Julius Caesar Reading and Discussing Shakespeare: Flexible Schedule

Janelle Fila
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Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(895)
In this 5-week class, students will read and discuss Shakespeare's historical play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar #academic

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Week One: Act 1 (Scenes 1-3)
Week Two: Act 2 (Scenes 1-4)
Week Three: Act 3 (Scenes 1-3)
Week Four: Act 4 (Scenes 1-3)
Week Five: Act 5 (Scenes 1-5)
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 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 It is an excellent book to discuss because of the historical content and references. There is also so much language and subtext to analyze. 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 in. Each act contains 3-5 scenes. Each week, students will have access to 3-5 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 supplemental daily activities (for days with no video) like an I Spy game, riddles and interactive questions to test their comprehension from the weekly chapters.
2 - 4 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. Please let me know if a grade is required.
Grades Offered
The students will need their own copy of Julius Caesar 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.  
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From commonsensemedia.org: Like most Shakespeare plays, there is light profanity (like "damn" and "God") and violence as the characters are motivated by revenge, power, and murder. The dialogue is often hard to follow for those unfamiliar with Shakespearean plays. The Acts either contain many scenes or long scenes, which can be challenging for some readers. 

Meet the teacher

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Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(895)
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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weekly or $75 for 5 weeks
5 weeks

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(2)
Completed by 6 learners
No live video meetings
Ages 14-18

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