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“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 …


 

Bloody Business

Students will focus on word frequencies in Macbeth to understand how Shakespeare uses a word or particular group of words in each play that form a web through which he invites his audiences to associate various meanings. Students will …


 

"Divinity of hell!": Soliloquies, Cutting and Computers

Students struggle with soliloquies—the language is poetically rich and dense, and they often complain, "Why can't Shakespeare just get to the point?" This lesson sets students loose on the language and gives them permission to cut …


 

Examining redemption in Fences and King Lear

Students will investigate and perform the final scenes of King Lear and Fences to analyze how the authors use the tragic characters’ demises to convey a certain view of the world. Students will use performance …


 

Exploring Rhythm in Richard III

Students will examine meter and experiment with pauses in the dialogue between Lady Anne and Richard in 1.2, in order to analyze how rhythm affects meaning and tone. This lesson will take approximately 50 minutes.



 

"For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings"

After hearing sonnets read, students will pick one to which they have a strong reaction-favorable or unfavorable. They will choose one which contains words/phrases that strike them emotionally, visually and can be represented by images. Visual …


 

I want to believe: Astrologers and Sceptics in King Lear

How much did an Elizabethan audience want to believe in destiny?  To what degree was astrology an accepted science, and how was it used in everyday life? It is tempting to consider Shakespeare’s audience a gullible lot, not exposed to …


 

Interviewing the Players

Having students act out scenes or portions of scenes is a powerful tool in persuading them to look closely at Shakespeare's words. The following lesson plan begins with this assumption, but then moves on to ensure that students both understand …


 

Lesson 17: In Search of Caesar's Ghost

 

 


Students will travel back in time today and become compositors at the local printing house that is about to publish Shakespeare's First Folio collection after his death. While working on the layout for


 

Lesson 20: Direct the Ghost of Caesar

Students will read the famous scene where the Ghost of Caesar appears to Brutus in his tent. The purpose of the lesson is to have the students visualize the scene on stage and think about different aspects of staging and performing it through the …


 

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.



 

Multiple Texts, Multiple Editions

King Lear exists in two distinct versions, a quarto edition from 1608 and the First Folio of 1623. Here, students will compare Lear's last speech in the two texts, evaluate the two different versions, and edit the speech …


 

"Not her Fool, but her corrupter of words"-- a Twelfth Night Festival

Students will edit and perform selected scenes from Twelfth Night in order to analyze Feste, the Fool. Students will give two performances: they will perform the scenes once in their entirety, after which the class will …


 

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 …


 

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 …


 

"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 …


 

"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 …

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