This PowerPoint presentation invites and supports students in viewing, analysis, and evaluation of Shakespeare's comic romantic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night's Dream in relation to works of art inspired by it as well as the myths which inspired the Bard in composing the play. The PowerPoint totals 30 slides, complete with custom animations and transitions, additional artist/painting information, hyperlinks, and stunning graphics of the original artwork, culminating in a 2-part reflective inquiry activity:
a.) pair/share connections and comparison/contrast
b.) exit ticket independent writing of collaborative conversation and further connections between Shakespeare's text and the Greek myths which inspired the Bard (targeting the Common Core standards of media literacy, collaboration/problem-solving, communication, and reflective comparing/contrasting texts)
The PPT is a unique, intriguing method of implementing the Common Core Anchor standards for Reading, including "CCRA.R.9: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take," as well as the Common Core standard for Speaking and Listening focused on diverse media: "CCRA.SL.2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally."
The highlight throughout are oil and watercolor paintings which were inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, particularly from the era of Victorian Fairy painting -- most of which hailed from The Bard's English isle. Images include paintings from Noel Paton, J. M. W. Turner, Dulac, Hughes, Nash, Doyle, Rackham, Dadd, Alston, Simmons, Danby, and many more!
Also included is a set of images referencing the ancient Greek myths which inspired Shakespeare to write his landmark love quadrangle romp (eg. the myths of Hippolyta and Theseus, Orpheus and Eurydice, Procris and Cephalus, Hero and Leander, Pyramus and Thisbe, etc.). Here, you will revel in the artwork which both inspired Shakespeare and that which has been inspired by The Bard as you help students develop the Bloom's Taxonomy levels of application and evaluation in appreciating the artistry.
Consider coupling this with my "Complete Shakespeare/A Midsummer Night's Dream Unit" (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Complete-ShakespeareA-Midsummer-Nights-Dream-Unit-Engaging-Common-Core-Plans-464585) full, detailed, Common Core-driven and engaging unit plan -- also available at a low rate as a digital download in my store. Thank you for visiting! Enjoy, and I look forward to your feedback!