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Twelfth Night-The Musical!
This activity allows students to reinterpret Act 2 of Twelfth Night as a musical, using contemporary songs. Students will discover the meaning of the text and the relationships between the characters.

This lesson will take 2 …


Dogberry: The Most Vigitant Lawman Ever

Dogberry and his companions provide gregarious humor in Much Ado About Nothing. By turning the watch into bumbling fools, Shakespeare pokes fun at the law.


The goal of this lesson is to help students interpret …


Lesson 10: True and Honorable Wives?

Today's lesson gives students an opportunity to examine the way Julius Caesar presents and handles issues of gender. Students will respond to and write about these issues in the play with their own, creative voices. The result will …


"We few, we happy few": Motivational Speech in Henry V

Students will examine King Henry's "Saint Crispin's Day" speech as a piece of motivational literature. This examination will not only provide insight into the character of Henry; it will also provide students with the opportunity to discover what …


Fear and Loathing in Othello

Today students will look at The History and Description of Africa by Leo Africanus, a primary source that existed at the time Shakespeare wrote Othello. This text, which includes a description of African people, was translated into …


The Secret life of Minor Characters
Students performing the major roles in a Shakespeare scene have lines to speak and business to do and are usually more content, even with more lines to memorize, than the silent or minor participants in a scene. Students playing soldiers, lords, and …


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 …


Sonnet Performances: Shakespeare’s Sonnets as Scripts: Lesson 9 

Breaking a sonnet down into parts for different speakers and presenting it dramatically can help students to listen carefully to the language and hear different “voices” in the poem. In this lesson, small groups of 3-5 students work …


Figurative Language Alive: Balcony Scene Charades

This lesson plan is intended for a middle school group that will learn how Shakespeare uses figurative language and abstract comparison in the famous balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. To this end, students will play figurative language …


The Bullying of Malvolio

This lesson explores Malvolio's behavior and treatment by having students first reflect on their own experiences with bullying. Teachers are reminded to stress that bullying is unacceptable behavior.



"I am not what I am"

This lesson asks students to explore their own curses and epithets, and uses the emotions generated to launch an introductory discussion of the language in Othello.


This activity can be completed in one class …


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 …


M.C. Bard: Hip Hop and Shakespeare

Shakespeare's works and today’s hip hop songs use a variety of literary devices to explore universal themes. Both art forms use the language of their times and are meant to be enjoyed in performance.


In …


"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 …


What does a sonnet mean?

Students will read one of shakespeare's sonnets and discuss what it is about. The objective is for the students to engage with the text by visualizing it.


17th Century Pick-up Lines: "Your words like musick please me"
Even in the 17th century, people used lines to get dates and inspire love. Students will examine a chapter from a mid-17th century handbook, The Mysteries of Love & Eloquence, Or the Arts of Wooing and Complementing, which offers to "young …


Lesson 05: Persuasive Speech in Julius Caesar

Students will examine the different tactics of persuasion they use in their own lives and see how those tactics are used in the language of Julius Caesar. Through improvisation, analysis, discussion, reading, and writing, they will help …


Lesson 03: "...The Eye Sees Not Itself:" Reading Images

Today, students will learn about framing, a visual device used by directors to subtly lead the viewer to conclusions about the characters on the screen. Students will create a storyboard (sketched representation) that uses framing to …


"Look here upon th's picture": Annotating Images

Students are bombarded with images every day: on TV, on billboards, in magazines, on the internet etc. Rarely, however, do they have a chance to look, -really look- at images as texts. This lesson gives them such an …


Lesson 22: As constant as the Northern Star: Examining Static and Dynamic Characters in Julius Caesar.

Students will work in collaborative groups to examine changes a single character undergoes during the course of the play. In addition to identifying the ways in which they believe their character has changed (or not changed), students will stage …

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