Day 1

Merchant of Venice Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Poetry and Prose in Shakespeare

    Kind of Activity:

    Classwide Discussion

    Objective:

    Students will gain an understanding of the ways that Shakespeare uses verse and prose in his writing.

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.5

    Structure:

    Introduce the students to the structure of Shakespeare's language. Shakespeare's language generally falls into four categories:

    1.) unrhymed iambic pentameter

    2.) rhymed iambic pentameter

    3.) other poetry

    4.) prose

    Explain to students that the bulk of Shakespeare's writing is in unrhymed iambic pentameter. Give the students an example of...

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