Home
Shop  |  Calendar  |  Join  |  Buy Tickets  |  Hamnet  |  Site Rental  |  Press Room  
  
About UsWhat's OnUse the CollectionDiscover ShakespeareTeach & LearnFolger InstituteSupport Us
Teaching Resources
• Teaching Modules
Teaching Modules Archive

   Sign up for E-news!
   Printer Friendly

Lesson 02: Pre-reading, Day Two



Teachers' Rating:
  13 ratings


Edmund Tearle and company in Julius Caesar, Olympic Theatre. Color lithograph, 1892.

 
November 2006
 

Nina Williams, Kenwood High School, Chicago, Illinois.

 

Katherine Sanford, , student, Madeira School, McLean, Virginia.


 

Plays/Scenes Covered
This is a pre-reading activity for Julius Caesar.
 
What's On for Today and Why

Students will perform a two-line play using lines from the first act of Julius Caesar, introducing the students to the language and some of the issues of the play. As an optional extension, they can look at descriptions of Caesar and Brutus in the text, in order to begin to think about the roles of these two main characters.

 

This lesson will take one class period.


 
What You Need

Folger edition of Julius Caesar
Available in Folger print edition and Folger Digital Texts


Documents:
Julius Caesar character
Julius Caesar Lines
 
 
What To Do

1. The first handout below has a list of significant sentences from the first act of Julius Caesar. Distribute the handout to the students and give each of them a specific line from the handout. Or, to make the activity easier for students, give each student an index card with only one of the lines written on it.

 

2. Divide students into pairs. Ask each pair to devise a short skit in which their two lines are the only lines spoken. Students should choose a set of actions to make sense of these lines. Allow students to converse and experiment for about ten minutes.

 

3. Have each group perform their skits for the class. There should be a thunderous round of applause after each group performs.

 

4. After each group has performed, discuss the activity with the students. How did they feel delivering the lines? What did they think of Shakespeare's language? What do they think the play is about?

 

5. As an optional extension, distribute the second handout and ask students to complete it as a worksheet. Here, they will read different descriptions of the characters and begin to get a sense of who they are.


 
How Did It Go?
Did students get up on their feet and have fun creating their skits? Were they able to offer opinions about the language and inferences about the topic(s) of the play?
 


If you used this lesson, we would like to hear how it went and about any adaptations you made to suit the needs of YOUR students.

Login or register to post comments.

17 CommentsOldest | Newest

Learn about the available grants and scholarships that can help you finance your college costs. the complete tao attraction system
Henry November 27, 2014 9:35 AM

Have high science, we must not forget the source of all sources of Science. This is similar to our attitude towards our life choices. obat kutil kelamin manjur | haga obat kutil kelamin
infosehat November 14, 2014 11:20 PM

thanks for sharing festa princesas
Sheila October 13, 2014 6:26 PM

Cons: I've study 360 emails from InboxDollars. what is get cash for surveys
Henry October 11, 2014 8:50 AM

Dating the not-so-perfect ladies Some males would not want to date overweight girls, genuinely tall ladies, brief girls, lean or thin females, women with small education, where to get the tao of badass
Henry October 11, 2014 8:26 AM

Learn your class schedule and where the courses are held well before you actually start. text the romance back
Henry October 11, 2014 2:38 AM

Vinyl Floor Tiles
Traci October 6, 2014 8:26 AM

You can work past the fear and use the information you've learned here to ensure that you're never a victim of these nasty complications. reverse your diabetes today
Henry October 2, 2014 2:03 AM

There are a lot of ways to lose weight. If you learn what works for you, the results can be amazing. old school new body
Henry September 30, 2014 4:16 AM

I think that the emotion or feeling that emotion that you've got him truly comes ahead of you really pull your ex back.
Henry September 30, 2014 2:43 AM


View More
  Common Core State Standards

There are no standards associated with this Lesson Plan.
 
 
How To

Note to Mozilla Firefox Users:

If the PDF documents are freezing, please try the following fix:
Go to Tools. Under Options click the Applications icon. Under Content Type, find Adobe Acrobat Document. Select Use Adobe Reader. If the option already says Use Adobe Reader, try changing the option to Use Adobe Acrobat.





Bookmark and Share   
 
     Copyright & Policies   |   Sitemap   |   Contact Us   |   About This Site
RSS   
 
  Address:
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Get directions »

Federal Tax ID #04-2103542
    Hours:
PublicReading Room
10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday8:45am to 4:45pm, Monday through Friday
12pm to 5pm, Sunday9am to noon and 1pm to 4:30pm, Saturday
    Phone:
Main: 202 544 4600
Box Office: 202 544 7077
Fax: 202 544 4623