The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 8

Notes and Lesson Plans

Shakespearean Drama
updated January 3, 2017


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Shakespeare
for Class 8

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MLB Pages - Shakespeare - my blog post with all of the photographs of Natalie's work in this block!


Main Text

We are using my treasured volume from college...


The Riverside Shakespeare


Natalie will be transitioning to the public high school for 9th grade next year, which I took into account when planning her Language blocks for 8th grade. They were Beowulf, Literary Criticism / Short Stories, and Shakespearean Drama. I used the Signet Classics lesson plans (very traditional) for Beowulf and I liked them so I looked to see what they had for Shakespeare. Quite a lot, actually, and they are easy to follow and FREE to download (pdf format). We are just doing Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing in this block... but here is the entire roster of what Signet has to offer:

TEACHER'S GUIDES FOR THE SIGNET CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE SERIES

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

Hamlet

Henry V

Julius Caesar

King Lear

Macbeth

Measure for Measure

A Midsummer Night s Dream

Much Ado About Nothing

Othello

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet

The Taming of the Shrew

The Tempest

Twelfth Night


Other Resources:


Romeo & Juliet

Pre-Reading Activities from Signet Guide

    #4 - Natalie had seen "Gnomeo & Juliet" but wasn't sure which parts of it were from the Shakespearean play and which parts were adapted

    #2 - Reminder of plot diagram graphic organizer from Short Stories block

    #1 - Synopsis

    #5 - Reminder of feud lasting generations in The Interlopers from Short Stories block

    #3 - Introduce main characters
    Main Lesson Book - two page spread (House of Capulet & House of Montague)

    Read Prologue


During Reading Activities

    Exit Tickets / Reader Response Questions free download from Teachers Pay Teachers

    record the chronological sequence of events - add to timeline each day

    keep a diary of one of the major characters of the play, recording in diary form what he/she is doing and how he/she is feeling


    Act I
    exit tickets 1 & 2

    Main Lesson Book - timeline of events in Act I

    How to Make Masquerade Masks activity

    perform / table read - Romeo first notices Juliet - Act I, Scene v

    Main Lesson Book - diary entry - Natalie chose Tybalt


    Act II
    exit tickets 3 & 4

    Main Lesson Book - timeline of events in Act II

    Main Lesson Book - diary entry


    Act III
    exit tickets 5 & 6

    Main Lesson Book - timeline of events in Act III

    Main Lesson Book - diary entry


    Act IV
    exit tickets 7 & 8

    Main Lesson Book - timeline of events in Act IV

    Main Lesson Book - diary entry


    Act V
    exit tickets 9 & 10

    Main Lesson Book - timeline of events in Act V

    Main Lesson Book - diary entry


Post-Reading Activities


Much Ado About Nothing

Pre-Reading Activities from Signet Guide


During Reading Activities

    Exit Tickets / Reader Response Questions free download from Teachers Pay Teachers

    record the chronological sequence of events - add to timeline each day

    journal writing activity and/or oral response questions daily


    Act I
    exit tickets 1 & 2

    Main Lesson Book - timeline of events in Act I

    Journal Writing activity #2 (modified: we did text to self, text to text, text to world)


    Act II
    exit tickets 3 & 4

    Main Lesson Book - timeline of events in Act II

    Journal Writing activity #6 (modified: Natalie wrote Beatrice's "letter" to Benedick and then tore it up into pieces. We then glued this on the front cover of her MLB as the artwork.)


    Act III
    exit tickets 5 & 6

    Main Lesson Book - timeline of events in Act III

    Main Lesson Book - journal writing activity #5
    (modified: Natalie chose the following quote from Act III, Scene iii)

      "We charge you, in the Prince's name, stand!"

      "Call up the right Master Constable. We have here recover'd the most dangerous piece of lechery that ever was known in the commonwealth."


    Act IV
    exit tickets 7 & 8

    Main Lesson Book - timeline of events in Act IV


    Act V
    exit tickets 9 & 10

    Main Lesson Book - timeline of events in Act V

    Lesson 28 "Dogberry Logic" (Act V, Scene i) from

    Reviving The Essay: How To Teach Structure Without Formula

    by Gretchen Bernabei


Post-Reading Activities

    #3 e - Kenneth Branaugh and Emma Thompson did a wonderful film adaptation


    Much Ado About Nothing

    I also really liked these ideas, but we ran out of time and were unable to do them all:
    #3 a
    #3 b
    #3 f
    #4 b (second part)
    #4 d
    #4 f



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