Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Dramatis Personae - Section 4: Students Pick Their Characters

 

One of the essentials to understanding Shakespeare's play is realizing the complexity and depth of his characters. I understand that students need to approach the characters in the play through collaborative effort and at the same time develop the skills to read characters deeply.  By having students choose their own characters at the beginning of the play I am asking them to take on the role of class expert on that character. When we have whole class discussion students speak up with insights about their character and specific references to speech and actions.  Rather than try to understand the whole play students track a single character and his/her direct relationships and role in the action and plot. Students are less intimidated and more focused with this strategy. 

  Ownership of Characters
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Ownership of Characters
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Dramatis Personae

Unit 9: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: SWBAT use textual analysis to make predictions about characters

Big Idea: What key ideas foreshadow plot and character development in the dramatis personae

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English / Language Arts, Shakespeare, brainstorming, character trait, drama interpretation, character traits, foreshadowing, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, supporting evidence, dramatic structure, interpretation, dramatic literature, uncertainty, rough draft
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