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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Transcript of A Midsummer Night's Dream
What can we learn about Shakespeare and the time in which he lived?
Please glue the following sheet into your workbooks. You will need it as we get into
A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In groups of two you are going to spend 2 minutes insulting each other using the list of Shakespearean insults. You must come up with the most original, most Shakespearean, most scathing insult possible. We will go around to each group and the group with the best insult will receive a merit.
WHAT DID YOU CALL ME?!
What do you know about Shakespeare?
At your tables I would like you to complete a KTW chart with everything you know about Shakespeare and life during Elizabethan times. Everyone must write at least two things.
It's Your Turn!
You are now going to spend the next two lessons preparing an information poster for the rest of the class based on Shakespeare and life during his time.
You are going to be responsible for teaching the rest of the class about your given aspect of Shakespeare/Elizabethan life based off the poster you will make.
I have selected the groups for you as well as your topics.
Theatre in Shakespeare's Time
Theatre in Shakespeare's Time
What does it mean?
What is the basic plot of
A Midsummer Night's Dream?
Copy the following in your workbook:
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended:
That you have but slumbered here,
While these visions did appear;
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend.
If you pardon, we will mend.
What does this mean? What is the speaker saying in this quotation?
A SHAKESPEAREAN COMEDY
There are several convention of comedy that are characteristic of Shakespeare's comedies. They include:
focus on situations rather than characters - this way when bad things happen to the characters we don't feel as bad.
We are going to watch a video to help understand the very convoluted plot of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Please follow along on your worksheet and fill in the blanks as necessary.
At your table I want you to come up with a general plot summary of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Starting with the person whose first name is closest to the beginning of the alphabet you will rotate around the table clockwise. Each person will come up with a sentence to contribute to your table's plot summary.
a struggle of young lovers (Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius)
a clever servant (Feste in Twelfth Night)
disputes between families (the fairies and the royals in A Midsummer Night's Dream)
a happy ending (always a marriage or two).
Lesson Five: Act I
What do we learn about the characters' relationships in Act I?
Think back to a time in your life when you felt completely comfortable and free to be yourself. Turn to the person next to you and share that moment with him/her.
Now think back to a time/situation where you felt completely inhibited and put down. Share this moment with the person next to you.
Open to the four pages that you have blocked off for the love square between Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius. In the center of the first page write THE START. Using a ruler draw arrows between the characters to show each one's relationship with the other. We'll do it together on the board.
I need six volunteers who feel confident with Shakespearean language to act out a scene for us.
REMEMBER: During Shakespeare's time only men could act on the stage. Throughout our study of A Midsummer Night's Dream we are going to practice gender equality. Female parts will not simply be relegated to girls in the class and vice versa.
Glue the image of Hermia into your workbook.
In this passage does Hermia feel free and confident or inhibited and put down? Justify your answer.
On the left side of the image you've glued in I want you to write down any thoughts or ideas you have that answer the question. This is independent work.
As a table I want you to go around the table and each person share what he/she has written.
Write a diary entry with at least two paragraphs as if you are Hermia just after this scene. How do you feel towards your father and Theseus? How do you feel about Lysander?
DUE: TUESDAY 28 JANUARY
Now that we've read the rest of the Scene I want you to look at the question again. Does Hermia still feel free and confident? Or does she feel inhibited and put down? Make sure to write down and justify your answers.
Watch the rest of the first scene. Has your opinion of Hermia changed? Is she still inhibited or is she more comfortable?
Fairies and Magic
LQ: How does Shakespeare represent the fairies in Act II?
We are going to look at some images of fairies from different adaptations of A Midsummer Night's Dream. As we go through each of the images I want you to write down any thoughts, words or ideas that these photos inspire.
What is the purpose of having fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream? What is their role? Would you like to meet such people? What might the fairies in each of the images be thinking at that moment?
I need five readers. If you read a part last lesson please let others have a chance to read today.
As we listen to the next scene being read aloud we are going to create our own fairies. You will have to listen closely and think about how your fairy will reflect the fairies we are meeting in the play. Take your time. Your fairy will need to be supported by a quotation from the text so think carefully about your fairy's personality and role in the play.
Do you notice any similarities between your fairy picture and the images you saw at the beginning of lesson? Why do you think they are similar or not similar?
But is it COMEDY?
LQ: How is A Midsummer Night's Dream a comedy?
We are going to quickly read through the rest of Act I and most of Act II
Look at your fairy drawing from last lesson. How is it similar to the fairy pictures we looked at yesterday? How is it different? What do we know about the fairies in AMSND so far?
Can we summarize in one line for each act what has happened so far and who is involved.
You are now going to be working in groups of two in a comedy race. Each group is going to receive the same section of the script. You are going to have 10 minutes to read through the script and highlight all of the examples of comedy you can.
There are THIRTEEN examples of comedy in these pages.
REMEMBER: Comedy in Shakespearean plays had a huge range. Comedy could refer to physical comedy, word play, mistaken identity and a number of other forms. When you're looking for comedy remember to think broadly.
THE FIRST TEAM TO PROPERLY IDENTIFY ALL 13 MOMENTS OF COMEDY WILL RECEIVE A BOX OF CANADIAN SWEETS. **NO CHEATING** you want to keep your highlighted sections secret so no other groups can see them yet.
** Most of the comedy in this section of the text comes from word play and general foolishness; especially in the character of Nick Bottom.
Your task is to choose your three favourite examples of comedy that we have highlighted. You must summarize the comedic moment and then explain why you think this section is funny.
A PLAY WITHIN A PLAY?
LQ: Why did Shakespeare decide to have a play within a play?
Turn to the second page that you've set aside for the relationships between the four lovers.
Title this page ROBIN'S MANIPULATION
At your table fill in the page to illustrate the state of the relationships after Robin/Puck plays his trick.
What does it mean to have a play within a play? Can you think of any examples of plays within a play that you've seen elsewhere? What is the purpose?
A VERY TRAGIC COMEDY ABOUT THE HORRIBLE DEATHS OF PYRAMUS AND THISBE
Based on the title, and the title alone, what do you think this play within play is about?
Copy these names into your workbook:
You are now going to have exactly 10 minutes to write a short play or synopsis of a play using these characters. You are going to create your own version of The Tragic Comedy About the Horrible Deaths of Pyramus and Thisbe.
You will need to have a role for each of the characters I have given you as well as a plot and conclusion to the play that reflects on the title. This is individual work. You will get a chance to share in TEN MINUTES.
In your workbooks please answer the following:
What are the differences and similarities between Pyramus and Thisbe and the plot of A Midsummer Night's Dream?
You must write in paragraph form with at least 6 - 8 well developed sentences in each paragraph. One paragraph should highlight the similarities (at least four similarities) and one paragraph should highlight the differences (at least four differences).
LQ: What have we learned about each individual group in the play?
What are the three main groups in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
Let's see if we can finish off our character maps for the other two sections of this play. Turn to your third page of your character maps.
I am going to divide you into three groups - each group representing a different group of characters in the play.
Your group is going to be responsible for creating an identity for your specific group of characters.
You are each going to receive an identity sheet for your group of characters. There are a number of tasks on the sheet that you must complete as a group before the end of lesson.
The easiest way to complete this task is through the DIVIDE and CONQUER method. Look at the tasks as a group and then divide yourself up to complete each of the tasks. You must place all of the tasks on a piece of sugar paper that I will provide.
You have exactly 8 minutes to finish your posters. If they are not finished in this time you can come back at lunch to finish t if you want but there will be no more class time given to this activity.
LQ: What evidence do we need to answer an essay question?
We are about to start our first assessment for our study of A Midsummer Night's Dream. You will be writing essays based on a series of questions I am going to give you.
You will be writing a five paragraph essay during the next two lessons. You will choose your topic from the three options I will give you at the end of lesson. Your essay will be comprised of an INTRODUCTION, 3 PEE paragraphs and a CONCLUSION.
WHAT MAKES A INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH?
In your workbook write down three things that you think would make a good introductory paragraph. REMEMBER that an introductory paragraph is the first thing your reader reads. It is what tells the reader what you are about to write.
An introduction paragraph is designed to introduce your reader to the topic the reader is about to read.
Your job is to give a general idea of the topic without being specific.
Let's look at an example:
In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream the audience becomes an audience to two plays; a play within a play as well as the plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performed by a group of actors within the plot of the play, Pyramus and Thisbe tells the story of two lovers and tragic but comedic events that surround the lovers’ forbidden love story. It is performed within the story of the four lovers, Helena, Demetrius, Lysander and Hermia, who make up the plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While the plays are distinct in nature there are several similarities that can be drawn between them. Pyramus and Thisbe may act as a play within a play and contain a plot that, on the surface, may seem completely different to that of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one can see ideas and concepts drawn between the two that highlight how each complement each other. Despite being completely different in genre and plot, Pyramus and Thisbe serve not only as entertainment within the play but as important commentary on the events of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the form of dramatic irony to us, the audience.
Choose ONE of the following questions to serve as the basis for your essay:
Discuss the role of the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Why are they important? What roles do Robin/Puck, Titania and Oberon play in the action of the play?
How does A Midsummer Night's Dream qualify as a comedy?
Compare Oberon and Demetrius. How do they view love? What are the similarities and differences between the two in terms of how they view love?
Now that you have your topics to choose from you need to make a start on your essay. Choose the topic you want to explore and write the rough draft of your introduction paragraph in your workbook.
DUE: next lesson
Assessment Time Part II
First of all... excellent start to your essays. I was very pleased with most of your drafts. Some of you have a long way and a lot of focus to put in but in general, they are very well done.
A FEW THINGS...
Remember to capitalize when necessary. All names MUST be capitalized. The title of this play is A Midsummer Night's Dream, please make sure this is how you write the title.
Your introduction paragraph should restate the question you will be answering in a statement as well as give your opinion. Be definitive in your writing -- pretend you are the expert in this subject.
Remember to answer the questions I have set. You must make sure you are answering all of these questions to the best of your ability.
You MUST have three separate points that answer the question. Be careful not to restate the same thing over and over.
Using the template provided I want you to organize your three body paragraphs (PEE paragraphs).
REMEMBER: your strongest point - the point you feel best answers the question - should be the first point you make.
Each point should be different from each other but should answer the main question (should support your topic sentence in your introduction paragraph) in a different way.
You have this lesson to write out your body paragraphs. We will be peer assessing next lesson so please use this time wisely.
We are about to start our assessment for our study of A Midsummer Night's Dream. You will be writing three PEE paragraphs that answer a specific question I will give you.
What is a PEE paragraph?
Imagine a PEE paragraph like a hamburger from McDonalds.
Your paragraph is going to have three distinct parts: (1) your point, (2) your evidence, and (3) your explanation. Each paragraph should be at least 6 - 8 sentences long.
POINT: 1 -2 sentences
EVIDENCE: 1 -2 sentences
EXPLANATION: 4 -6 sentences
Today you will be completing the rough copy of your three PEE paragraphs.
Your question to answer (please copy into your workbooks):
How does Twelfth Night qualify as a comedy?
The first step is to brainstorm. What do you know about a Shakespearean comedy? What do you know about A Midsummer Night's Dream and comedy?