This is the second lesson plan in a series of five for a mini-unit to build students' skills in analyzing comedy, especially in Act 1 of "Romeo and Juliet." It follows "Defining Comedy"
- Watch a clip to learn more about the role of a 'fool' in the 16th century
- Apply vocabulary
- Practice identifying confusing elements of Shakespearean text to apply the best reading strategies
- Actively participate in a dramatic reading
- Analyze a comedic character
Instructors are equipped with
- Scripted commentary to guide engagement and critical thinking
- Specific questions to guide analysis of the comedy in Act 1, Scene 3
- Optional extension, especially appropriate for Honors / advanced / AP / pre-IB groups, or drama classes
- Printable to guide development and practice of appropriate reading strategies
- Vocabulary cards to guide interactive reading of Act 1, Scene 3
If an instructor chooses to use the extension on the "fourth wall," the first part of this lesson can also be used in a theater class for work on improvisational techniques, or in analysis of another Shakespearean play.