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Is justice blind? Is love blind? Before beginning The Merchant of Venice, readers decide whether they agree or disagree with statements that encapsulate key elements of the tragic comedy. The class then predicts whether Shakespeare will agree or disagree with the statement. After reading the play, the class revisits the guide and compares their predictions with the events in the drama. “Fair thoughts and happy hours [will] attend on you” with this exercise which includes teacher's guide as well.
Venice, the birthplace of classical music and amazing composers. Discover a bit about life in Venice and the contributions of the composer, Vivaldi. Information regarding his life, his musical contributions, and a break down of his piece The Four Seasons are discussed. A list of musical terms is defined in the context of the presentation.
Students create a one-week itinerary for a family journey to Venice. In this Venice trip lesson, students navigate the Internet to find information on history, accommodations, points of interest, and history to choose where to visit in Venice. Students create a budget for their trip.
Young scholars explore the life of Marco Polo. They take a virtual trip with Marco Polo from Venice to China and back. Students trace the route and explore the geographic features of modern Iran. They participate in a post card activity to reinforce items discussed during the lesson plan.
Students read passages and study paintings to learn about the artist Giovanni Antonio Canal and his subject of Venice. In this art history lesson, students read about Canaletto and explore Venice through his paintings. Students then complete discuss questions for the paintings.
Ninth graders familiarize themselves with the English Renaissance period and recognize the symbolism in Act V of "The Merchant of Venice" and analyze how it relates to the Italian Renaissance Themes. They produce an extended response written reflection on Act V from "The Merchant of Venice" and describe how it relates to the themes of classical symbolism and celestial perfection in the Renaissance.