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Featured Teaching Modules

You’ll find new lesson plans published here each month. For additional plans, please visit our Lesson Plan Archive to search our database by play or topic.

Insider/Outsider:The Power of Language

Students will:

  • Examine the insider/outsider dynamic in the play, specifically focusing on language
  • Conduct a close reading of specific scenes, noting the langauage and actions that determine the insider/outsider …

"Living Art Through the Lines: Reading Shakespeare Through the Eye of the Artist" (Day 1)

Students will:

  • Explore the basic elements of art and principles of design
  • Use visual clues in art to analyze visual clues in performance
  • Interpret visual clues in a selection of fine art that correlate to …

"Living Art Through the Lines: Reading Shakespeare Through the Eye of the Artist" (Day 2 of 3)

Students will:

  • Use the aesthetic valuing skills they learned in Day 1 to analyze both Othello and Desdemona in 5 fine art visuals of Othello, 5.2
  • Use the knowledge (reading and analyzing an image) to …

Move It, Shakespeare!

We often carry on dialogues with each other while doing unrelated things. So why "do" Shakespeare by just standing and talking. This lesson encourages students to more natural speech, movement, and staging through reading Shakespeare dialogues …

Power Lines: Tracing power in relationships throughout The Merchant of Venice

Students will:

  • Examine how power is used in relationships
  • Examine the connections between power and money
  • Enact situations similar to those in the play

This lesson will take 2 x 40 minute …

Shakespeare the Player: Illustrating Elizabethan Theatre through A Midsummer Night's Dream

In this activity, you and your students will explore Elizabethan stage practices as the rustic yet enthusiastic amateur actors from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. While it's not necessary to teach Shakespeare's biography …

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