A great way to "hook" students on Shakespear's plays is to let them "play" in Julius Caesar. What teen-ager doesn't like a story with plenty of action,superstition/mysticism and a bit of a love story. These cuttings of significant scenes from the play offer roles for up to 35 performers working in small groups of 2-4. With only about 30 lines of dialogue each, these scenes are accessable to students at all levels.
With this hands-on approach to Shakespeare's plays, the students become actively involved in the performance. They take ownership in their part.
Included with the script of all the scenes is an index that lists the scenes and the number of performers required for each.There is also a production guide that covers everything from costuming, scheduling and grading.
Because the students' understanding of the play is so much comprehensive, their writing about it will be significantly better. Joan THorpe has included a suggested list of writing assignments such as, "Discuss the use of superstition in Julius Casear" and "Discuss the betrayal of Caesar by Brutus
Has there been a time in your own life when someone betrayed you?" and many more.