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Seeking Shakespeare in Local Communities

Students will create a 20 minute documentary in order to determine the extent to which Shakespeare is alive (or not) in their own communities. The documentary will give students a sense of relevance, bringing Shakespeare out of their text book, …


Shakespeare By Choice

Today your students will take the scissors to Shakespeare, as they learn how and why to cut a scene. Through this activity and the following discussion, students will be better able to identify the more important elements of a scene. To do this …


UNIT: Using Music to Explore Shakespeare's Characters

Music provides a perfect vehicle to help draw students into Shakespeare's plays. In this unit, students will look at how music is used specifically within the plays to develop characters and themes and to advance …


"Money for Something:" Understanding Usury in The Merchant of Venice

This activity will introduce students to the concept of usury in The Merchant of Venice. By examining various credit card offers, students will learn how accepted it is to lend for gain today and how serious it is to be in …


"Rather cut a little"

Through a series of lessons, students will create podcasts of each Act of Measure for Measure. While engaged in a close reading of the text, students will cut away some of the language, working to retain the focus on actions and …


To Love, Honor and Obey (One's Parents!)

This lesson will encourage students to think about parent-child tensions regarding obedience and communication, in order to understand the conflicts in the opening scene of King Lear.


This lesson takes one to two …


Examining Redemption in King Lear

The legacy of Greek ideas of tragedy was still quite influential in the early modern era. Students will first learn how to identify a character's tragic flaw and see what bearing that flaw has on the action of the play and what the play communicates …


“Such Friends Are Thine Enemies": Dangerous Language in Othello

In this lesson, students will focus on Iago's soliloquies, in which he speaks directly to the audience, to explore how he uses language to win - and potentially lose - the sympathy of the audience. This lesson can be used during your study of the …


AA "They Smack of Honor Both"
The objective of this lesson is for students to critique Shakespeare's text in terms of plot, themes, and character motivation and development through comparative analysis with Holinshed's 1577 book, The Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and …


Acting in marriage-is it on stage or off?

Students will examine the consequences of different choices by an actor on the perception of the state of the marriage between Macbeth/Lady Macbeth  in Shakespeare's Macbeth and Brick /Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Using …


Complexity of character in The Merchant of Venice

The goal of this assigment is for students to explore ambiguity by discovering  the intricacy present in many of the characters in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Students will:

  • Perform a speech of a chosen …


"I crave the law"
Students will:
  • Explore the complexities of Shylock (offensive collection of anti-Semetic stereotypes/complicated man driven to revenge) through pre-reading activities
  • Examine the conflicts, language, and the concept of the …


It's All In The Way You Say It

Often, young readers have difficulty understanding Shakespeare's meaning or context. Through a close study of three basic ideas students need to know before beginning to read any play—denotation, connotation, and …


Mistaken Identities, Misrepresentations, and Changes of Mind in Twelfth Night, Lesson 2 of 3

In this second of three lessons, students will apply and differentiate the terms Mistaken Identities, Misrepresentations, and Changes of Mind in the play by way of a scavenger hunt. When they find deception in the …


"Seeing things with parted eye."

Students will..

  • Reread a familiar section of Julius Caesar
  • Consider the text from the perspective of the speaker and the perspective of the characters on …


"To be or not to be" -- Appreciating the Language and Interpreting the Meaning of Hamlet's Soliloquy

This lesson introduces students to Hamlet's soliloquy, "To be or not to be" in which he questions himself and his need to act in avenging his father's death.  They will be encouraged to listen to the language and the sound and rhythm of the …


Two Sides of the Same Coin: Twins and Duplicity in The Comedy of Errors

 Duplicity in its earliest definition means doubleness, but today can mean acting in two ways. Although it often connotes deceitfulness, for this discussion it helps to look at it without judgement. It can be the difference between someone …


“Close Reading” of a Sonnet: Lesson 7 

Showing one line at a time of a sonnet, or any poem, demonstrates the way it accumulates meaning and prevents students from leaping ahead to the couplet to identify the “message” of the sonnet. Going slowly, students can focus on …


Can't Buy Me Love?

One of the reasons The Merchant of Venice  is so interesting—and so troublesome—is that characters in Venice cannot define human values such as justice, mercy, and love in anything other than economic terms. …


Guess that Play

As middle schoolers develop their critical thinking skills, they often struggle with the concept of "the main idea." They can recite everything that has happened in a story, but they have trouble deciding which actions or events are the most …

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