Looking for a powerful lesson to add visual art and challenging nonfiction to your unit on a Shakespeare play?
If your students are studying Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, MacBeth, Julius Caesar, or just about any other of Shakespeare’s plays, they’ll be discussing the theme of revenge. So it is essential that students have a context in which to read these stories.
This lesson will challenge your classes to examine a remarkable painting by a female artist of the 17th century as well as a short passage from a 17th-century essay on revenge.
When you teach with this resource you will:
• inspire your students with the story of a resilient and remarkable female artist who was largely ignored for hundreds of years
• incorporate multiple learning styles with cooperative group work, visual art, quick writes, and full-class discussions
• easily and quickly prepare this compelling lesson by using the handouts and links provided here
Resources included in this lesson:
“Judith and Holofernes” a painting by Artemisia Gentileschi
“Of Revenge” an essay by Francis Bacon
Your students will remember this innovative and eye-opening lesson for a long time.