Collaborative Activities for Merchant of Venice: How would you like a quick and easy way to guide your students through effective group discussions, one that keeps them focused and on task? These collaboration placemats do just that! Use these 8.5 x 14" placemats to organize student group discussions about the play. Just print off one per group and your students will have clear instructions to guide their work together.
There are placemats for discussions on:
--Character development for the major and minor characters
--Comparing and contrasting Shylock & Antonio, Portia & Jessica, Prince Arragon & Morroco
--Discussions about different characters' roles in developing the themes of the play.
--Discussions about thematic development.
--Discussions about significant passages.
Students will follow the numbered steps on each placemat. Each one asks them to begin with some private reflection, brainstorming or writing. Next, they will share with a partner or the whole group. After that, the instructions vary, depending on the task. Regardless, students will think, write, speak and listen as they work together to do the task. After, you can finish with a full class discussion or with a short writing assignment for each student. I use these as a skill building activity, rather than for assessment, but you can choose to use them as a first step for a formal assignment.
NOTE: these placemats are in colour but copy perfectly fine in grey scale.
I have other placemats that can be used with Macbeth,
as well as ones that can be use with any text. They focus on characterization, thematic development, non-fiction, poetry and author purpose. You can check those out here
If you're looking for other critical thinking activities, you might like to check out:
Critical Thinking Activities for Any Text
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