For this exercise in reading and writing, students select and explain ten quotes from Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR that are significant to the drama for literary aspects such as plot, characterization, figurative language, theme, etc. Students learn to hone their reading, critical thinking and writing skills through their analysis and explication of Shakespeare’s text.
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• teacher’s notes, with suggestions for use of the assignment,
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This project enhances students’ ability to read and appreciate a Shakespearean drama, and develops their reading and writing skills through written explanation of quotations they have carefully selected. Once they have completed their analysis, they will find it much easier to proceed with other language arts activities, such as small-group or classroom discussion, and to support arguments in persuasive essays with pertinent quotations.