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Fun Shakespeare Lesson Plans
Mr. Endcareer picked Tuesday to observe my class. "A good day for teaching characterization with Hamlet characterization lessons," I thought. Three minutes into class--23 students had fallen asleep. My teaching characterization lessons weren't going well. Eight minutes later--the 14 remaining students dozed off. Twelve minutes later--Mr. Endcareer fell asleep.
It was time to come up with some fun Shakespeare lesson plans for teaching characterization.
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Mr. Corncob two classrooms over might notice your students are having fun and tell the principal. You should, therefore, have clear lesson objectives.
- Students will analyze character motivation.
- Students will interpret character actions.
- Students will use textual evidence to support their opinions.
- Students will infer meaning from literature.
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Students will conduct an interview asking four basic questions while pointing to an imaginary television:
- In this scene it looks as though you're very angry, what is going on here?
- In this scene it looks as though you're very sad, what is going on here?
- In this scene it looks as though you're very afraid, what is going on here?
- In this scene it looks as though you're very happy, what is going on here?
Conduct a sample interview with the class. Remind students of the following:
- Each character believes he or she is right. Answer accordingly.
- Students must understand what motivates each character.
- You may wish to prepare students by reviewing characters.
- Model an interview for the class. Be sure to pick an "entertaining" student to interview.
- Put students in pairs.
- Instruct students to list 3-5 characteristics for the character they are going to portray. Cite specific examples from the play.
- Instruct them to conduct an interview to a Romeo and Juliet character using the above questions.
- Ask for volunteers to demonstrate their interview in front of the class.
- Don't grade the interview unless you provide a clear and specific rubric. This activity is more suited as a review.
- Assessment can be done on students' ability to use evidence for analysis.
Teaching Characterization: Fun Shakespeare Lesson Plans
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