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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!


  • 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.


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.


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


Bubble maps will be graded

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Standard: ELA10RL4 The student employs a variety of writing genres to demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of significant ideas in selected literary works. The student composes essays, narratives, poems, or technical documents.

Learning Target: Students will learn about plot and make some practice plot maps, and then draft for their own short story.

Activator: Beginning, Middle, and End

Today, we talked a little about plot. We made a plot diagram for “One Thousand Dollars” and one for “There Will Come Soft Rains.” Although authors take some liberties with using various elements of plot, I think it’s safe to say that most short story authors use all the elements of plot in their work. Therefore, I am asking you to do the same in your short story.

Here’s a couple pictures of plot diagrams:

Plot Diagram

After talking about plot, I wanted to give you guys some time to draft on your own short story – you should still have that green sheet in your folder 🙂 If not, I’ve got extras! 

And finally, we ended the day reading more of The Hunger Games. We’re moving right along now – I hope you guys are liking it!