44 page PDF for a month of Shakespeare ~ full unit plan! Standards-driven, exceptionally detailed, engaging and FUN daily plans to introduce Shakespeare, his time period, and writing with a thematic focus on "star-crossed" (fate/destiny) theme as you implement Shakespeare's cornerstone romantic tragedy in any 8th-high school English/Language Arts course/curriculum: this is a must-view! Everything is made clear and already done for you!
This unit plan moves students from the first (lower) levels of Bloom's Taxonomy of remembering and comprehending into the highest levels, through leading students with applying, analyzing, evaluating, AND synthesizing/creating from day 1 through the grand finale in various, new, and engaging ways. The unit will begin with a cooperative jigsaw learning team activity of research, documentation, and presentation for pre-reading and will culminate with a multi-genre summative assessment on the whole unit, along with a student reflection survey to help document learning as well as student impressions and feelings on Shakespeare and the unit.
With this unit, you'll not only have daily reading strategy activities, but you will also have original formative reading assessments on each of the five acts of the timeless classic, Romeo and Juliet. All unit activities/reading assessments ask for students' comprehension of the play PLUS the higher Bloom's Taxonomy levels and Common Core Standards of applying, analyzing, evaluating, and 21st Century skills: media and information literary, critical thinking, collaboration and communication (of various types!), problem-solving, creativity, and innovation!
With this colorful, highly graphic, Common Core-aligned day-by-day unit plan, you get:
a.) detailed lessons for 25-27 days (assuming a traditional hourly schedule, to be revised at your professional discretion).
b.) warm-up activities, including a pre-reading team research activity, various journal writings and graphic organizers to help students understand and synthesize knowledge of literary elements, from the three types of irony to character relationships and characterization to analyzing iambic pentameter, paraphrasing practice from the first couple acts to Shakespearean insults and much more!
c.) varying types of formative reading assessments for each of the four major Acts of Shakespeare's masterpiece, PLUS a multiple choice, true/false, short answer Act V and summative whole play assessment. Assessments are in True/False, Multiple Choice, and short answer format plus additional extra credit question options, and quote identification as well as paraphrasing throughout.
d.) consistently engaging activities calling on students' developing abilities with critical thinking, media and information literacy as well as communication, collaboration, and problem-solving with their peers, beginning with a set of thoughtful Focus Questions to set the stage for the reading of the play and to regularly return to and involve in cooperative learning activities throughout the unit.
e.) EVERYTHING as a printable! (eg. assessments, literary graphic organizer charts -- character relationships/characterization, irony, APOEMS -- figurative language, from alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia, exaggeration/hyperbole, to metaphor and simile), full text of two of Shakespeare's most beloved sonnets with analysis of the sonnet form, invitations for students to write original poetry and grammar practice all the way to the grand finale student favorite summative assessment activity of a multi-genre project, complete with genre ideas and specified directions with an Introduction, Table of Contents, and Works Cited for an all-class art gallery share. AND MUCH MORE!
f.) specifications on showing the 90s movie version of the play (with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes) -- OR the 1968 version or most recent 2013 version (depending on availability) to review and compare to the original 16th Century play, and to prep for the summative assessment activity (mentioned above in "c").
g.) Directions to help students develop their research, documentation, and MLA-formatting throughout the unit, from the first pre-reading research activity through to the multi-genre project.
h.) reading comprehension strategies + plot / theme analysis activities, character development, two of Shakespeare's most famous sonnets as reading analysis and grammar activities as well as invitations for students' own original poetry creation in blank verse, AND a language focus with Shakespeare's iambic pentameter (all from the beginning unit Focus Questions through reproducible, hands-on activities taking students to the culmination of reading and evaluation of the play).
i.) scene production / skit activity for individual students or small teams of students to first paraphrase a scene of their choosing (within parameters, as detailed in the activity), then to rehearse and act it out in a kinesthetic manner as if acting on The Globe stage!
Plus more -- all wrapped up in 44 pages of extremely polished, graphically detailed, engaging day-to-day instructions and printables to help you enjoy this fantastic cornerstone play AND Shakespeare with your students in an engaging, do-able manner!
I'd love to hear how you use this unit plan in your classroom, as well as any further feedback you wish to provide. I have used this unit plan with tremendous success with my classes in the recent past, both in an 8th grade classroom more recently, and in 9th/10th in the past several years. This is the tweaked-as close to-perfection version, listing learning targets / standards along with Bloom's Taxonomy level references on page 1!
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