Nonfiction Article - A Shakespearean Mystery - Shakespeare Unit Activity

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This discussion activity is inspired by a nonfiction article called “Dr. Julie Brown and the Mystery of the Indian Boy.” This biographical feature describes how an American community college professor made a big discovery about Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Use this text to ignite student discussion about the continued impact of Shakespeare and the importance of inquiry. You can use this article with any Shakespeare play. (optimized for grades 9-10)

**I am SUPER EXCITED to share this with y'all. Dr. Julie Brown is my neighbor, and I first heard this story at a lecture she gave. She asked herself why Titania's changeling boy was always depicted as being from India. Her professor said it didn't matter, but Dr. Brown kept asking and kept digging. The truth she uncovered changes how we perceive A Midsummer Night's Dream and the rest of Shakespeare's plays forever.**

What You Get:

1. "Dr. Julie Brown and the Mystery of the Indian Boy," a biographical feature

2. Suggested lesson plan for discussion

3. Comprehension questions

4. Text-to-Self questions

5. Text-to-World questions

6. Editable question bank

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Your resource is a .zip file. The readings and worksheets are in .pdf form and not editable. The questions are editable as a .doc file. This resource also contains a digital version via Google Slides. Please let me know if you have any questions! You can always email me at :)

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7 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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