Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Students explore and analyze character traits in the historical Shakespearean fiction 'Julius Caesar.' Discuss character actions and dialogue and how these reveal and propel the story. Follow up with an engaging activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize key plot points in Julius Caesar
  • analyze characters in Julius Caesar
  • determine how characters develop in Julius Caesar


  • 1 hour


  • Copies of Julius Caesar
  • Chart paper

Key Vocabulary/Characters

  • Mark Antony
  • Calpurnia
  • Brutus
  • Cassius
  • Caesar

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.


NOTE: This plan is designed to meet the needs of students who have read the play in full prior to this lesson.

  • Prepare students for learning by asking them to write a brief summary of Julius Caesar. Share and discuss summaries; ask students to complete a plot diagram if applicable.
  • Start the video lesson Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: Character Analysis & Traits.
  • Ask students to write down the names of key characters and take notes as the next section of the lesson plays.
  • Pause at 4:30 and ask students to compare their notes to the information in the video. Revise the plot diagram if necessary.
  • Discuss:
    • Which characters changed the most over the course of the play?
    • What were some conflicts between characters?
    • How did character interactions help the story develop?
  • Play the Lesson Summary and allow students to ask any remaining questions.

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