Much Merchant: Shakespeare's Much Ado & Merchant of Venice DISTANCE LEARNING

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9th - 12th
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The unexpected crossover Much Merchant (Much Ado about Nothing AND Merchant of Venice) literature circle study provides richness to within-play and play-comparison discussions and an analytical understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's comedic genius, a sometimes under-explored avenue of study.

In this unit, which ultimately discusses some of the commonalities between the two plays, students first investigate their chosen play in literature circles through a guided analytical study, a sometimes under-explored avenue of study

Note: Line numbers refer to the Folger editions.

In this resource:

  • letter to the teacher
  • Analytical Discussion Guides for Close Reading by Act: In depth guided discussions for each play group and joint discussions across plays for every act; these guided discussions can be used as a teaching guide to either or both plays as well
  • The Character Scrapbook (individual or paired) guidelines
  • Character Scrapbook Rubric
  • Montage Production Culminating Performance directions: a creative, student-directed "Montage Production" of the play performed for the class including creation of a Prologue as well as a 32-second version (usually performed as slapstick) finale
  • Montage Production Rubric


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