This is a Common Core alligned unit guide for William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," there are also lessons included and materials. This unit is paced for 26 class periods consisting of 45 minutes each.
In this unit, scholars will read and analyze William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Through their study of this play, scholars will analyze the development of the complex plot, characters, and multiple central ideas. Scholars will analyze how Shakespeare unfolds the comedy and tells a story of love, lust, and transformation. Scholars will examine the themes of love, gender, and control. Scholars will analyze Shakespeare’s craft and how he uses the structure of the text and elements of classical comedy, mythology, and a play-within-a-play to create a magical landscape where love, both real and supernatural, affect mortal and immortal alike.
During this unit, scholars will develop their skills to quote accurately from a text to explain what is being said explicitly, draw text-supported inferences, determine theme, analyze symbolism and mood, summarize, and compare and contrast characters, settings, or events of a text. They will also examine how part of a text fits into the overall structure of the whole text and contributes to the development of the theme. Finally, they will analyze how an author develops the point of view of a narrator or other characters in the text. (CCLS R.1-6)