The Week's Plan
Day One: Read the student's A Midsummer Night's Dream. If you have been following the costume suggestions, and you have access to them, wear a pair of fairy wings, or a crown in order to help set the mood. Once you have read the play to the students, discuss the themes, plot, and characters of the story.
Day Two: Have students make fairies. Use pipe cleaners for the body and outline of the wings, and then glue tissue paper to pipe cleaner that has been twisted in the shapes for wings. They can either create fairies out of the story or they can make their own fairies up.
Day Three: Have children present fairies to the rest of the class. If the children made up their own, then have each child tell a brief story to the class about the character they created.
Day Four: Use this day to talk more about the themes of the story. Discuss the importance of being true to oneself. Also talk about the theme of love. There are many kinds of love - love for parents, love for children, love for friends, romantic love, etc. If you have the children do homework, then have them write about the different kinds of love they experience in their lives.
Day Five: Take a final day to wrap up the study of Shakespeare in your classroom and to review the plays your class has studied during the unit (you can also watch an online video - see references below). Answer any questions.