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Mistaken Identities, Misrepresentations, and Changes of Mind in Twelfth Night, Lesson 1 of 3

Students will come to understand and identify the terms, Mistaken Identities, Misrepresentations, and Changes of Mind as they exist in Twelfth Night.


Nothing to Lear but Lear Himself

In this introductory lesson, students will read a scene from King Lear and decide collaboratively how best to present it. In doing so, they will begin to understand the scenes and the play from multiple perspectives. This lesson is based …


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 …


Puzzling through the order of things in Twelfth Night
Unless your students are from another planet, at least a few of them will be wary of the Bard's serpentine language. It is not uncommon for students to be afraid of reading Shakespeare. This lesson takes a small section of the play and mixes it …


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 …


Some Have Greatness Thrust Upon Them: Found Monologues for Minor Characters

Too often, we get distracted by the protagonist of the play and ignore how the plot and the protagonist can be affected by the less central characters. This lesson helps students focus in on a minor character and really explore his/her voice and …


Speak (and Show) the Speech, I Pray You”—

Often times, the more students consider the physical performance elements of a Shakespearean text, the less they consider the literary and rhetorical devices contained within the text on the page. In many cases, students can identify these …


"Strike a Pose:" Music and Vogueing in The Winter's Tale

In this lesson, students will reduce Act 3 into lines, images and songs which will help them navigate the many moods of The Winter's Tale in this lynchpin act. The lesson culminates in a performance for the class. It works best after …


The Art of Poetry: The Lunatic, The Lover, and the Poet

This lesson plan asks students to reflect on their attitudes toward creative inspiration and poetry. They will compare these contemporary attitudes with those of George Puttenham, an author from Shakespeare's day who wrote The Arte of English …


The Bullies and The Bullied: The World of Othello
In this lesson, students will approach Shakespeare's Othello through the lens of bullying—a modern-day adolescent problem of which students may have first-hand experience. By drawing on their own understanding of bullying and on …


"Then Begins a Journey in my Head": Hamlet, Tourist of the Mind

In this lesson, students will discover, through performance, that each speech - whether in dialogue or in soliloquy - is, in itself, a psychical journey.


Characters speak to …


Trickery and Foolery in King Lear

One of the definitions of a fool is “one who is easily duped.” The most obvious manifestation of this definition fool in King Lear is Gloucester, but in a way, all of the characters are duped, one way or another. This lesson …


Twelfth Night: Thrusting Greatness Upon the Television 1 (Series of 4)

This series of 4 lessons gives students the opportunity to explore and interact with Shakespeare's text by creating skits. The four part series can be summarized as follows:

Day 1-students produce skits based on specific words as …


Twelfth Night: Thrusting Greatness Upon the Television 4 (Series of 4)

Having delved into the language, and experimented with utilizing the language in an alternative medium, students will now use their own skits to incorporate language from the play.

This session will take 15 minutes to review in class. …


UNIT: The Shipwrecked Woman in Shakespeare's Plays and Popular Film
The following unit makes for a useful gender and cultural studies approach to a Shakespeare play and to two popular contemporary films with strong women protagonists. In the three works studied in this unit, the protagonists are shipwrecked. What …


Getting the Company Ready: Preparing for a group performance

One dynamic and exciting way for students to experience Shakespeare is by working collaboratively to perform scenes. In this activity, students prepare for this type of group project by viewing a short video entitled, Directing Macbeth, …


Shakespeare's Sonnet 138:  Lesson 5 

This is a short lesson which can either start off Lesson 6, which usually takes 20-25 minutes, or, time permitting, be appended to Lesson 4.


Sonnet 138, accessible and witty, is usually a favorite with students …


Imagining Back Story: Creating an Artifact for an Extra-Extended Text

Students will choose a character from Measure for Measure and create a "back story" for that character. This will encourage students to read the text closely looking for clues regarding a specific character's history. Students …


Fathers and Sons in I Henry IV

I Henry IV,  explores the political power struggles of England during the early 1400s but, and perhaps more importantly, it also explores the struggle between father and son. 


Desperately worried about …


"No darkness but ignorance:" the Fools in Twelfth Night

Students will apply ancient definitions of the term "fool" to the characters in the play in order to discuss how all of the major characters make fools of themselves. They will then build on this discussion, connecting it to their own personal …

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