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This ready-to-use template can be used a variety of ways to include creative writing while studying Shakepeare's The Merchant of Venice. Students will write in character and demonstrate understanding of character actions, thoughts, motivations, etc. They'll be forced (without their knowledge) to really get in the character's head! I've also included a version of the postcard that does not have the stamp/frank on it so that you have more options of ways to use it!
Some writing suggestions:
Jessica ran away with Lorenzo and left her father with nothing. Send Shylock a postcard about her adventures. Something must have happened; after all, she did trade her mother's ring for a monkey!
Bassanio misses Portia while away helping Antonio. Send a postcard to Belmont to tell her what's occurred while he's been in Venice. After all, he has no idea she's there with him (disguised as man)!
Have students choose their own character and situation and go from there. The choices are endless!
Print onto cardstock to make it feel more like a real postcard. Students can not only write on the back, but they could also illustrate the front with an appropriate scene (relevant to the play and character). After everyone's finished, post them on your bulletin board!