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Lesson Plan: A Midsummer Nights Dream: Idea Posters

Emily Colebank
This lesson is designed to get student groups to analyze a particular aspect of A
Midsummer Nights Dream, make a poster to represent their analysis, and present the
information found to the class. Students will be arranged in groups by their ability (mixed
based on their scores from previous tests) with each group containing two stronger and
two weaker students. Students will be given two class periods to work on the posters and
the posters will be presented at the end of the second day. The posters would be great to
hang around the classroom and to show parents when they visit school.
High School Language Arts Standards (Kansas):
KeyIdeasandDetails
1)Readcloselytodeterminewhatthetextsaysexplicitlyandtomakelogicalinferencesfromit;citespecifictextual
evidencewhenwritingorspeakingtosupportconclusionsdrawnfromthetext.
2)Determinecentralideasorthemesofatextandanalyzetheirdevelopment;summarizethekeysupportingdetailsand
ideas.
3)Analyzehowandwhyindividuals,events,andideasdevelopandinteractoverthecourseofatext.
CraftandStructure
4)Interpretwordsandphrasesastheyareusedinatext,includingdeterminingtechnical,connotative,andfigurative
meanings,andanalyzehowspecificwordchoicesshapemeaningortone.
5)Analyzethestructureoftexts,includinghowspecificsentences,paragraphs,andlargerportionsofthetext(e.g.,a
section,chapter,scene,orstanza)relatetoeachotherandthewhole.
6)Assesshowpointofvieworpurposeshapesthecontentandstyleofatext.

Materials:
One poster board for each group (6)
One set of markers for each group (6)
A copy of worksheet #1 (attached at end) for each student (24)
A copy of worksheet #2 (attached at end) for each student (24)
Back-up copies of A Midsummer Nights Dream for students who forget
Timer on internet or document camera
Tape
DAY ONE
Engage: 10 Minutes
As students walk in the room, they will be instructed to find their name on a desk and sit
there. The desks need to be separated into groups of four and the names of the
predetermined group members will be on the desks. Each cluster of desks will have a
piece of poster board, a set of markers, a copy of the worksheet (worksheet #1, attached
at the end of this document), and it is expected that students have their own copy of A
Midsummer Nights Dream.
Students will be told to find out which teammate is youngest and to send that teammate
to the front of the room. Once each group has sent up their representative, they will
draw a slip of paper out of a hat and the slip they draw will the topic of their groups
poster. The following are printed on the slips:
Connecting Characters
Act-ing Up
Athens vs. The Forest

A Play Within a Play (Again!)


Themes in Memes
Wonderful Women
Once the teammates have picked their topics, they will return to their group.
Explore: 20 Minutes
The teacher will set a timer on the projector or document camera with 20 minutes on it.
Teacher will explain that this is their preparation time and that they should make a
plan for the content and design of their poster. The teacher should also make clear that
the other students in the class would be evaluating their posters and presentations
based on what the worksheet says so they should make sure it includes all aspects from
worksheet. Students will be encouraged to use not only their copies of the play but also
the Internet on their phones or computers in the room. Students will be instructed to cite
their sources somewhere on their poster.
Work Time: 20 Minutes
Students then get the rest of the class period to begin working on their posters using the
markers and poster board provided. They will be encouraged to watch their time
management, and keep in mind that the second class period will only include 20
additional minutes of time to work on their poster.
DAY TWO
Work Time: 20 Minutes
Students will get an additional 20 minutes at the beginning this class period to finish
their posters. If they finish too quickly, they will be encouraged to decorate their posters
in a way related to their theme.
Explain/Evaluate: 25 Minutes
Each group will give a short presentation discussing the different aspects of their poster
and why they chose to cover what they did. As they walk through their project, other
students will be told to fill out an audience sheet as they listen (worksheet #2 at end).
This is a way to get the students to pay attention to the presentations but also pay close
attention to their classmates work.
Elaborate: 5 minutes
After each presentation, the students will be told to ask the presenting group questions
about their topic. It would also be a great time for the teacher to expand on any major
events or themes within the play that they know their students will be tested on later.
At the end of class, students will turn in all of their materials and clean up their areas.
They will also be instructed to put the desks back where they originally had them, and to
select two members to hang their poster somewhere in the room/hallway.
*If the teacher has multiple classes completing this lesson, it would be fun for the students to
look at others classes work and see how other students interpreted the same directions. This

could be a great extension activity on a later date, or something the students could do for makeup or extra credit.
*For a third day, students could work in these groups and prepare a scene from the play to
perform for the class. This would be a great extension activity once they had completed their
analysis posters.
References:
http://www.calshakes.org/v4/educ/pdf/09_ALTeachersGuide_MND_final.pd
http://community.ksde.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=DjCSJ0Fn_6I%3d&tabid=5559&mid=13575

Worksheet #1: Idea Posters


______________________________

Name:

Connecting Characters
o Make a map of the characters connecting everyone in the play. Include brief
descriptions of each one and connect the characters with lines that explain their
relationship.
o Include where the character lives and draw a simple picture of each.
Act-ing Up
o Choose an act from the play and write a detailed summary of the plot during that
act.
o Choose two quotes from this act that you think are important, write the quote on
your poster along with a short analysis of the quote and why your chose it.
Athens vs. The Forest
o Discuss characteristics of Athens and the Forest and why Shakespeare included
both locations in the play.Choose one quote from the play relating to Athens and
one quote from the play relating to the forest. Write this quote on your poster with
a short analysis of the quote and why you chose it.
o Pick one character from Athens and one character from the Forest. Include a short
discussion of why this character exemplifies the place they are from.
A Play within a Play (Again!)
o Discuss the importance of the Pyramus and Thisbe play during the final act. Write a
short analysis of why you think Shakespeare included this and its relation to
Romeo and Juliet.
o List the characters of the play and make a storyboard that shows the progression
of the plot.
Themes in Memes
o Come up with four themes that you think are important in A Midsummer Nights
Dream and design a meme representing each.
o Underneath each meme, give an example from the plot of the theme with a few
sentences explaining why you chose the themes that you did.
Wonderful Women
o Choose two women from the play and write a brief character analysis of each.
o Discuss A Midsummer Nights Dream as a feminist and/or anti-feminist play and
support both arguments in a Venn diagram citing specific examples from the plot.

Worksheet #2: Idea Posters


______________________________

Name:

Connecting Characters
Group Members:
_____________________________________________________________________
Did the group include every aspect of the
poster as detailed on worksheet #1?
Was the groups presentation clear and well put
together?
What is you favorite part of this groups poster?
What would you have added if you were in this
group?
What is one new thing you learned since
watching this presentation?

Act-ing Up
Group Members:
_____________________________________________________________________
Did the group include every aspect of the
poster as detailed on worksheet #1?
Was the groups presentation clear and well put
together?
What is you favorite part of this groups poster?
What would you have added if you were in this
group?
What is one new thing you learned since
watching this presentation?

Athens vs. The Forest


Group Members:
_____________________________________________________________________
Did the group include every aspect of the
poster as detailed on worksheet #1?
Was the groups presentation clear and well put
together?
What is you favorite part of this groups poster?

What would you have added if you were in this


group?
What is one new thing you learned since
watching this presentation?

A Play within a Play (Again!)


Group Members:
_____________________________________________________________
Did the group include every aspect of the
poster as detailed on worksheet #1?
Was the groups presentation clear and well put
together?
What is you favorite part of this groups poster?
What would you have added if you were in this
group?
What is one new thing you learned since
watching this presentation?

Themes in Memes
Group Members:
_____________________________________________________________________
Did the group include every aspect of the
poster as detailed on worksheet #1?
Was the groups presentation clear and well put
together?
What is you favorite part of this groups poster?
What would you have added if you were in this
group?
What is one new thing you learned since
watching this presentation?

Wonderful Women
Group Members:
_____________________________________________________________________
Did the group include every aspect of the
poster as detailed on worksheet #1?

Was the groups presentation clear and well put


together?
What is you favorite part of this groups poster?
What would you have added if you were in this
group?
What is one new thing you learned since
watching this presentation?