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"Seven Ages of Man" Close Read Shakespeare's Poem, Extended Metaphor, CCSS

Laura Randazzo
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8th - 11th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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4-page PDF
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Laura Randazzo
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Use William Shakespeare’s famous “All the World’s a Stage” monologue from As You Like It as a stand-alone lesson on extended metaphor. This 45-minute lesson begins with a close reading of the poem on a handout designed with wide margins for students to record their mental interactions with the text. Then, project a copy of the poem on your white board and annotate Shakespeare’s words together with your class. I’ve included a completed annotation of the poem to serve as teacher prep materials, but you could also show it to your class after the group’s annotation exercise to see what a different person’s annotation might look like. Next, hand out the worksheet that includes seven depth-of-knowledge questions that will require students to dig back into the text and dig deep into their own minds. When students are finished, launch a full-class discussion as you work through the answers together. Finally, I’ve included two short video clip links of "Seven Ages of Man," both excellent, to use as you see fit.

Note: You do not need to teach As You Like It for this lesson to work with your class. This one-period lesson fits smoothly into any Shakespeare, poetry, or critical thinking unit and works equally well for middle school and high school students.

There are also specific lines in Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie and Shakespeare's Hamlet that work beautifully with the materials in this lesson.

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Image credit: John Taylor, National Portrait Gallery, WikiMedia Commons, PD-ART, Public domain

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4-page PDF
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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