Make teaching Shakespeare relevant with connections to nonfiction texts! Students complete close readings of two texts: an excerpt from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The New York Times online article (link provided), “Modern Love- Breaking our Parents’ Rules for Love.” Using the play excerpt makes Shakespeare manageable and engaging for many of your students.
Students begin by writing a journal about dating and parental approval. A handout with before, during, and post-reading strategies provides scaffolding for their reading, and the lesson culminates with a writing activity assignment. Students select these activities from a menu of activities which fit various learning styles and interests.
Not only does this lesson connect real-world topics to make learning relevant for your students, but it also meets expectations of the Common Core Curriculum by employing nonfiction text. Additionally, this lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
The 19 page product file includes the following:
-explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards
-contextual reading handout
-excerpt text from A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
-writing activities menu
-peer response handout
-key providing detailed responses
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Are you interested in digital resources to use with Google Drive or Microsoft One Drive? These may be useful for your paperless classroom:
Digital Writing Task Resource Road & Harlem
Digital Writing Task Resource Ain't I a Woman? and Phenomenal Woman