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This engaging and informative lesson enables students to make clear and precise interpretations regarding the relationship between Antonio and Bassanio in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. In particular, students read and understand Act one scene one of the play, interpreting how Antonio and Bassanio’s relationship is introduced, before tracking how their friendship develops over the course of the play.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
Considering the key components of strong friendships;
Reading Act One Scene One and comprehending how Antonio and Bassanio’s friendship is introduced;
Tracking how their friendship develops over the play, using apt textual evidence;
Considering multiple interpretations of Antonio and Bassanio’s relationship;
Applying their understanding of Antonio and Bassanio’s relationship to create an original composition;
Self assessing their learning attempts;
Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
Antonio and Bassanio development worksheet;
Extract - Act One Scene One
Character profile template
Comprehensive lesson plan.
Resources are provided in PDF (to maintain formatting), Word (so that they are easily editable) and also in zipfiles.
The lesson contains opportunities for group learning, speaking and listening, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. I originally used these resources with year 10 and 11 classes, however colleagues have used them for between year 9 and year 13 with some adaptations.
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