This is a two part, Common Core-aligned literary analysis activity.
Students will first close read Egeus's monologue to the Duke, using teacher-provided annotation tasks, to analyze characterization and the impact of character relationships, word choice and connotation, tone, and conflict.
Then, students will apply their analysis and take on the role of director by adding instructions to the monologue that would guide the actor's movement, position, and tone.
Use one or both parts of this resource. In addition to giving this to students AFTER reading act I, consider having students complete this activity BEFORE reading act I, so they have a more solid understanding of the plot's direction.
This resource includes the following:
1) A brief lesson plan with several suggestions for classroom implementation
2) A close reading activity with guided annotation tasks
3) A stage direction creation "exit ticket" task to check for comprehensive understanding and analysis
4) An "answer key" with suggested and example responses.
If you enjoyed this activity, consider pairing it with my A Midsummer Night's Dream Act I Student Workbook!