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Below is a sample breakdown of the British Plays for 12th Grade chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works; |
'Richard III': Fact and Fiction in Shakespeare's History Plays;
'Julius Caesar': Shakespeare's Play vs. History
| The life and plays of William Shakespeare; |
A look at the characters and acts of 'Richard III';
A summary of the play about the life of Julius Caesar
|Tuesday|| 'Twelfth Night': Themes, Quotes and Cross-Dressing Characters; |
' Hamlet': Beyond the Famous Soliloquy;
'Othello': Racism and Shakespeare
| The themes and acts of 'Twelfth Night'; |
An exploration of 'Hamlet' and its characters;
The players and acts of 'Othello'
|Wednesday|| Shakespeare's 'King Lear': My Three Daughters; |
'MacBeth': Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play;
Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays
| An overview of the plot of Shakespeare's play; |
A look at the play's elements and characters;
A synopsis of Marlowe's plays and a look at his life
|Thursday|| Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare; |
Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s;
Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels and Sexuality
| The style of Ben Jonson's plays and poetry; |
The origins of Restoration comedy;
The plays and early life of the Victorian writer
|Friday||Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays and Novels; 'Waiting for Godot': Plot, Characters and Style|| Background on the Irish playwright and a look at some of his most well-known works; |
An exploration of the play's acts and main characters
1. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works
This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.
2. Richard III: Fact and Fiction in Shakespeare's History Plays
We'll tease apart the real and the invented in Shakespeare's Richard III and discuss Shakespeare's particular brand of historical fiction. We'll also go over the plot and characters, as well as some famous quotes from the work.
3. Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History
In this lesson, we'll examine Shakespeare's take on the life of Julius Caesar, which spawned such famous quotes as 'Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!' and 'Et tu, Brute!' We'll also take a look at Brutus and Cassius, the conspirators who plotted Caesar's demise, as well as Mark Antony and Octavius, who remained loyal.
4. Twelfth Night: Themes, Quotes and Cross-Dressing Characters
In this lesson, we'll outline the interplay between love and deception in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. We'll go over plot, characters, and figure out what Shakespeare's cross-dressing heroine Viola means in the context of love.
5. Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy
To be or not to be? In this lesson, that really is the question. Watch this video to learn all about Hamlet, one of Shakespeare's great tragedies. We'll explore its plot, characters and the meaning of that famous phrase.
6. Othello: Racism and Shakespeare
In this video, we'll give an overview of the plot of Shakespeare's 'Othello.' We'll discuss the motivations of his wicked ensign, Iago, and address the racial issues brought to light by Shakespeare's writing.
7. Shakespeare's King Lear: My Three Daughters
In this video, we'll discuss the importance of blindness, both literal and metaphorical, in Shakespeare's King Lear. We'll give an overview of the plot, characters, and explore the familial relationships central to the famous tragedy.
8. Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play
In this lesson, we'll follow how ambition shapes the events of Shakespeare's Scottish play, 'Macbeth'. We'll explore the plot, characters and supernatural elements that are characteristic of this play.
9. Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays
English playwright Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare with a short but potent body of work to his name. Learn all about his plays - and his fascinating character - from our video lesson!
10. Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare
To a great deal of people, for a great deal of time, English playwright and poet Ben Jonson was known merely as a rival (and inferior) to William Shakespeare. But there's more to the story than that! Watch our video lesson to get the skinny on Jonson's life and work.
11. Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s
Despite their name, Restoration comedies have nothing to do with fixing up a theater. Rather, these were shockingly explicit works that were created after almost two decades of live performances being outlawed in England. Watch our video lesson to learn about this surprising and hilarious time in English theatrical history.
12. Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality
From ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' to the ''Importance of Being Earnest'', Oscar Wilde left an indelible mark on literature and theater. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the Victorian author.
13. Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels
This video will introduce the late modernist author and playwright Samuel Beckett. A close friend of James Joyce, Beckett's works typically portray a meaningless, absurd existence. This is epitomized in his most famous work, 'Waiting for Godot.'
14. Waiting for Godot: Plot, Characters, and Style
In this lesson, we'll explore Samuel Beckett's groundbreaking play, Waiting for Godot. We'll look at its main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, and hear an example of their circular, sometimes nonsensical banter. We'll also briefly discuss the play's legacy in modern theater.
15. Waiting for Godot Discussion Questions
'Waiting for Godot' is a Nobel prize-winning play by Samuel Beckett about a couple of vagrants passing time while waiting for someone who never shows up. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this play.
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