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"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 …


"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 …


Enter Ophelia: Stage Directions, Promptbooks, and Film

The lesson offers students a chance to learn more about Ophelia’s mad scenes in Act Four of Hamlet by encouraging them to look at the scene as a script that has both fascinated and inspired actors and directors since the play was …


"For I Can Speak Against the Thing I Say"-An Antithesis Scavenger Hunt

Antithesis is a feature of Shakespeare's writing where a word, image, thought, or phrase is balanced by an opposite word, image, thought, or phrase. Students will examine Shakespeare's use of antithesis in his verse and prose in order to discover …


"You should not have believed me": Multiple Readings of Hamlet

One of the most engaging discussions to have about the play Hamlet concerns the sanity of Hamlet and Ophelia: Is Hamlet truly mad or just feigning madness? Does Ophelia commit suicide or drown by accident? This lesson introduces students …


Lesson 23

"Good Words are Better than Bad Strokes"

Working in groups as either Antony's or Brutus' campaign teams, students will determine how they wish to represent their own and their opponent's camps visually and with audio. Using


Parenting 101

Students will examine Romeo and Juliet in the context of three excerpts from The Office of Christian Parents: Shewing How Children Are To Be Gouerned throughout All Ages and Times of Their Life. These excerpts deal with instructions …


Illuminating Macbeth

Students will perform a close reading of a soliloquy or monologue and construct an illuminated text using Photostory that demonstrates …


Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's Tortured Sonnets

Today, students will read four of Shakespeare's sonnets that can be read from either Macbeth's or Lady Macbeth's point of view. Students will analyze the sonnets and determine whose point of view is being expressed and support their decision with …


The Trial of Iago: "To you. . . remains the censure of this hellish villian"

Students will analyze text and utilize outside resources to determine Iago's fate, which is not addressed by Shakespeare in the play. They will then present their findings in an organized "trial" scenario. Since students will be researching …


Mixing it up with Romeo and Juliet

Having students create a soundtrack for the play, by picking one song to represent each scene, can help them make personal connections to the plot as well as get them motivated to more fully understand the …


"’Tis Something, Nothing": Motive Hunting With Iago
In this lesson, students will focus on Iago's motives in order to understand the cause of his villainy: allegorical evil or event-motivated revenge. Students will examine and perform a number of scenes in order to arrive at their conclusions through …


"The World's Asleep": But Not Your Classroom

Students will get an introduction to King Lear by manipulating some of his lines and analyzing them for signs of the character's …


Plotting the Prologue: Romeo and Juliet

Students will explore performing the plot outline and prologue to Romeo and Juliet as a pre-reading activity. Through movement and vocal work, students will work in groups to create a brief presentation of the prologue to clarify meaning, get …


Conspiracy after the Storm: Editing Dual murder plots in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Students will edit 2.1 and 3.2 of The Tempest as if they were filming a documentary. The scenes deal primarily with the conspiracy plots on Prospero's island. Students will need to keep Shakespeare's language intact, as well as the sense …


"Now, unto thy bones, goodnight."

After reading 5.1.297, the teacher will lead a discussion about the meaning of "epitaph" and the ways in which we remember …


"Who is it that can tell me who I am?":

Performances of Lear's Speeches

The themes of love, transformation, redemption, and forgiveness are central to King Lear and to Lear's relationships with his daughters. Asking students to read, analyze, and perform two of Lear's speeches—one from the beginning of …

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