Reflection: Complex Tasks Collaborative Reading and Analysis of Julius Caesar Act 1, Scene 2 - Section 4: Students Write about Cassius's message


Some students are now able to identify Cassius's tone as well as to understand his choices in rhetoric (RI.9-10.6).  However, I will examine student work on this exit slip to see how well ALL of the students are doing.  

We are only beginning to analyze this type of thing, and we will compare the use of some of these flourishes in Julius Caesar to modern speeches later in the unit lessons, but for now, I want to see if students can begin to connect the dots between the challenging language of Shakespeare and some of the more crafty persuasive touches used here.  

For example, here one student correctly identifies Cassius's tone:

student example


And another student correctly identifies the persuasive techniques that we are beginning to discuss. 

another student example


Again, I will use this quiz/exit ticket to begin differentiating, and I will make a shortlist of students who might need extra attention, either with Shakespeare's language or with understanding rhetoric.  Our unit test, upcoming, requires that ALL students will need to master this skill, so I am using the results of this preliminary exit slip to begin to create my strategy. 

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Collaborative Reading and Analysis of Julius Caesar Act 1, Scene 2

Unit 11: Analyzing Rhetoric in Julius Caesar and Contemporary Speeches
Lesson 4 of 16

Objective: SWBAT paraphrase Shakespeare's language and analyze Brutus' and Cassius' characters by collaboratively reading and annotating Act 1, scene 2 in Julius Caesar.

Big Idea: We will leverage 1:1 technology for collaborative reading!

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