Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream Pre-reading Quest


Welcome to our Elizabethan Life WebQuest!  In this WebQuest you will explore Elizabethan life and culture in its entirety: from arranged marriages at the age of fourteen, to the fiery, ritualistic festivals of Midsummer's Day, to the whimsical belief in faeries, and the intriguing interpretations of the natural world.  Get ready to travel back in time to the age of exploration!

Guiding questions:

Which aspect of the Elizabethan era do you find most interesting and why?

How does Elizabethan life compare to modern times?


With a partner, you will explore all of the links on Elizabethan life and note down things that you found most interesting about what you watched or read. When you are completely done exploring the links, you will present your findings with your partner in the next lesson. 


Step 1: Click here to find out about Elizabethan England 

Step 2: Click here to find out about William Shakespeare. The black & white image at the top of the page is a video, the play button is at the bottom right corner. 

Step 2 1/2: Click here to discover some fun facts about William Shakespeare.

Step 3: Click here to find out about Religion in the Elizabethan Era. (It's told from the perspective of an Elizabethan)

Step 4: Click here to find out about Weddings of the Elizabethan Era.

Step 5: Click here to find out about Love and Marriage.

Step 6: Click here to find out about Midsummer's Day (brief historical overview).

Step 7: Click here to learn about fairies during the Elizabethan Era.

Step 8: Midsummer Night's Dream is set in Athens, Greece.  One of the main characters in the play is Theseus, Duke of Athens. Click here to find out about Theseus.