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Henry V Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Who was Henry V and how was his life portrayed by William Shakespeare? This lesson plan uses a brief text lesson to summarize the play for students. An activity challenges students to modernize the play in a fun way.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize Henry V by William Shakespeare
  • list key events in Henry V by William Shakespeare
  • discuss the characters in Henry V by William Shakespeare

Length

1.5 to 2.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.3

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.6

Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

Materials

  • An image of Henry V
  • Photocopies of select excerpts from William Shakespeare's Henry V
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Henry V: Play Summary & Speech
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson

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