Lesson 1 (from Act 1, Scene 1)
Act 1, Scene 1
A Midsummer Night's Dream, like most works by Shakespeare, involves a number of intertwining story lines, characters and plot twists. Following this mess of literary devices can be difficult when coupled with the challenging language and the Greek names. The objective of this lesson is to create a plot map 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 may...
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