A Need for Sleep: A Close Reading of a Soliloquy from King Henry IV, Part II

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Gentle sleep eludes poor King Henry IV. Uneasy under the weight of his responsibilities, Henry contemplates the darkness of the night and in his soul. To develop their skill reading difficult text, class members engage in a close reading of King Henry's soliloquy from Act III, scene i of King Henry IV, Part II.  Groups examine how Shakespeare's syntax and diction choices develop the tone and meaning of King Henry's soliloquy. The carefully crafted resource packet, a must for your curriculum library, includes explicit instructions, links to all necessary materials, and assessments.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • The color-coding activity helps readers visualize how Shakespeare's word and imagery choices build the tone of the passage
  • The summative writing assessment is taken from the AP English Literature and Composition course materials and can be used as a practice exercise for the exam
Cons

  • None