Lesson 1 (from Act 1, Scene 1)
Act 1, Scene 1
The Merchant of Venice, like most works by Shakespeare, involves a number of intertwining story lines, characters and plot twists. Following these literary devices can be difficult when coupled with the challenging language and the Italian names. The objective of this lesson will be to create a plot map of sorts so that following the rest of the play will be more easy and enjoyable.
1) Discuss some different ways of mapping the plot. Open it up for discussion and take ideas and suggestions from class members. Choose the way you wish to map the plot in the classroom, and then have each student choose their own personal way that will help them the most. Checking on this assignment can be a continual process.
2) Review each separate character in the play. Have students give their opinions on their personality and motives. Some of these...
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