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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 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


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 …


Performing Sonnets

Poetry can seem difficult on the page, but it comes alive in performance—think of the popularity of slams, freestyles, and "dis" sessions. By working on a Shakespearean sonnet in pairs by performing just one or two lines, and …


Reader's Theater, King Lear, and the Language of Gesture

Reader's Theater is a performance technique that can allow students to delve into a text in a different way from reading, staging, or viewing a scene. Its preplanned and choreographed movements, often stylized, can work on a symbolic as well as a …


Character Found Poems: Investigating Language in Twelfth Night

  The language that Shakespearean characters use is key to understanding their motivations, preoccupations, and desires. In this lesson, students will analyze and review the characters after reading Act 1 of Twelfth Night by creating a …


"Music Be the Food of Love": Found Poetry with Shakespeare and Hip Hop

In this lesson, students will create found poetry using lines from hip hop songs and Shakespeare’s works. This activity will help them to demystify Shakespeare's …


Tickling the Brain
Today students will improvise a few scenarios which relate to the plot of Much Ado About Nothing. They should have no previous knowledge of the play; they have not read any scenes or learned character names. This activity will force them to …


Survivor: Illyria
This lesson uses a game with a strong popular culture reference to introduce students to the characters in Twelfth Night. As students role play various characters, they see how various alliances form, especially along status lines. The …



Students will use online resources in order to examine patterns of imagery in A Midsummer Night's Dream. By comparing these patterns to those of other Shakespeare plays, the students will draw conclusions about the different reasons …


Welcome to Venice
Students will read the opening scene of The Merchant of Venice multiple times without any background information. They will be forced to rely on the text to form judgments about characters, which they will later evaluate as they study the …


"I am determined to prove a villain"
Richard III, Shakespeare, and the Creation of Villains

In preparation for an assessment in which students will place Richard's villainy in historical/cultural context, students will create a list of historical and fictional figures and identify the qualities and behaviors that make them villains. …


"Knock, knock"

Students will explore the use of sound as a special effect to enhance or radically change the meaning of a scene. They will provide a soundscape for Macbeth's porter scene, and conclude by listening to and watching two very different …


Prospero: Turkey or Tyrant?

Students will study characterization and the difference between subjective and objective point of view by creating tableaux to depict three interpretations of the story of Prospero's overthrow, each with a very different point of view. The lesson …


Shakespeare's Secret Weddings: Historical Context in Performance

This lesson builds on student knowledge/experience of modern romance to provide a historical context for the clandestine (secret) marriages in Shakespearean texts, and asks students to synthesize the modern and historical understanding for …


Fairy-Fair, Truth or Dare

In today's lesson, students will be immersed in the language and imagery of the fairy world explored in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Students will tackle the unfamiliar language of the central fairy characters (Puck, Oberon, and …


War and Remembrance: St.Crispin's Day speech from

Henry V

The subject of war always gives rise to interesting and heated discussions, whether we’re about to begin 

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