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"Living Art Through the Lines: Reading Shakespeare Through the Eye of the Artist" (Day 2 of 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 …


Six Characters in Search of A Play Part 2: Tableau Revelations

Students will learn techniques for staging a scene, including the use of tableau, stance, stage movements, and voice. Students will develop an understanding of the character traits and motivations of the "Rude Mechanicals." Students will develop …


Spenser, Shakespeare, and the "Blazon":  Lesson 4 
Students will read and respond to a Shakespearean sonnet which is in the Petrarchan tradition but mocks its conventions. This lesson should begin to give them some ideas about why Shakespeare is revered more than other sonneteers.


Stop, Look and Listen: The Images Behind Shakespeare's Words (Day 3 of 3)

Students will:

  • Review Day 1 and Day 2 
  • Gather ideas based on analyzing …


The English Sonnet: Michael Drayton:  Lesson 3 
Students will examine a sonnet by one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, Michael Drayton,  indebted to Petrarch, emphasizing the distress and turmoil of love. Drayton's sonnet, and the sonnet of Spenser’s assigned for the next …


The Twelve Fates of Twelfth Night

After finishing 2.2 of Twelfth Night, students will discuss the theme of "fate" in the play and attempt to determine the …


Unlocking Soliloquies and Unleashing "the Dogs of War"
Students who are more than happy to discuss plot and dialogue are often intimidated by soliloquies. The following activity uses Mark Antony's moving soliloquy over Caesar's dead body as an example, but it also works wonderfully for other …


Whatever Happened to Shylock?

Students will work in groups to write and stage an unwritten scene from the play—a scene following Shylock after his disappearance from the courtroom in


When Shall We Three Meet Again?

Students, in ensembles of three, will take turns directing one another, in short takes, of the opening scene of the Scottish play.  The objective is to have the students experience an introduction to directing, to taking direction, and to …



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



Students will use online resources in order to examine patterns of imagery in King Lear. By comparing these patterns to those of …


The Full Bodied Romeo

This lesson will help students understand Romeo's confusion at the beginning of the play; students will also, through full body engagement, come to understand the text in a kinesthetic manner.


By giving a physical …


Lesson 12: Following the Blood


Students will understand Mark Antony's mastery of manipulation by looking at how he manages stage direction and tableau, audience, and props in the assassination scene. They will closely examine the role of blood in the scene by seeing it …


"O Time, thou must untangle this": Tangling up the Love in Twelfth Night
Part of teaching middle school and high school students is dealing with lovelorn, love obsessed, and lovesick teenagers. While reading Twelfth Night, students will discover that the characters in the play have as much trouble with love (and …


Pre-Reading Hamlet with "Hamlet: An Insider’s Guide"

Using the Insider's Guide video for Hamlet, students will work with famous quotes from the play in an active way to introduce them to the play’s language and issues; to engage with the play’s cultural …


"Double, double, toil and trouble": A Dual Exploration of Macbeth

Students should already be familar with Macbeth before undertaking this activity.

In this lesson, students will emulate a key practice of Renaissance theater: doubling. The goal of this lesson is for students to …


Great Speeches by William Shakespeare

The most recognized and accomplished English language writer, William Shakespeare’s themes, characters and speeches are quoted in literature, contemporary society and popular culture.  This unit will expose students to the plot …

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