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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 …


Investigating Othello: Peeling Away Layers of Meaning

When reading Othello, students will naturally be drawn to the issue of race because our society still grapples with this issue today. But to focus just on race will keep readers from exploring the other issues in the play which, along with …


Antony vs. Brutus

Whenever my students arrive at longer speeches in Shakespeare, one or two intrepid actors inevitably take over the reading while the remainder of the class sits in silence, reading along passively. Therefore, it is the goal of this lesson plan to …


"Thou hast set me on the rack": A Dramatic Reading of Iago's Most Poisonous Lines
Because students often forget about the circumstances that make Othello particularly vulnerable to Iago by the end of the play, it's important to reexamine Iago's insidious influence before students begin reading Act 5. This dramatic reading …



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


Playing Humanity: Comparing Shylock and Antonio

This lesson introduces students to the range of motivations and traits that make both Shylock and Antonio complex human beings with their own virtues and vices. Through close reading and performance of the conflict between the two in


When Fair is Foul: Paradox and Equivocation in Macbeth

In this lesson students will examine the role of paradox and equivocation in the Scottish play. The goal is for students to gain a greater appreciation of how Shakespeare— and his characters— manipulates words to give them multiple, …


Get Thee to Wife!

After reading Shakespeare's plays, students may wonder if all Elizabethan fathers were patriarchal dictators. In this lesson, students read and analyze sections from Charles Gibbon's 1591 A Work Worth the Reading to discover that the issue …

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