For every great hero, there’s a great villain that so many English teachers look over. When teaching literature, teachers focus so much on the redemption of a hero that we can often forget the power of highlighting the evil of the villain causing the chaos in the first place.
**NOTE: To fully enjoy this product, it is highly recommended that you are a moderately tech-savvy teacher. The lesson uses YouTube videos, bit.ly links (link shorteners), and Google Sites. If these things are blocked or frustratingly unusable at your school, this is probably not a great product for you at this time.**
In this lesson, students will participate in DIGITAL STATIONS
. Students will either focus on one of six stations (jigsaw) OR travel around the room to visit six stations (traditional stations) that illuminate the backstory and other information about six different villains: The Joker, Captain Hook, Regina George, Catwoman, Hannibal Lecter, and Lord Voldemort. At each station, students will either SCAN the QR code or follow the bit.ly link to a page with information about each particular villain. All directions for the lesson are included in the product.
to see the page for Lord Voldemort!
Using their notes sheet, students will take notes on each of the villains as a way to begin the conversation about villainy and how no two villains are created equally.
THIS PRODUCT INCLUDES:
೦ Detailed lesson plan with options for modifications and extensions
೦ FULLY EDITABLE station cards for each of the six villains
೦ A FULLY EDITABLE student notes sheet to jot down information about each villain with TWO version options (condensed and extended)
೦ Access to six individual web pages with videos and articles about each of the six villains
೦ A self-grading Google Forms quiz on the six villains they just learned about
This lesson plan could be completed in one class period if you’re moving fast, but realistically, you could spend two periods moving through the stations and one day debriefing and quizzing on what students learned.
This series of villain lessons were developed to work alongside the great villain Iago of William Shakespeare’s Othello. Other great villains (or debating their villainy) worth studying include:
೦ Cassius & Brutus (debatable!) from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
೦ Lady Macbeth from Shakespeare’s Macbeth
೦ Satan from Milton’s Paradise Lost
೦ The White Witch from C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
೦ Napoleon from Orwell’s Animal Farm
೦ Jay Gatsby from Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
೦ Victor from Frankenstein
...and so many more!
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