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Lesson 13: How to Move the Crowd: The Persuasive, Powerful Rhetoric of Mark Antony

This lesson will allow students an opportunity to do a close reading of the speeches of Brutus and Mark Antony in 3.2. They will …


Insider/Outsider:The Power of Language

Students will:

  • Examine the insider/outsider dynamic in the play, specifically focusing on language
  • Conduct a close reading of specific scenes, noting the langauage and actions that determine the insider/outsider …


"Blame not this haste of mine": Creating a scene for Twelfth Night

Shakespeare doesn't show the audience the conversation between Olivia and Sebastian after Act 4.1. However, the dialogue in


"I am not well": Unspoken Endings and Unscripted scenes

Many of Shakespeare’s plays offer tantalizing tidbits of information that allude to scenes, moments, and responses that are not included within the specific text of the play. For example, in


Like, Wow

The theme and motif of reality versus perception gallops—no, stampedes—through Hamlet. Nearly every character in the play has a problem figuring out what they know and how they know it. They cannot discern whether the things …


"Words, words, words"

The students will discuss words that represent the "big ideas" in Othello and that recur throughout the play. They will be assigned words to track throughout the text, recording which character says the word and in what context. (See …


Lesson 07: Editing the Conspiracy: Julius Caesar 2.1.94-252

With multiple characters to follow, students can easily lose track of the many details in this passage. Today, students will use close reading skills to edit this piece of text in various ways, requiring them to identify the most significant …


Where Do They Stand?: Perspectives on Othello's Marriage

Act one, scene three is a good time for students to think critically about Othello because it places most of the major characters on the stage together for the first time. The threads of exposition initiated in


Emulating Shakespeare: To Snooze or Not To Snooze
Many artists study their craft by imitating the masters. In this lesson, students reproduce the pattern of one of Shakespeare's soliloquies, but use their own ideas and words to replace the character's. This "emulation" is not a paraphrase or …


"Picturing Shakespeare: Creating Illuminated Texts"

Students will analyze a Shakespearean sonnet of their choice by creating an "illuminated text" using Photostory or Garageband if using a …


"My ___ is nothing like ___"

Sonnet 130 and Building a Poem

This lesson explores Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130.


Students will recognize the way that Shakespeare uses contrast to …


"Shall I compare...?" Sonnet 18

In today's lesson, students will explore Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"


Students will create an original poem loosely based on the sonnet. Each will choose two things to compare and …


The Good and the Badde: Are Stereotypes a Perfect Fit?

Students will examine stereotypes of women from The Good and the Badde (a 17th century primary source) in juxtaposition with the female characters in The Taming of the Shrew. Through this exercise, students will locate evidence from …


Performing Time, Status, and Genre in Romeo and Juliet

Having students perform in class doesn't need to take a lot of class time. These short scripts give students a chance to get on their feet quickly and act out cut scenes to illuminate issues of time, status and genre in Romeo and …


Lesson 02: Pre-reading, Day Two

Students will perform a two-line play using lines from the first act of Julius Caesar, introducing the students to the language and some of the issues of the play. As an optional extension, they can look at descriptions …


Romeo and Juliet...Unfinished Business?

How do we know when our students are aware of the thoughts and motivations of the characters they read about? In this lesson, students will use their knowledge and analysis of the characters to produce a "cross-fire" show where characters …


Lesson 18: Cracking Cassius

Students' familiarity with the importance of friendship will give them a lens with which to examine the argument between Cassius and Brutus. By


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 …


Macbeth: What's Up with the Crime Scene?

Usually when you tell students that they will be reading Shakespeare, you hear, "I don't understand what he is sayin'." or "I don't understand what is going on!" This lesson will introduce students to Macbeth by having them act out the …


Sonnet Illumination

Students will create presentations of digital sonnet illuminations along with sonnet research.  Students will be seeing images, colors, hearing sounds of their own choice that will illuminate Shakespeare through a connection with the …

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