Act IV: It’s All Downhill From Here!

Can you believe it’s only two weeks to spring break?! It’s also one week until MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! And also Easter is this weekend, today is the first day of spring, and it’s my daughter’s birthday, so basically it’s the holiday season around here!

Standard:

  • RL.9-10.3. 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: 

Students will read act IV of Julius Caesar and then create a descriptive bubble map for one of the characters.

Activator:

Work Session:

So, 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. How does someone make fighting a civil war boring? Well, it takes a special skill that you’ll see demonstrated today… We can use this as an opportunity to talk about how you focus your writing, because you can totally make boring things interesting and interesting things boring just by changing the focus of your writing.

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

Closing Session:

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, Portia, Calpurnia, or Antony.

Differentiation:

Different length reading parts based on readiness and interest; choice of character for bubble map.

Assessment:

Bubble maps will be graded

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