Drama and Plays * Summer Holiday Activities

With summer and summer holidays in the air, there are so many activities that children and grown-ups can participate in. Attending a good play or theater performance is a wonderful way to be aware of many humanitarian themes and learn about social dynamics. Also, just like any good literature work, dramas can inspire creativity, imagination and a sense of enchantment. Also, enacting dramas and plays is a wonderful way to develop empathy and also helps students develop their communication skills. It is 400 years since the brilliant and world-famous playwright William Shakespeare passed away (died April 23, 1616). However, the brilliant scenes from his plays like Julius Caesar that discuss political and democratic questions are very relevant. These plays portray human dynamics and can make students more aware, assertive and empowered. Such plays can help students not only develop their … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare * Introduction – Julius Caesar * CBSE Class 10 English

William Shakespeare is one of the world’s most famous and brilliant playwrights. Even after 400 years (died April 23, 1616), his plays are studied in English and translated plays are studied in other language mediums. William Shakespeare was brilliant at communicating how human beings behaved in all sorts of challenging situations and the dynamics between them. A very famous tragedy play that he wrote was Julius Caesar. An excerpt from the play Julius Caesar can be found in the CBSE Class 10 English textbook. It is a wonderful way to introduce Shakespearean plays and is laid out in a thoughtful and easy-to-read manner. Julius Caesar is in fact a very important play because it discusses democratic ideals, armed conflicts, politics, mob mentality and human dynamics during political upheavals. The play “Julius Caesar” also explores the psychology of people involved in … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare * Seven Ages * CBSE Class 9 English

William Shakespeare, the brilliant playwright, is introduced through the CBSE board for class 9 students in a thoughtful and easy manner. An excerpt from William Shakespeare’s famous comedy play “As You Like It” titled Seven Ages is discussed. The verses in the form of a monologue portray the experiences and phases of human beings under confining and challenging conditions. In the play “As You Like It,” the character Jacques gives out an impassioned monologue. The monologue begins with a powerful metaphor. A metaphor is a phrase which is used by poets to indirectly make comparisons to communicate in a vivid manner. What would you compare the world to, the human beings who are born, live and die and life stages? Let us reflect on this and read the opening lines of the famous monologue of the play “As You Like … Continue reading

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World Renowned * William Shakespeare * 400 years afterwards

William Shakespeare is still remembered 400 years after he passed away on April 23, 1616. In fact, William Shakespeare is still regarded as one of the most world-renowned and brilliant playwrights and poets. Shakespeare was born in Statford-Upon-Avon in Warwickshire in England in 1564. His father was an aldernman (a member of a municipal assembly) and a glovemaker. His mother came from a wealthy landlord’s family. William went to one of the government-run neighborhood schools during the so-called Elizabethan era. William Shakespeare was very observant of the human beings he came across and met. William also studied literature in school and afterwards and had a very good knowledge of previous literature. Famous plays that he wrote include Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He wrote a total of about 38 plays and 154 sonnets. His plays include … Continue reading

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Earth Day * What is Earth Day? * Why Earth Day?

Earth Day is commemorated on April 22nd worldwide every year. What, another day for even commemorating our dear Earth? Yes, the Earth, just like so many human beings, flora and fauna has been ravaged by sinister conditioning forces. Earth Day is commemorated to move towards a more humanitarian, eco-friendlier and sustainable future. A future where human beings can breathe easy, live a truly joyful and wholesome life and move about with greater freedom. Between the 1960s and 1970s in USA and across the globe, “flower children,” also known as hippies, raised their voices and rebelled against confining policies. Idealistic people, especially in their 20s, including college and university students met in San Fransico in 1967 to question the status quo. The international meeting was known as the Summer of Love with political discussions, music, focus on gender equality and also … Continue reading

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Earth Day * Renewable Energy

Earth Day is commemorated on April 22nd.  We live on Earth.  We are grown-ups and children of Earth.  So, why is a day reserved to commemorate our dear Earth?  This is because human beings trapped in callousness, superficiality and greedy habits tend to not realize that the Earth is our home. We need to save, protect and revere our Earth.  Earth Day is celebrated to help human beings move towards a healthier, eco-friendlier and sustainable future. Transportation helps human beings to freely move about and connects them to dear loved ones, relatives and friends.  Many automobiles, buses, trucks and other transport vehicles at present are powered through fossil fuels.  Fossil fuels were formed over millions of years which is amazing.  However, fossil fuels are non-renewable sources of energy and diminishing.  Also, fossil fuels add to the rise in carbon dioxide … Continue reading

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