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A Midsummer Night's Dream Reading and Discussing Shakespeare

Janelle Fila
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Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(900)
In this 4-week class, students will read and discuss Shakespeare's comedic love story, A Midsummer Night's Dream #academic

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
4 lessons//4 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Act 1
Scenes 1-2
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Act 2
Scenes 1-2
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Act 3
Scenes 1-2
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Acts 4 and 5
Scenes 1-2 and Scene 1
Week One: Act 1 (Scenes 1-2)
Week Two: Act 2 (Scenes 1-2)
Week Three: Act 3 (Scenes 1-2) Scene 2 is long so we will split it into two videos over two days, stopping at line 365 after both Helena and Hermia exit.
Week Four: Act 4 (Scenes 1-2) and Act 5 (Scene 1)
I have a Master's degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults. I was a substitute teacher for three years before teaching full-time on Outschool for multiple years.  I also currently teach English Composition for universities in my home state. I have been blessed to discuss Shakespeare in the classroom multiple times, including my own high school reading experience! My high school English teacher was obsessed with Shakespeare and taught me the importance of understanding these often tragic plays. I learned a lot from her enthusiasm and hope to pass that passion on to my own students. I have read this play multiple times, but I learn something new every time I am exposed to this story. It is an excellent book to dissect and discuss love, passion, freedom, and choice. I am excited to read it alongside your student to see what emotions and feelings Shakespeare's writings stir up for them.
Homework Offered
Students will read one act a week on their own time. Each act contains 1-2 scenes. Each week, students will have access to 2-3 new videos and a corresponding worksheet with vocabulary definitions, discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers. Each week, I assign a short writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and ask the students to share their responses in the classroom. There is a weekly Kahoot! and optional supplemental activities.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
The more questions, comments, and posts that students share in the classroom, the more I can understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing. I respond to every post in the class room and every submitted worksheet or writing assignment.
Grades Offered
Please let me know if a grade is required.
The students will need their own copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream to read on their own. It can be borrowed from the library or even listened to as an audio book. The students will not need a physical copy of the story in class, although they may find it helpful to have when completing the writing assignments. I use a well-annotated edition that explains difficult words and constructions in class, but students may want an annotated edition for their own reading as well. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Like most Shakespeare plays, there is some mild language and rude humor. This is a love story where magic forces people to fall in love with the first person they see (although this is remedied by the end of the play). There is much less violence than a typical Shakespeare tragedy, although there are many more references to love, fidelity, and sexual innuendos. 
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Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(900)
I currently teach English Composition at the collegiate level. I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and... 
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4 pre-recorded lessons
4 weeks of teacher feedback
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1 year of access to the content

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Ages: 14-18

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