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A Close Reading of Shakespeare On Your Feet

What happens when students read with their entire bodies working as hard as their minds? 


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Ariel, the (occasionally) tricksy spirit

Students will focus on the character of Ariel. Using both online research and close reading in small groups, the students will come to a better understanding of this tricksy spirit.


This lesson will take one to two …


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 …


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.  


"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 …


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, …


"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 …


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 …


An Actor's View of Shakespeare

This lesson gives students the opportunity to look at characters from the point of view of a real actor. Students will investigate character motivation and how this impacts performance technique and delivery.


This …


And. . . Freeze!

Your students will be reading a short section of a scene very closely and developing tableaux as a start to the performance process. This method of jumping into the text was demonstrated by Calleen Sinnette-Jennings at the Folger's Teaching …


Hamlet and the Pirates

Students will get a glimpse of what Hamlet encountered in the off-stage pirate attack, using 17th century primary sources and 21st century internet resources to get some context for Hamlet's adventures.


This lesson will …


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 …

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