In a resource where students practice the synthesizing of resources, students learn about the puzzling question of Shakespeare’s authorship. Students will read, listen to and view supporting clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze the argument about whether William Shakespeare wrote his plays. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a rhetorical précis, AP style multiple choice, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.
An Atlantic Monthly essay, “The Case for Shakespeare,” by Irvin Mattus.is the central text in these lessons. An “Interview with Ted Bacino, author of "The Shakespeare Conspiracy” is utilized, as is an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. Selections from Mark Twain’s, “Is Shakespeare Dead as well as clips from a performance of “Is Shakespeare Dead” are in this lesson. Steven Greenblatt, Shakespeare scholar, in a short video interview, provides a counter argument.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as it acts as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, Shakespeare, power, American Literature, theatre and drama, argument