This four-week unit dives into the themes and characterizations of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Students analyze gender, race, and literacy as power as they read through the play in partners, small groups, and as a whole class. They also learn how to close-read particular passages using a Postcolonial lens in order to discuss and criticize the treatment of the "other."
Students not only read the play during this unit, but they read excerpts from Shakespeare's potential sources, such as "Of the Cannibals," by Michael de Montaigne. Through small-group dialogic discussions, students learn about Shakespeare's influences and how some of the ideas from the time of colonization are still relevant today.
Furthermore, students have the opportunity to act out portions of the play for group and individual credit using a variety of dialogs. They also look at different visual depictions of the character Caliban and discuss how those depictions influence the way people view his character and "the other."
Lastly, students write an expository paper using one of five prompts which encompass everything students have learned throughout the unit, followed by a low-key peer workshop. A final test also assesses how well students have mastered the art of reading and understanding Shakespeare and how well they have understood and thought about the themes of The Tempest.
- 20 days of scripted learning plans
- A 20 day syllabus, unit overview
- Multiple individual, partner, small group, and large group activities
- A list of Shakespeare's sources (with excerpt details)
- Different visual depictions of Caliban
- Close reading activities
- A Character Map detailing specific relationships
- Handouts to assist reading, including:
*****Shakespeare Reading Strategies
*****Description of the Postcolonial Lens
- Handouts to assist writing, including:
*****Script to guide peer workshop
*****Expository writing rubric
*****Final writing prompts (6 total)
*****An example of description of an Academic Outline (with a checklist)
- Handouts to assist performance, including:
*****Shakespeare Dialect Translations
- A Final Test with answer key
- A link to the YouTube video of The Tempest
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