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Map the most important events and turning points from The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. After a group discussion from the previous lesson plan's homework assignment, kids create a timeline to chart the important events from the novel with passages that represent each event. They then write about the structure of the novel, including multiple narrators and integrated stories, and decide if the format is effective. They finish reading the novel for homework and think about the forces that motivate each character.
Supernatural Shakespeare and Macbeth
"A drum, a drum! Macbeth doth come." The withered and wild witches of Shakespeare’s Scottish play launch an examination of the fantastical elements in Act I, scene iii, paying particular attention to the action, imagery, characterization, and language. Class members compare beliefs about witchcraft in Elizabethan times with contemporary ideas about how the supernatural influences behavior, and then apply what they have learned to other scenes in the play. The richly detailed packet includes discussion questions, activities, and links to videos and other materials. This might be the be-all and the end-all of Shakespeare resources.
"Exploring Shakespeare" An Introduction of Character and "Hamlet"
Students examine the literary terms "round character" and "characterization" through the play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare. They view and discuss examples of clip art, video, and comic strips, and describe the character traits. Students then watch the video "Exploring Shakespeare" and describe character changes in a series of comic strips.
The Tempest Study Questions & Essay Topics
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about Shakespeare's The Tempest. Students may check some of their answers online.
Experience how a story can drastically change when the point of view is altered. Young scholars first read a review of Disney's film Tarzan, focusing on how the point of view in the classic story is important. They then select another popular children's story and rewrite it from the perspective of a character whose voice was not heard in the story's original form. From the New York Times' superb Learning Network series.
Shakespeare & The Renaissance: Activity Ideas
Looking for ways to implement the words and works of William Shakespeare into your curriculum? This list of activity ideas is a great starting point, as it covers a wide range of grade levels and a wealth of online references to explore.
What's in a Name? Considering the Shakespeare Authorship Question
Did Shakespeare really write all that stuff? After viewing a trailer for the film, Anonymous and reading Stephen Marche’s article “Wouldn’t It Be Cool If Shakespeare Wasn’t Shakespeare?” class groups read articles about the Shakespeare authorship question to prepare for a roundtable discussion. After the discussion, learners search for contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare’s works and then craft one of their own.
Women’s Roles in As You Like It
“There is nothing that becommeth a maid better than soberness, silence, shamefastness, and chastity, both of body & mind.” This line, from Thomas Bentley ‘s The Monument of Matrons published in 1582, typifies the way women were viewed during the Elizabethan period. To begin an examination of women’s roles in Shakespeare’s plays, class members first consider a series of passages about women that were written during this time period. With these restrictions and expectations in mind, the class then focuses on how Rosalind is portrayed in As You Like It. The packet includes complete directions for numerous activities, discussion questions, and writing prompts.
A Tale of Two Cities: Fun Trivia Fun
See how carefully your pupils are doing their assigned reading. This challenging 15-question quiz on Charles Dickens' classic novel A Tale of Two Cities, tests the reader's ability to recall important information about the plot and characters of the story. As with all Fun Trivia quizzes, immediate feedback and scoring are available online.
Analyzing Plot Conflict
Students explore the connection between analyzing a character and the character plot conflict. In this plot conflict lesson students role play two characters in the story, The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Students also pretend to be a reporter and ask questions about conflict in the story. Students form groups and discuss their ideas.
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