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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 …


A Casket, A Casket

In today’s lesson, students will explore the theme of “All that glisters is not gold.” 2.7.65.  Students will understand the reasoning that motivates Portia’s three suitors (The …


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 …


"Touching this vision": Imagery in Hamlet

Many students have trouble identifying central images, symbols, and themes in Shakespeare's plays without a teacher directly pointing them out. This assignment allows students to work independently and identify literary elements and techniques in …


Exploring Archetypes in Shakespeare

1 Henry IV is one of Shakespeare's histories that explores the political struggle for power in England during the 1400s.The characters in Shakespeare's histories, like most fiction, can be based on actual events and the people who shaped …


Lesson 01: Pre-reading for Julius Caesar

Students will examine some of the issues of friendship and leadership that they will encounter in reading Julius Caesar. …


Shakespeare Storyboard: Pre-Reading the Play

In this lesson students will explore and understand the plot outline of one of Shakespeare’s plays using tableaux and making a storyboard. By exploring actions of the characters in dynamic points of the …


"What are these...?"

Shakespeare's witches, or, more accurately, Shakespeare's weird sisters are the source of much speculation and dramatic spectacle. Yet, for all the attention they get, there is still room for debate over exactly what they are and what type and …


"I Banish You": Using Visual and Auditory Imagery to Connect with speech

In this monologue, Coriolanus has just been banished from Rome and rebukes the citizens and politicians of the city. Students will read the monologue, discuss imagery and ideas contained in Coriolanus' speech, and watch an illumination video …


Mapping Shakespeare
Each student will focus closely on one character in the play and create a visual representation of that character's language, personality, motivation, and relationships. He or she will then use that visual piece as a jumping-off point for …


"Here's much to do with hate, but more with love": The Prologue in Romeo and Juliet

Part of the fun of teaching Romeo and Juliet is letting students see how the play is about much more than romantic love. In this lesson, students will work in pairs on a guided close reading of the prologue. Once students understand how …


Who is Gertrude, Really?
Students will form their own opinions about Gertrude by imaginatively creating entries for Gertrude's journal. Each journal entry will reveal much about Gertrude's character at pivotal moments in the play.


"Speak What We Feel, Not What We Ought to Say"

A playwright—by frequently limiting character description to dialogue—leaves a large portion of the process of interpreting the character to the actor and director. This vagueness can cause stress in students who prefer to "know the …


What's Your Sign?

In this lesson, students will analyze characters' personalities and relate them to the study of astrology in Shakespeare's time. This activity will increase the students’ understanding of early modern beliefs about astrology and, in …


"O how I faint when I of you do write:" Analyzing Shakespearean Sonnets Using "SOAPSTone" and Performance

Students will learn to use SOAPSTone—a strategy that helps students break down a text to understand its intended point of view and audience—in order to analyze Shakespeare's sonnets. Students will then physicalize their …


Tempest in the Lunchroom
Today students will be introduced to The Tempest. They will act out the opening shipwreck scene, or watch and direct others doing it. By doing this activity, students will use the text to understand the plot, see that what seemed daunting …


"This Was the Noblest Roman of Them All"

In this lesson, students will not only have a chance to create promptbooks for the final scene of the play, but also the opportunity to view the work of professional actors and directors and respond to that work. Students will focus on the …


Lesson 06: The Adder and the Ladder: Figurative Language as Persuasion in Julius Caesar

Students will read, speak, and analyze Brutus's soliloquy of 2.1.10-36, where he uses figurative language to associate ambition …

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