Standard: SL.9-10.1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Learning Target: Students will learn historical context for Julius Caesar, and participate in a value line to determine how they feel about different moral issues.
Activator: Video SparkNotes: Julius Caesar Summary
Welcome to Monday! We’re going to start out today with a little PowerPoint introduction to the story we’re about to read, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar:
After that, we’re going to do a little value line activity. This is the one where we have “Agree” and “Disagree” on the walls, and you go stand where your opinion lies. Here are the statements we will be working with today:
- It is never OK to kill another human being.
- Sometimes, the good of many outweighs the good of one.
- People always want more power for themselves.
- The worst thing someone can do is to betray a friend.
- You should listen to your gut instinct instead of the advice of others.
- Arrogance will be the downfall of the greatest leaders.
- The best leaders are loved by the general public.
- A small group of powerful men should be able to decide the fate of a nation.
- Sometimes you have to go to extremes to make your point.
- Doing something wrong and admitting it is an honorable thing to do.