Do you believe omens should be taken seriously?
This lesson is designed for students to close read a Shakespearean text, analyze the play for its rhetorical choices and persuasive appeals, and write with greater depth about the author’s use of rhetorical strategies, choice of details and appeals. After viewing and comparing several versions of Julius Caesar, students will analyze a passage from William Shakespeare’s tragedy and discuss the method he uses to reveal the character’s intentions as well as study the play and apply critical literary theory lenses to their analysis. A Socratic Seminar completes the study. A link to the 2002 B AP English Language exam, rubric, student samples, and essay commentary is provided.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. This unit is perfect for Language Arts class and writing courses. Common Core standards, Essential and Key Questions, and links to many multimedia links included.
Key words: Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, literary theory, Marxist Criticism, Feminist Criticism, New Historicism/Cultural Studies Criticism, Psychoanalytic Criticism, AP English Literature, AP English Language, Gifted, comparison, film study, Socratic Seminar