Act IV: We’re in the Home Stretch!


  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Learning Target: I can understand act IV of Julius Caesar and analyze the motives of one of the main characters in a story by using a bubble map to describe him.

Opening Session: Daily video! This will preview Act IV and Act V of Julius Caesar, and provide a humorous and simple perspective on the various characters in the play.

Work Session:

Today we are continuing with our reading of Julius Caesar by reading act IV. No lie, the book is kind of downhill after act III. I mean, they fight a war and all, but aside from that nothing happens. In other words, the climax of the story was definitely Caesar’s death and funeral last act. I also want to point out to you today that Shakespeare violates the bajeezes out of something called the classical unities – that is, the play should take place in one general spot (unity of place), it shouldn’t span more than a day or so (unity of time), and there should be very few if any subplots (unity of action). Shakespeare basically throws those out the window.

Anyway, get ready to read your parts again today!!!

As we finish reading act IV today, I’d like you guys to pick a character and work on describing them. Make a bubble map – I’ll make an example on the board for you – write your character’s name in the center and five adjectives that describe your character in the bubbles around it.

You may choose from Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Casca, or Antony.

Closing Session:

Think-pair-share with a partner who used a DIFFERENT character than you did – then share with the group the adjectives your partner chose to describe his or her character.


Process, interest, readiness (different length reading parts based on readiness and interest); Interest, product (choice of character for bubble map.)


Bubble maps will be graded

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