Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Willow Cabin Speeches...Build me a... - Section 1: Close Reading in Partners: The Willow Cabin speech


One of the flaws in my treatment of this particular aspect of Twelfth Night is that I didn't point out to the students (at least very clearly) that, though Viola/Cesario is doing Orsino's bidding, she -- not he -- is the author of the Willow Cabin speech.

This  is important, because it is the speech that causes Olivia to fall in love.  So, that love is definitely more genuine and less ridiculous than that which Orsino has for her.

I figured this out later in the unit, when the students were still struggling with analyzing the relationships.  (Though I do think it is an understandable mistake, since Viola is serving Orsino, who ordered her to the Olivia's gates and told her not to be denied.)

I think this could be solved very easily with a quick "Who is speaking?  On whose behalf?  But who composed the speech?" question series.

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Willow Cabin Speeches...Build me a...

Unit 8: Twelfth Night, or What you Will
Lesson 3 of 14

Objective: SWBAT navigate the meaning of the Willow Cabin speech in Act I, Sc 5 and develop their own versions of the love poem

Big Idea: Love poetry in the spring season...perfect timing!

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