The Reader’s Journal provides students with a framework to engage in a text so they can make meaning of it on their own, and then process that understanding through writing rather than relying on the teacher’s guidance or on typical study question packets. Write Rx © believes that active student engagement, coupled with the proper classroom support, creates a rigorous learning environment in which students are naturally well-prepared for the rigors of today’s various academic demands.
This unit has been designed for students in on-level and pre-AP classrooms in the 10th grade. Since classroom schedules and resources vary widely, this unit provides a timeline and teaching methodologies that can easily be modified to work with various teaching schedules and levels of students. Although the content standards specified for this unit pertain to grade 10, this unit can be used with grades 8 – 12.
This project is designed to be a way to give students entrance into reading and thinking about Shakespeare's Julius Caesar for themselves. It, admittedly, does not cover the vast history of the Renaissance or of Shakespeare himself. However, you may encourage students to research and find answers to the questions they have or the aspects of the text they find interesting and wish to know more about.