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Editing as Close-Reading: Cutting and Performing Complex Texts

Students will perform a close reading of a scene from Shakespeare (or another complex text). Students will evaluate the more important elements of a scene including plot, tone, and movement. #CloseReading #CommonCore #Editing

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Famous Death Lines: Pre-reading on Your Feet

Students will be introduced to the drama and language of Shakespeare by delivering the famous last words of his characters. Students will infer character motivation from the text. #Differentiation #CommonCore

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Olivia, May I? Movement in Twelfth Night

Students will evaluate the dynamics of the scene using a basic movement game to figure out how Viola's words fail and succeed in wooing Olivia. #CommonCore

Movement in Twelfth Night.pdf


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The English Sonnet: Michael Drayton

Students will examine a sonnet by one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, Michael Drayton, indebted to Petrarch, emphasizing the distress and turmoil of love. This activity leads students to a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of Shakespeare’s innovation. #CommonCore #Sonnets

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Spenser, Shakespeare, and the Blazon

Students will read and respond to a Shakespearean sonnet which is in the Petrarchan tradition but mocks its conventions. This lesson should begin to give students some ideas about why Shakespeare is revered more than other sonneteers. #CommonCore #Sonnets

Spenser, Shakespeare, and the Blazon.pdf


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Pre-Reading Romeo and Juliet : Performing and Analyzing the Prologue

Students will perform the prologue to Romeo and Juliet as a pre-reading activity. Through movement and vocal work, students will work in groups to create a brief presentation of the prologue to clarify meaning, get to know the style and language of the text, and make inferences about the play's...

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Petrarch, Father of the Sonnet

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 conventions and undercut them, and how modern writers continue to...

Petrarch, Father of the Sonnet.pdf


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Sonnet 138: Choral Reading and Discussion

Students will chorally read Sonnet 138 and respond to discussion questions to clarify meaning, get to know the style and language of the sonnet, and make inferences about the sonnet's central ideas. #MiddleSchool #SpecialEducation #CommonCore #CloseReading #Poetry #HighSchool ...

Sonnet 138 - Choral Reading and Discussion.pdf


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Easing into Shakespeare with a Modern Sonnet

For students, modern sonnets can be a good introduction to both a classic form of the sonnet and to one of its most recurrent and popular themes, lost love. Examining a modern poet's techniques prepares students for reading sonnets by writers of the past. #CommonCore #Sonnets

Easing into Shakespeare with a Modern Sonnet.pdf


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Shakespeare's Sisters and Modern Sonnets

Students will understand that many different kinds of sonnets are being written today and will read sonnets addressing familiar themes in contemporary language. #Poetry #CommonCore #Sonnets

Shakespeare's Sisters and Modern Sonnets.pdf