Writing About Literature Shakespeare and Plutarch

This Writing About Literature Shakespeare and Plutarch assessment also includes:

The Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay acknowledges a writer's excellence in adapting material found in another source. What do your class members know about adapted resources? Find out with an assessment that asks readers to compare excerpts from Plutarch's Life of Caesar with how Shakespeare uses these excerpts from Plutarch as source materials for Act III in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource as part of a study of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
  • Designed as an assessment, the materials could also be used as a group project to prepare class members for exams of this type
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes participants have previously studied rhetorical devices
  • Writers do not need to have studied Shakespeare's play to successfully complete the assessment, but they are more likely to be engaged if they have
Pros

  • The 57-page resource includes a teacher's guide, lesson plans, discussion questions, a rubric, graphic organizers, worksheets, and the reading passages from Plutarch and from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Cons

  • None