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

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.

46 CommentsOldest | Newest

Your dog will learn to eat in a few minutes instead of going back to the food bowl all day long. Click Here
Henry January 23, 2015 7:04 AM

There are many ways that you can incorporate fitness into your everyday life. The article below is filled with tips that you can use as a fitness starting point. Follow This Link
Henry January 23, 2015 6:59 AM

Comfort food cannot take away your stress, but it can work against you later when you feel guilty about Follow This Link overeating and gaining those pounds.
Henry January 23, 2015 6:57 AM

To help you lose weight, try to set up a diet that is as natural as possible Website.
Henry January 23, 2015 6:53 AM

Focus on grades first, and balance that with other activities. does pull your ex back work
Henry January 20, 2015 12:27 PM

Water refreshes and rids your body of harmful substances, and this process can help you attain luminous skin. what does the book boost your bust say
Henry January 20, 2015 4:15 AM

You must eat throughout the entire day in order to stay healthy. buy the renegade diet book
Henry January 19, 2015 7:07 AM

These types of people are also trying to keep fit and will help you commit to your fitness plan. how to take garcinia cambogia select
Henry January 16, 2015 8:35 AM

the job have been at their lowest obat batuk berdarah for 50 years. and thats according to the FBI if you can drop nbc as a font of info and facts! Killing policemen is a very rare thing in comparisons to the deaths of citizens at the hands of police
abrahams January 13, 2015 6:26 PM

Our sales center herbal medicine made from natural ingredients and has proven to be usefulness in solving various types of diseases. thanks Obat Herbal Kanker Kelenjar Getah Bening
rahmi January 13, 2015 3:19 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
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Get directions »

Federal Tax ID #04-2103542
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
Main: 202 544 4600
Box Office: 202 544 7077
Fax: 202 544 4623