Lucy T says:

I am currently studying an English topic where our focus on literature comes from the time period in which it was written and what the major events and ideas were in that specific time period. I don't specifically remember discussing this in detail in school and so I was wondering what place this knowledge has when delving into texts. I believe its important but am unsure how you could incorporate this into your studies of literature and to what level it would be useful to our students!

Also I found this clip hilarious and thought it might be a great way to introduce the development of English (albeit mainly British English relevancy!)
It would be a great hook for kids, especially since English can seem stale and boring!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3r9bOkYW9s&feature=player_embedded