in mixed-gender classrooms when reproduction is taught.

Clickview’s new video series ‘The Most Embarrassing Sex Questions in History’ wants to get teachers through this touchy topic smoothly, and has enlisted Melbourne’s top comedians to help.

Presented as historical comedy, the videos show well-known historical figures going through sexual health and puberty situations that the students will also be experiencing.

The content is light-hearted and funny, but doesn’t shy away from hard to broach topics.

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Robin Hood has a wet dream and Little John spreads the word.

Max Miller, the Director of the series, says it was important to balance the comedy and entertainment side of the videos, while getting all the important information across to students.

Edwina Baden-Powell, Head of Production at ClickView and producer of the series, believes the videos will help begin the discussion about Sex Ed in the classroom.

“‘The Most Embarrassing Sex Questions in History’ was developed to help give teachers and students an icebreaker to start discussing tricky topics in class,” she says.

The videos provide the information, so teachers can focus more on encouraging discussion, and ensuring the students are interested and open to exploring the confronting topics of sex-ed.

The ClickView original production will be available in Spring 2016 as part of the Curriculum Library for Secondary Schools.