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Shakespeare for 10th Grade - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Do you enjoy books about lovers who strive to overcome incredible odds to be together? Then maybe you should try Romeo and Juliet. The lessons in this chapter cover a selection of William Shakespeare's well-known works, in addition to an introduction to this famous actor, playwright and poet. This chapter can help you understand the following:
- William Shakespeare's writings and life
- Why the main characters in Romeo and Juliet are considered star-crossed lovers and how Shakespeare emphasized the concept of fate
- The gist of A Midsummer Night's Dream and some well-known quotes from main characters
- The differences between the Julius Caesar play and the true life events
- The characters and themes in Twelfth Night
|Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works||This lesson presents biographical details and outlines William Shakespeare's works.|
|Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers||Learn why this play is considered a tragedy. Meet the characters and find out what happens in the story.|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream: Summary, Quotes and Characters||Learn why this play is considered a comedy. Meet the characters and find out why the Rude Mechanicals' play is a metaphor of the central play's circumstances.|
|Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History||This lesson compares the play to historic facts known about Julius Caesar. Learn where Shakespeare got his ideas for writing the play.|
|Twelfth Night: Themes, Quotes and Cross-Dressing Characters||Find out how deception and love interact in this play.|
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. Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers
Great tragedies resonate throughout time. In this lesson, we'll go over the role of fate in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. We'll explore the story of his star-crossed lovers and explain some of his most famous quotes.
3. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Summary, Quotes and Characters
In this lesson, you'll learn about how love goes awry when magic interferes with the crazy exploits of a group of young Athenians, some fairies and some amateur actors in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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Other chapters within the 10th Grade English: Credit Recovery course
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- Developing as a Reader and Writer
- Reading and Understanding in Various Media
- Literary Forms and Genres for 10th Grade
- African American Writers
- British Fiction for 10th Grade
- American Prose for 10th Grade
- Ancient Literature for 10th Grade
- Types of Writing Sources & Citations
- Introduction to Literary Criticism
- Drama for 10th Grade
- Elements of Grammar
- Punctuation in Writing
- Writing Conventions for 10th Grade
- The Writing Process for 10th Grade