Caesar Then and Now

Welcome to Tuesday!


  • ELAGSE9-10RL6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
  • ELAGSE9-10W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: I can think of a great idea for a project that relates Julius Caesar to my own modern-day life; I can write a proposal for my project.

Opening Session: Daily video! You didn’t think I’d do a whole unit without Thugnotes, did you? Here’s a review of the play and a short analysis, just to get your brains thinking in that direction again:

Work Session: Today we’re going to begin working on our Big Project for this unit!! Here’s the deal: You’re going to be making some kind of artifact that relates Julius Caesar to your life today. Now, I know that can be kind of hard, so to make it a bit easier we’re going to focus on a theme in the story. A theme is a universal truth that’s revealed throughout the story – it can sort of teach you a lesson, almost.

Some examples of themes in Julius Caesar are:

  • Everyone is in control of their own destiny.
  • Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
  • Arrogance can be the downfall of even the most powerful of people.
  • Sometimes you have to hurt the ones you love for the good of the world.
  • History is written by those who hold the power.
  • …and many more! (Check with me before using a theme you found on your own!)

Today, your first task will be to take about half an hour to choose a theme. Then find 3 quotes from the story that show that theme, and write each down along with a 3-4 sentence explanation of how that quote shows your theme. You MUST write the explanations; just giving me quotes is NOT good enough!!

After you’ve done that, I want you to take some time and think up what you’re going to do for your project. Here’s the skinny:

  • You’ll have 1-2 days to complete it
  • You MUST incorporate the quotes you just found!
  • You must somehow relate Julius Caesar to your life.

Some examples of projects you might do are

  • A poster depicting you as a typical Roman teenager.
  • A fake social media page for a Roman citizen (Fakebook, fake Instagram, even a fake snapchat!)
  • A movie poster for a production of Julius Caesar using your favorite actors/actresses.
  • A website or infographic explaining how Caesar relates to your life.
  • A rap or song that relates you to Caesar (you may turn in your lyrics or a recording of you performing)
  • A creative short story told from the perspective of a plebian.

At the end of class today, you must turn in a 1-page, hand written proposal for your project, along with your 3 quotes and explanations as to how they fit with your theme.

Closing Session: Ticket out the door: what is another theme from Caesar that you could relate to your own life?

Assessment: Proposals will be part of the overall project grade.

Differentiation: Interest (student choice on project format); process (students may work on their projects in different ways).

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