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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 …


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 


A Close Reading of Shakespeare On Your Feet

What happens when students read with their entire bodies working as hard as their minds? 


American …


Ariel, the (occasionally) tricksy spirit

Students will focus on the character of Ariel. Using both online research and close reading in small groups, the students will come to a better understanding of this tricksy spirit.


This lesson will take one to two …


King Lear's Storm
Act 3, Scene 2 is a pivotal moment in King Lear and one that can really get students involved with the play. The text of …


Lesson 08: Prithee, Pause!

Students will examine primary source materials on history and the supernatural which relate to Julius Caesar. By acting out the scene based on different historical understandings, they will identify facts, theories and similarities …


Famous Death Lines

In this pre-reading activity, students are introduced to the drama and language of Shakespeare by delivering the famous last words of his characters.


This lesson will take one class period.  


"Who's there?": Acting in the Dark

In modern theater, electric lighting allows a variety of lighting conditions which can be used for dramatic effect. In Shakespeare's time, outdoor theaters such as the Globe used natural light, and indoor theatres such as the Blackfriars used …


www.Merchant of Venice

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


Pantomime Pre-reading for Hamlet

This pantomime activity, like all pre-reading activities, is designed to familiarize students with a text, activate prior knowledge, and create initial interest in a text. For this activity, small groups of students have to pantomime (that is, …


"I Will Hear That Play": Using Sound to Enhance the Text

In Shakespeare's culture, people went to hear plays. Our culture is increasingly concerned with visual media—we go to see movies, plays, and concerts. Our fast-paced world is filled with quickly changing images and often we do …


Illuminating Language in Love's Labor's Lost

The students will watch a short film clip that uses music, images, and sound effects to illuminate a portion of Biron’s speech about love in order to attend to a close reading of the text. They will use this information to …


And We All Sit Down: Status in King Lear

Determining status is an important way for students to understand the relationship between characters. This lesson plan uses two simple status games to allow students to explore the relationships between Lear, his three daughters, and his …

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