Tragedy Teacher Resources
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Analyzing Atmosphere: Macbeth Murder Scene and Dagger Speech
Shakespeare's Macbeth (Act II, Scenes I and II) lacks explicit details of the murder of King Duncan, yet the author creates an atmosphere that allows us to visualize the event. Readers interpret the "Dagger Speech" by writing stage...
10th - 12th English Language Arts
Ophelia, Gertrude, and Regicide - Hamlet II
In Part Two of a video course in Hamlet, narrator John Green looks at the gender dynamics in the play. He presents Ophelia and Gertrude as powerful characters and argues that these women do have options that affect the course of the...
11 mins 11th - 12th English Language Arts
Show Me a Hero, and I Will Write You a Tragedy - F. Scott Fitzgerald - Part 3
The third in a three-part series of exercises uses close-reading strategies to help readers develop their skills for comprehending complex text. Groups examine Eugene Robert Richee's photo portrait of Louise Brooks, considered the...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Hamlet and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Text and Film
Students research the social context of Elizabethan England for Shakespeare's "Hamlet". They identify cultural influences on the play focusing on the theme of revenge and then analyze and compare film interpretations of the play.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Patriarchy in King Lear and As I Lay Dying
King Lear, “Papa Doc” Duvalier, Colonel Walter E. Kurtz and Anse Bundren? Imagine a unit that examines the tragic hero and patriarchy in King Lear, As I Lay Dying and Apocalypse Now. To liven the brew, learners are asked to include in...
12th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Investigating the Swissair Flight 111 Tragedy
Middle schoolers read two articles about the same event: "Plane from J.F.K Crashes off Canada" from the New York Times and "No Survivors from Crash of Swissair Jetliner Off Nova Scotia" from the Associated Press. They then compare the...
6th - 12th English Language Arts
Standards Focus: Tragedy and the Tragic Hero, Julius Caesar
In this tragedy and tragic hero worksheet, students explore what it means to be a protagonist and an antagonist in the play "Julius Caesar" as they use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the characters of Julius Caesar, Brutus,...
7th - 10th English Language Arts
The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra Theme of Love
For this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 4 short answer and essay questions based on themes in The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra. Students may also complete their choice of 3 reading activities suggested.
9th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra Theme of Choices
For this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 2 short answer and essay questions based on the theme of choices in The Tragedy of Anthony and Cleopatra. Students may also complete their choice of 2 reading activities...
11th - Higher Ed English Language Arts