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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


"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 …


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 …


"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 …


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 …


"O Beware, Sir, of Jealousy:" Passion and Jealousy in Othello and the Sonnets

Students sometimes have a difficult time understanding the difference between Othello's jealousy and his passion. As a pre-reading activity, students will examine these ideas by creating tableaux ("living pictures") to examine the difference …


The Macbeth Tango

In an effort to understand the strong personalities of the two main characters, the students will examine how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth relate to each other in individual scenes and throughout the play. By taking elements of that relationship and …


“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 …


Lesson 09: Would the real Portia please stand up?

Students will explore the subtext of the two scenes in which Portia appears, to compare the language she uses with her husband Brutus in


Touchstone vs. Jaques:  Analyzing Mood in As You Like It

Students' ability to recognize ways Shakespeare creates and uses mood will augment their analysis of the text and help them in making performance choices.


This lesson will take two to three class periods.



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


"Things that do presage."

Using Julius Caesar 5.1.76-95, this lesson will explore suggestive language and the use of symbols and foreshadowing …

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