This print-and-use unit of work includes worksheets & activities that are part of my teaching unit for William Shakespeare’s iconic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Specifically, the worksheets focus on Act 4, Scenes 1-2, in which the lovers’ confusion is resolved, and Oberon releases Titania from the amorous shackles of the love juice. The unit of work includes:
Comprehension Questions for Act 4, Scenes 1 + 2 of the play.
Shakespeare in Context: Short information text about Shakespeare’s use of clowns, especially in relation to Bottom as a clown in the play and how Shakespeare wrote most ‘clown’-like roles before 1599 for Will Kemp, one of the most famous comic actors in England at the time.
Analysing Language: Extensive guiding questions to analyse the various ways in which Shakespeare uses language and other key elements of drama to great effect in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This activity facilitates a close reading of the scenes and provides a good opportunity for extensive writing practice (critical commentary).
Comprehensive TEACHER’S GUIDE section with an ANSWER KEY and detailed MODEL ANSWERS for the comprehension questions, a commentary of key lines for Act 4, Scenes 1-2, as well as a detailed critical commentary for both scenes of the play. This is designed to help teachers (especially those new to the play), but will also be useful to the more experienced Shakespeare enthusiasts.
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