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King Lear's Storm
Act 3, Scene 2 is a pivotal moment in King Lear and one that can really get students involved with the play. The text of …

 

Lesson 08: Prithee, Pause!

Students will examine primary source materials on history and the supernatural which relate to Julius Caesar. By acting out the scene based on different historical understandings, they will identify facts, theories and similarities …


 

"Who's there?": Acting in the Dark

In modern theater, electric lighting allows a variety of lighting conditions which can be used for dramatic effect. In Shakespeare's time, outdoor theaters such as the Globe used natural light, and indoor theatres such as the Blackfriars used …


 

www.Merchant of Venice

Students will use online resources in order to examine patterns of imagery in The Merchant of Venice. By comparing these patterns to those of other Shakespeare plays, the students will draw conclusions about the different reasons …


 

Famous Death Lines

In this pre-reading activity, students are introduced to the drama and language of Shakespeare by delivering the famous last words of his characters.

 

This lesson will take one class period.  



 

"I Will Hear That Play": Using Sound to Enhance the Text

In Shakespeare's culture, people went to hear plays. Our culture is increasingly concerned with visual media—we go to see movies, plays, and concerts. Our fast-paced world is filled with quickly changing images and often we do …


 

Illuminating Language in Love's Labor's Lost

The students will watch a short film clip that uses music, images, and sound effects to illuminate a portion of Biron’s speech about love in order to attend to a close reading of the text. They will use this information to …


 

Catching the Beat: Exploring the Function of Verse in Othello

In this lesson, students will examine the meter Shakespeare uses in the dialogue between Emilia and Desdemona. They will learn how to recognize changes in meter and then use their knowledge of these changes to explore each character's thought …


 

Pantomime Pre-reading for Hamlet


This pantomime activity, like all pre-reading activities, is designed to familiarize students with a text, activate prior knowledge, and create initial interest in a text. For this activity, small groups of students have to pantomime (that is, …


 

And We All Sit Down: Status in King Lear

Determining status is an important way for students to understand the relationship between characters. This lesson plan uses two simple status games to allow students to explore the relationships between Lear, his three daughters, and his …


 

UNIT: Crafting a Character - The Making of Shylock

This unit on the character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice offers a variety of opportunities to reflect on potrayals of the character—within the text, in performance, and through visual depiction. The activities in this unit …


 

Shakespeare Wall

This activity is designed to enable students to see a Shakespeare play both as a whole and as a series of scenes. It will get students who won't read or perform out of their seats, and it gets the play out of the …


 

Message in a Bottle

After reading the first four acts of The Tempest, students will choose one of the shipwrecked characters on the island and write a rescue message from the point of view of that character. The purpose of this activity is to allow students …


 

Bad Bard/Good Bard: Coming to Character through Preconceptions of Shakespearean Acting

Many students have varying preconceptions on what Shakespearean acting entails, likely a result of having seen a few to none of his plays. This lesson will look at character through “bad” and “good” Shakespearean acting in …


 

Hark! The Sounds of Murder

In 2.2, the scene in which Duncan is murdered, Shakespeare chooses to have it reported by Macbeth... not represented on stage. …


 

Lesson 21: Betrayal or Honest Mistake?

Julius Caesar hinges largely on the theme of betrayal. Students must wrestle with the questions that Brutus himself considers: Does loyalty come first to a friend, a superior, a nation, or the self? Is betrayal justified if it is …


 

"Living Art Through the Lines: Reading Shakespeare Through the Eye of the Artist"

Day 2 of 2/3


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 …

 

MTV Othello

Songs are often overlooked in Shakespeare's plays; this lack of attention will be addressed by having students dramatize Desdemona's "Willow Song." Creating a choral reading, singing and performing the song, or staging a music video helps …


 

Nursery rhyme Shakespeare?

Most children are exposed to Nursery Rhymes and may be surprised to find out that Shakespeare uses the same meter in many of his plays. This meter is called tetrameter and consists of a verse line which has four …


 

Questions of Kingship in King Lear

This lesson takes an interdisciplinary, research-based approach to understanding King Lear in its cultural context. Students will use the Internet to access historical primary source materials on King James I of England and the title page …

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