Teacher Guide

Merchant of Venice Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

While the anti-Semitism presented in this play is out-dated enough that it is unlikely to cause significant discomfort for Jewish students, keep an eye on students' emotional reactions nevertheless and proceed carefully as needed.

The thought questions in this lesson plan provide material and ideas that students can use to write short original essays and to develop their powers of analysis. The questions provided for the final paper are most suitable for student essays. For the sake of improving their written expression, of expression, teachers should encourage students to write on topics that have been discussed in class, this time in the more formal writing style expected in a literary...

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