A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Themes and Lessons
Provides teachers with extensive information about A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including historical and theatrical context, character breakdowns, the concept of theater in the play, a look at love, and the use of class and gender roles in the play. Scansion workshop and scene breakdowns help bring the text alive. YouTube research assists in the creation of classroom playlists for comparison purposes. A theater activity for “Pyramus and Thisbe” is presented as a possible student project.
Attendees receive resources, reproducible handouts and three lesson plans (scansion for acting clues, class and gender roles, and Shakespeare’s subversion of the conventions of comedy in the play).
[note: requires space enough for at least 10 attendees to be used as examples for the audience]
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Intro, Sources, Themes, and Preview
Provides students with an extensive (and, thus, spoiler-filled) introduction to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including discussions of historical context and sources, characters and themes. A breakdown of the provided Character Map handout follows and ties together the concepts presented.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scene Study (speech, scansion, and meaning)
After a brief introduction to blank verse, students are guided through a close reading of the “lovers’ fight” scene in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with special attention paid to scansion and rhyme, as well as how character and action are revealed within the poetic line.
[note: requires space for up to 5 participants to perform]
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Men and Women
Give your students a break from the typical read-through of the play with this presentation that takes a close look at the gender (and class) roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A breakdown of the provided infographic handout follows and ties together the concepts presented.
[note: this presentation is filled with spoilers!]
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Review, Discussion and Q&A
A great way to end the unit of study on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this review of the play includes Socratic discussions of the themes of revenge, madness, and self-doubt, with textual evidence cited for the concepts. The session ends with a Q&A and “stump Bill” segment.