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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 …

 

Juliet vs. Laura:  Lesson 6 

Romeo and Juliet contains three sonnets: the Prologue, the shared sonnet at the ball scene in 1.5, and one at the start of Act 2. The first and third of these are essentially narratives. The second, which is shared by Romeo and Juliet, …


 

"Let all of his complexion choose me so": Elizabethan Perceptions of Africans

This play will give students a glimpse into the early modern period’s negative perceptions and stereotypes of human beings of African descent. Students will use information from a primary source to interpret these elements in …


 

Merely Players: Examining Authentic/Inauthentic Voices in monologues.

Day 1 of 3


Students will:

  • Explain the terms "authentic voice" and "inauthentic voice"
  • Connect these terms to their own lives
  • Examine multi-media depictions of super-heroes to discover how/what these characters …

 

Move It, Shakespeare!


We often carry on dialogues with each other while doing unrelated things. So why "do" Shakespeare by just standing and talking. This lesson encourages students to more natural speech, movement, and staging through reading Shakespeare dialogues …


 

Much Ado About Illumination


This lesson will help students engage with Shakespeare's language in several ways. First, they will gain a stronger understanding of Benedick's character in relation to events in the play as well as changes in Claudio. Students will also …


 

"Olivia, May I....?" Using movement to analyze Cesario's suit in Twelfth Night.

A key plot twist occurs at the end of Act 1, Scene 5, when Olivia falls in love with Viola, disguised as Cesario. In this …


 

Paparazzi Shakespeare: Ophelia’s Madness Revealed!


This is a multi-part lesson that has students study Opehlia’s mad scene (Act 4, Scene 5) through a variety of lenses: performance, social media, and writing.

 

Your class will …


 

Pause - What did you say?

In Shakespeare's iambic pentameter, when two characters share a line, the characters say the lines quickly without a pause in the speech. However, the rhythm and meter of iambic pentameter may not be carried through the characters' lines. When …


 

Petrarch, Father of the Sonnet:  Lesson 2 

This lesson offers an introduction to Petrarch (1304-1374) and the influence he had on sonnet writing in the 16th and 17th centuries and beyond. It provides a context for understanding how Shakespeare made use of both  “Petrarchan …


 

Screwing Courage in Macbeth

 

This lesson is designed to engage students with the text and examine the motivations behind the behavior of characters as they seek to accomplish their goals. The lesson begins with some basic acting exercises designed …


 

Shakespeare Sound Out: Building Atmosphere 

Based on the language and environment created with words in song and rhyme, students will determine the type of mood that is being set within scenes from Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Students will …


 

"Showing the Picture": Character and Passage Illuminations in Twelfth Night

 

By creating an illumination of the text, students will come to a greater understanding of a character or a speech from


 

Text Map: the Structure of Shakespearean Drama

Many middle and even high school students in American classrooms, for a variety of reasons, are unfamiliar with the basic structure of dramatic literature. Familiarity with the structure of a particular text will increase comprehension …


 

"To Show Virtue Her Own Feature," Insider's Guide to Hamlet: Ophelia’s Madness


The class will break into five groups of equal numbers to create a photographic "Illustrated Ophelia" series, similar to the tradition of editions of the Complete Works, primarily in the 19th. c., where drawings were used to …


 

Twelfth Night: What's so funny?

This activity tries to focus students' attention on the comic elements of Twelfth Night by drawing parallels to examples of humor in popular culture. After brainstorming and analyzing modern examples of humor, they use their results to …


 

When...Then...So... Sonnet 29

In this lesson, students will explore Shakespeare's Sonnet 29. Students will also create an original poem, loosely based on the sonnet covered, using a "when" / "then" / "so" structure in order to describe a change in emotional …


 

Lesson 14: Vox Populi: Brutus's Speech and the Response of the Plebeians

 


This exercise will teach students to identify two rhetorical strategies (ethos and audience appeals) and to analyze their effects in Brutus's speech in


 

Star-Crossed Scramble

Students will explore the idea of star-crossed lovers and create their own unique combinations of star-crossed pairs to enhance their understanding of  Romeo and Juliet. This activity will allow students to better understand the …


 

Lesson 11:Cutting Antony's speeches: "I am meek and gentle with these butchers"


This lesson will allow students to identify Mark Antony's scheming brilliance which is couched in his three major speeches in the second half of

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