Two tools to help students analyze and understand Brutus' famed soliloquy in his orchard as he contemplates whether to join the conspiracy against Caesar.
1 - a handout with the soliloquy for students to annotate (perhaps while you present the PowerPoint) and questions for students to answer
2 - a Powerpoint presentation that helps the instructor walk students through most of the major ideas in the soliloquy (with emphasis on Shakespeare's use of figurative language)
The two items can be used together or separately. The questions on the handout include interpretation questions to guide the students' reading as well as higher-level questions that require the student to think about the theme & tone of the passage. In addition, students are asked to relate the main idea of the passage to their own world.
The PowerPoint is a helpful instructional tool to guide students who are just beginning to learn text annotation. As you go through and discuss each slide, students can be adding notes and thoughts about the text to their copy of the soliloquy on the handout.
[No answer key is included. These tools are meant to generate organic discussion between the instructor and the students; no "right answer" key is relevant.]