Do you want a fun way to integrate STEM in your Shakespeare unit? In this assignment, students write a letter to Shakespeare describing a STEM innovation.
This document includes directions, a graphic organizer, and a rubric for a descriptive essay in the form of a letter. This was designed for 8th graders in a STEM school, beginning a unit on Shakespeare, but I have also used it in 7th and 9th grade classrooms in non-STEM schools.
For example, one of my students wrote that a text message is “like a letter written in invisible ink, on invisible paper, delivered instantly by an invisible horse and rider.”
I also give students extra credit for illustrations.
**Before this assignment, students should be familiar with the basics of Shakespeare’s time period. This can be achieved by showing any number of short videos introducing the era.**
After you preview the assignment, have students brainstorm three important points about three different objects. For example, explaining a text message would require an explanation of how it’s written, how it’s delivered, and speed.
Students should staple the whole page to their final essay. This will give you an easy way to grade their paper and assure that they have at least glanced at the expectations. The second page includes a rubric with blank values that you can fill in to meet the needs of your grading scale.
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