Ch 3: British Plays for 12th Grade Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The British Plays for 12th Grade chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach students in your classroom about famous British plays. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

15 Lessons in Chapter 3: British Plays for 12th Grade Lesson Plans
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Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

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.

Richard III: Fact and Fiction in Shakespeare's History Plays

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.

Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History

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.

Twelfth Night: Themes, Quotes and Cross-Dressing Characters

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.

Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy

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.

Othello: Racism and Shakespeare

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.

Shakespeare's King Lear: My Three Daughters

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.

Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play

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.

Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

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!

Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

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.

Restoration Comedy: Theatre of the 1700s

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.

Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality

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.

Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels

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.'

Waiting for Godot:  Plot, Characters, and Style

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.

Waiting for Godot Discussion Questions

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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