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"Seeing things with parted eye."

Students will..

  • Reread a familiar section of Julius Caesar
  • Consider the text from the perspective of the speaker and the perspective of the characters on …

 

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Twins and Duplicity in The Comedy of Errors

 Duplicity in its earliest definition means doubleness, but today can mean acting in two ways. Although it often connotes deceitfulness, for this discussion it helps to look at it without judgement. It can be the difference between someone …


 

"To be or not to be" -- Appreciating the Language and Interpreting the Meaning of Hamlet's Soliloquy


This lesson introduces students to Hamlet's soliloquy, "To be or not to be" in which he questions himself and his need to act in avenging his father's death.  They will be encouraged to listen to the language and the sound and rhythm of the …


 

“Close Reading” of a Sonnet: Lesson 7 

Showing one line at a time of a sonnet, or any poem, demonstrates the way it accumulates meaning and prevents students from leaping ahead to the couplet to identify the “message” of the sonnet. Going slowly, students can focus on …


 

Can't Buy Me Love?

One of the reasons The Merchant of Venice  is so interesting—and so troublesome—is that characters in Venice cannot define human values such as justice, mercy, and love in anything other than economic terms. …


 

"Importing the Argument": Dis-Covering Hamlet’s Soliloquies


In this lesson, students will work actively and collaboratively on Hamlet’s major soliloquies to experience how they represent Hamlet discovering who he is and what he wants, what he questions, and what he concludes in real …


 

"On the Outside, Looking In": Introducing the Outsider theme in The Merchant of Venice

Students will:

  • Have the opportunity to "stage" a brief scenario as a silent scene
  • Safely experience an understanding of what it feels like to be an outsider
  • Work collaboratively in a low stakes (silent) …

 

Shakespeare's Sisters & Modern Sonnets:  Lesson 10 
The Shakespearean sonnet continues to influence writers today. Over five centuries, women writers and men writing about women have extended and transformed the sonnet to allow their voices to be heard. Students will understand that many different …

 

UNIT: She's a Lady...Or is She? Examining dress and behavior in As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice


In this unit, students will analyze the dress and behavior of Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Rosalind in As You Like It. Students will read a primary source to understand the expectations of women in the sixteenth century and …

 

Knock, Knock, or Whose Line is it anyway?

In life, people are asked to think quickly and without preparation on a daily basis. Improvisational acting can help students prepare for situations where they are called upon to "think fast". The exercises in this lesson allow students to …


 

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Students design and create photo albums that tell the story of the play. This involves some extra work, resources, and lots of class time, but the end result is worth it!

 

This lesson will take two to three class …


 

Enter Players: Constructing Character Connections in Hamlet

Because the names of Shakespeare's characters are unfamiliar to many students, and because students may be unfamiliar with reading and performing drama, this can lead to problems that interfere with comprehension.  By allowing students to …


 

Lesson 15: "Tear him for his bad verses:" Cinna the poet and Shakespeare's Sonnets. 


The "Cinna the Poet" scene captures the mob mentality of the Roman citizens who tear Cinna to pieces because one of the conspirators was also named Cinna. The mob does not care that this Cinna is a poet and not a conspirator: someone cries, "Tear …


 

Wordles, Wordles, Wordles: Pre-Reading for Hamlet Using Key Words

For many students, Shakespeare's language can be intimidating.  For English Language Learners (ELLs) this can be especially true. In an effort to make the language more approachable before reading, and allow students to make some predictions …


 

What is Hamlet thinking?

Act 2 reveals the complexity of Hamlet's character and the dilemma in which he finds himself. This three-part lesson utilizes a sequenced list of lines from important and descriptive passages that will help ELL/ESL students approach and explore …


 

"Such Affection Move": Finding Staging Clues in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Middle school students are often hesitant to perform Shakespeare. They tend towards two extremes: either they don't move at all, or they use overly-theatrical gestures that have little connection to the text.

 

This lesson …


 

“Such Friends Are Thine Enemies": Dangerous Language in Othello


In this lesson, students will focus on Iago's soliloquies, in which he speaks directly to the audience, to explore how he uses language to win - and potentially lose - the sympathy of the audience. This lesson can be used during your study of the …

 

A Guilty Gertrude: Performing Speaking and Silent Moments in Hamlet

In this lesson, students will examine Gertrude's behavior, lines and thoughts in a scene that is normally analyzed for what it reveals about Ophelia's madness. Students will have to synthesize what they know about Gertrude to perform her …


 

AA "They Smack of Honor Both"
The objective of this lesson is for students to critique Shakespeare's text in terms of plot, themes, and character motivation and development through comparative analysis with Holinshed's 1577 book, The Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and …

 

Complexity of character in The Merchant of Venice

The goal of this assigment is for students to explore ambiguity by discovering  the intricacy present in many of the characters in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Students will:

  • Perform a speech of a chosen …
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