Shylock on Trial
Kind of Activity:
Students will present and defend an argument based on a close reading of the text
Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4
Act IV centered around a trial. Have the students enact a "mock trial" where they attempt to answer one of The Merchant of Venice's most pertinent questions: Is Shylock a victim or a villain?
Have one student act as Shylock and another as the arbitrator (the Duke). Other students can be cast as "witnesses," Antonio, Tubal, Jessica, and Launcelot would be good characters to have as...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 776 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 5305 literature essays, 1596 sample college application essays, 204 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.