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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 …


Who's the Fool in King Lear

Often, the scene when Lear disowns Cordelia is interpreted as one in which Lear acts irrationally, the older daughters are insincere, and the youngest daughter shows her genuine love and devotion. Such a reading, while popular, may be a bit too …


www.Richard II

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


Getting the Company Ready: Preparing for a group performance

One dynamic and exciting way for students to experience Shakespeare is by working collaboratively to perform scenes. In this activity, students prepare for this type of group project by viewing a short video entitled, Directing Macbeth, …


Shakespeare's Sonnet 138:  Lesson 5 

This is a short lesson which can either start off Lesson 6, which usually takes 20-25 minutes, or, time permitting, be appended to Lesson 4.


Sonnet 138, accessible and witty, is usually a favorite with students …


Imagining Back Story: Creating an Artifact for an Extra-Extended Text

Students will choose a character from Measure for Measure and create a "back story" for that character. This will encourage students to read the text closely looking for clues regarding a specific character's history. Students …


Fathers and Sons in I Henry IV

I Henry IV,  explores the political power struggles of England during the early 1400s but, and perhaps more importantly, it also explores the struggle between father and son. 


Desperately worried about …


"No darkness but ignorance:" the Fools in Twelfth Night

Students will apply ancient definitions of the term "fool" to the characters in the play in order to discuss how all of the major characters make fools of themselves. They will then build on this discussion, connecting it to their own personal …


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 …


"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 …


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 …


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 …


"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 …


"Living Art Through the Lines: Reading Shakespeare Through the Eye of the Artist"

Day 1 of 2/3

Students will:

  • Explore the basic elements of art and principles of design
  • Use visual clues in art to analyze visual clues in performance
  • Interpret visual clues in a selection of fine art that correlate to …


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 …
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