Reading Shakespeare: Understanding Shakespeare’s Language

Pupils participate in a drama circle to read aloud Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. They work with partners to discuss Shakespeare's use of language and analyze how specific lines of dialogue within the play help propel the action forward. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have partners write imaginary scenes from the play and act them out in front of the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Serves as the ninth consecutive lesson from the 18-part Grade 8 ELA Module 2B, Unit 1 series
  • In advance, copy the Tips for Reading Shakespeare bookmark on card stock and cut into strips
Pros
  • Offers suggestions for lesson differentiation
  • Includes teaching notes to guide instruction
Cons
  • None
Common Core