Elizabeth I, Isaac Newton, Wm Shakespeare
|Jul 1 - Jul 5
morning / afternoon
Students will learn about the Elizabethan era, including literature, science, and exploration.
Queen Elizabeth the Great gave her name to a half century, reigning as queen from 1558-1603. She refused to marry, since that would have meant her husband took over the country. The English explored the world and founded their North American colonies during her reign. What state is named for her? What state is named for her older sister?
William Shakespeare is the most famous English playwright to date. His most famous play, Hamlet, presented the inner feelings of a character, which was different from other plays that came before. And you may have seen the Hamlet story – The Lion King is based on it: Evil brother kills the king and takes over. Ghost of the dead king speaks to his son to tell him to take the kingdom back. Why is Shakespeare still studied today, even though scholars can only understand about 85% of what he wrote?
Sir Isaac Newton came along about a half century later. His work on light and gravity were groundbreaking, but he was an odd fellow willing to take enormous risks. No, not sitting under an apple tree… he watched an apple fall; he wasn’t hit by one. (BTW – the tree in question is still alive on the farm where Newton grew up). The risk he took was sticking a needle between his eye and the socket to learn about how light works. What happened? What did he learn? Would your mom let you stick a needle in your eye for science?