This packet is designed for teaching Julius Caesar in the new Common Core mode, where students analyze small chunks of complex text.
I have included the two most significant speeches from this act - Brutus and Marc Antony's funeral speeches. Each speech is set up with Shakespeare's original text placed next to a modern version of the text, enhancing student's comprehension of Shakespeare's version. I have also added inference-based questions next to each speech to check student comprehension.
Prior to reading these speeches, I had already introduced the rhetorical devices of parallelism, rhetorical question and repetition. Using highlighters, my students searched for and highlighted examples of these rhetorical devices in both characters' speeches.
Another bonus of giving the students these speeches as handouts is that it gives them the freedom to annotate on the sides of the paper, again, enhancing student comprehension and teaching valuable note-taking skills.
I have also attached a writing frame for Brutus's speech, which asks students to not only analyze the meaning of the speech, but also requires them to provide text-based evidence for their claims.
Finally, I attached a powerpoint file which details the expectations of a project I had my students do on these two speeches, which was sort of the culmination of the unit. Using their annotated and highlighted speeches, the kids created a powerpoint presentation in which they gave a direct characterization of both Brutus and Antony. In addition, the students had to provide examples of rhetorical devices used in the speeches as well as their meanings. Finally, each student had to represent in the powerpoint which speaker he/she thought was most effective and why.