Director Phyllida Lloyd adapted William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, with an all-female cast at London’s Donmar Warehouse and Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on as well as a Charlie Rose interview with director and cast on the performance of Julius Caesar. Included in the material is a link to a New York Times article on the politics of the play.
The lesson features a link to a prompt on politics in literature in Question #3 of the 2009B AP English Literature and Composition examination. Students will work on crafting a persuasive thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis and the Socratic Seminar.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, politics, violence, theme