The Merchant of Venice Pre-Reading Prediction Activity

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The zipped file includes the template that can be used by students (individually or in small groups), and the Smart Board file so that the activity can be much more interactive.

Students will need the list of words (page 3 of Smart Board file) and the PDF template. Give 5 min. or so for students to categorize the words (either cut and paste or write them in the appropriate box). There is no wrong answer! I ususally then go around the room and have each person come up to the Smart Board to place a word. They can always clone a word if they would like to see it in a different box than someone else's placement. This gets everyone involved in a very non-threatening way.

Once the words have been sorted (and discussed if you'd like), students will record three questions they have and write a short paragraph predicting what they think the play will be about. The less background information about the play you give them prior to beginning, the better the answers will be! I'm always surprised by how much they can correctly predict based on the key words given.

I usually type up all the questions and predictions and post them in the room so we can revisit during our reading of the play.
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The Merchant of Venice Pre-Reading Prediction Activity
The Merchant of Venice Pre-Reading Prediction Activity