Reflection: Lesson Planning "I Will be Master...": Act 3.2.233-245 of "The Taming of the Shrew" - Section 3: Changing Places: Performing Act 3 Scenes


I have a tendency to over-plan; consequently, at times I don't get through all the activities I have planned for students. This is the case w/ the Act 3 activities. As the document shows and the lesson narrative articulates, I left several activities on the table. That's okay for several reasons:

  • Students know we have more work to do and that their learning and engagement matters more than whether or not we "cover" everything. The idea is depth over breadth. 
  • The last item on the document functions as a hint to students about where we're going with the unit. 
  • When students know we have more to do and that what we don't finish may become homework, classroom management gets easier. 

Typically, "Station Rotation" isn't an idea I associate w/ high school classes. However, the variety of activities I offer students harmonizes with the notion of stations in elementary schools. Both work to offer differentiation to students and diverse entry points into the curriculum, especially when we take turns performing a given scene. Simply, it isn't necessary for all students to do the same thing at the same time. A little variety keeps students curious about what to expect in our classes, and that curiosity can work to keep them coming back for more!

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"I Will be Master...": Act 3.2.233-245 of "The Taming of the Shrew"

Unit 9: "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare: Unmasking a Troubling Text
Lesson 11 of 16

Objective: SWBAT analyze the relationship between Kate and Petruchio in "The Taming of the Shrew"

Big Idea: Role reversal offers insight into male/female power structures and relationships.

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