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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


“Chaos Is Come Again”:  Deception and the Breakdown of Language in Othello

In this lesson, students will explore Othello’s transformation from a confident, successful general to a jealous, murdering husband as a result of Iago’s …


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 …

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