World Lit: Act V, the Grand Finale

Standard:

  • 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.

Learning Target: I can finish reading Julius Caesar and understand why the characters died in the way that they did; I can discuss my feelings about the play with my classmates.

Opening Session: THUGNOTES! This will recap the entire play and give you some analysis on it as well.

Work Session: Today we’re finishing up reading Julius Caesar by reading Act V! Yay! After this we’ve read the entire play! Which, personally, I think is pretty cool

As we read Act V, I want you to take note of how everyone starts to die – not just the fact that everyone is dying, but HOW they do it. You’ll notice that each character chooses his own time and means of death, and there’s lots of discussion of honor and who is more honorable and taking the honor and…what’s all this about honor?

We will pause in the reading after each major death and discuss these things.

Closing Session:

When we finish reading the play and it’s all said and done, I want you guys to write a little paragraph for me:

Ticket out the door: Why did the Romans consider suicide to be more honorable than dying in battle? How is that different than what we think today? Why do you think it is so different?

Differentiation:

Process, readiness, interest (different length reading parts).

Assessment:

TOTDs will be summatively assessed, formative checks for understanding during class discussion

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