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Love Is Blind, and Lovers Cannot See: Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

Class
Maureen Tobin
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(180)
In this 9-week class, we will read Shakespeare's famous play about love, greed, bigotry, and revenge.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Students will grow their knowledge and understanding of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, gaining skills that will carry over to all of Shakespeare's plays.
Students will be able to explain the difference between a soliloquy and a monologue.
Students will be comfortable discussing and/or debating the classification of this play as a comedy.
Students will gain confidence in reading aloud. While this is not an acting class, students will be encouraged to convey character as they become more comfortable with the language.
Students will demonstrate learning through classroom participation (reading and discussion) and in the completion of a final project.
Homework Offered
The entire play will be read aloud in class. I never require students to read alone, unguided and in silence, but they are encouraged to read ahead if they wish to be better prepared for the live reading. A final project will be chosen by each student (in consultation with the teacher) and might include writing, performance, artwork, parody, music, etc.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
I do not give formal assessments, but let me know if you want me to provide a grade., which will be based on classroom participation and the final project.
Grades Offered
We will be using the Folger Shakespeare Library text.  There are many formats available for free download, but please be sure to select a version, like the PDF, that has line numbers. 

Free Download here: 
https://shakespeare.folger.edu/shakespeares-works/the-merchant-of-venice/

If you would like a solid book with great footnotes, you can buy the Folger paperback edition here:
https://bookshop.org/books/the-merchant-of-venice-9798694776806/9780743477567
or, if your town still has an independent brick and mortar store, do give them your business.

Students should also have a notebook dedicated to this class. Done well, this notebook can be a resource for future Shakespeare courses.
Be forewarned, this play includes depictions of racism and antisemitism and might not be appropriate for less mature students. We do not shy away from discussing difficult topics.
We will be using the Folger Shakespeare Library text.  There are many formats available for free download, but please be sure to select a version, like the PDF, that has line numbers. 

Free Download here: 
https://shakespeare.folger.edu/shakespeares-works/the-merchant-of-venice/
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(180)
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A retired English teacher, I hold an MFA in Creative Writing and a bachelor's degree in Language Arts Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  I currently work as a reading and writing coach for students of all ages. (Continued below... 
Group Class

$25

weekly or $225 for 9 classes
1x per week, 9 weeks
75 min

Completed by 11 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
3-9 learners per class

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