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Julius Caesar Unit Plan, Shakespeare, FIVE WEEKS of High-Interest Lessons, CCSS

Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
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60 pages PDF, 73 slides (uneditable)
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Laura Randazzo


Looking for a fresh approach to pull your students into The Tragedy of Julius Caesar? William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of political intrigue will thrill your students when you use this MASSIVE bundle of high-interest lessons. This package includes FIVE WEEKS OF COMPLETE LESSON MATERIALS designed to challenge and entertain students in grades nine through twelve.

This HUGE bundle includes:

• A day-by-day calendar to follow with helpful details and nightly homework assignments (read this file first when you open the zipped bundle)

• Opening lecture that includes a quickwrite topic, historical background, main character profiles, and modern connections to pull your students into the play (Prezi, PDF, and Google Slides options included)

• Julius Caesar scene-by-scene short answer question set (printable PDF & Google Drive version)

• Life in Elizabethan England team speech assignment, with list of 18 topics and grading rubric

• Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Prezi lecture with optional/extra-credit hands-on Globe construction “craftivity” (Prezi, PDF, and Google Slides options included)

• Power of Tone presentation with fun, interactive elements that will allow for 27 different students to have an opportunity to briefly entertain the class as they learn about language

• Close reading handouts and detailed answer keys for speeches in Act 1 Scene 2, Act 2 Scene1, and both Brutus’ and Antony’s speeches in Act 3 Scene 2.

• What’s in a Name? compare/contrast activity to use after Act 1 Scene 2

• Make It Rain scene-setting activity

• Shakespearean Slam Contest where students insult and/or compliment each other using the Bard’s own words – this one’s noisy and fun!

• Character Cell Phone activity (printable PDF & Google Drive version)

• Julius Caesar Act 2 Character Map featuring a graphic organizer to help students chart the complicated relationships/histories of 15 different characters (printable PDF & Google Drive version)

• Police Report form to complete after Caesar’s assassination in Act 3 Scene 1 (printable PDF & Google Drive version)

• American Brutus activity where students will use a high-quality non-fiction article/activity to link the assassinations of Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln

• Full-day lesson showing how Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs used the same rhetorical tools as Marc Antony

• Flyswatter Review Game

• 50-question Julius Caesar unit exam (matching, true/false, quote identification)

• End-of-unit persuasive essay prompts

All materials come with answer keys. This bundle includes a total of 60 pages and 73 slides.

Note: Some of these items (the opening lecture, scene-by-scene study guide handouts, Globe Theatre materials, Close Readings, Slam Contest, Character Cell Phone, Police Report, Act 2 Character Map, and American Brutus activities) are sold separately at my store. No need to purchase these items separately if you grab this budget-priced bundle. The remaining items are not sold separately and can be purchased only as part of this bundle. Also, there is a little overlap in products featured here and in my Romeo & Juliet bundle. Feel free to contact me at laurarandazzo@yahoo.com to help you decide the most budget-minded way to purchase materials from multiple unit plans.

Interested in more information about individual products? Click HERE to view my full catalog of Julius Caesar products.

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Total Pages
60 pages PDF, 73 slides (uneditable)
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.


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