The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

Working with the filmed verison (2004) of Shakespeare’s play.


Before watching the film

Read the story synopsis and the plot overview 

Have a look at themes in The Merchant of Venice: from Sparksnotes

Check up historical references to find out about Venice in the 13th-14th Century, and the status of the Jewish Community in England at Shakespeare’s time.

Find some famous quotes  and expressession (5-10) from The Merchant of Venice. Make a list of these. Find out what they mean or how they are used today.

All Great Quotes: http://www.allgreatquotes.com/shakespearequotes_merchant_venice.shtml

William Shakespeare Quotes: http://www.william-shakespeare.info/quotes-quotations-play-merchant-of-venice.htm

Sparknotes: Important Quotes Explained http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/merchant/quotes.html

You should then watch/listen to the film and pay attention to when and how these words/sentences are used in the story.


After watching the film

Discuss themes in The Merchant of Venice:  use themes from LitCharts

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Discuss the situation of the Jewish community in the story?

Which famous quotes/expressions did you notice and in which context were they used (when and how these words/sentences were used) in the story. Do you see any difference in how these expressions are used today compared to how they are used in the film (play)?

Civil Rights…(Lesson 1)

Lesson plan Civil Rights in the English Speaking World

Civil Rights in the English Speaking World

The outline and lesson plans are constructed for lessons which are 60- 90 minutes long.  The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS: Civil rights_Eng6_Lessonplan or read online.

Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.

 

 

 


Lesson 1

I. Introduction to the work unit: written instructions are given out, explanations: requirements and time frame etc (see Outline above).
Martin Luther King Jr. - The Civil Rights Movement

II. Martin Luther King Jr. is a logical starting point for the project Civil Rights – in the English Speaking World. The teachers gives an introduction to the Black Civil Rights Movement in the USA.

A. Presentation Martin Luther King Jr.1415297898_stock_save-pdfMartin Luther King jr CC

 

B. On National Geographic’s web page you can find background and vocabulary useful for studying the issue.

C. a timeline is also useful,

D. and  Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech

    is easier to follow if you can also read the text as you listen.

E. For those who want to know more –  The King Center is a good place to start.

F. National Geographic also has more material for those who want to focus on other areas of civil rights.

G. Also see, Civil Rights Movement from History



III. Watch TEDTalk, Yoruba Richen: What the gay rights movement learned from the civil rights movement

You can also read the TEDBlog, What the LGBT movement learned from civil rights: Yoruba Richen at TED2014 http://blog.ted.com/what-the-lgbt-movement-learned-from-civil-rights-yoruba-richen-at-ted2014/

IV. After watching the film, together in class discuss Civil right in the USA and compare to the situation in your own country.

V. Introduce other areas of civil rights in the English speaking world.

  • The Stolen Children (Australia) and other indigenous populations
  • Women’s lib
  • War veterans
  • Religious groups
  • … suggestions from the students

VI. Students start looking for information and to decide their topic.

A document with a list of sources should be set up;

The teacher shows students how to use the Harvard generator referencing web sources. Just cut and paste your url (the text in you search window) and you will get a proper reference, which you then cut and paste into your reference list.

This first list are possible sources to work with such as: text, film, audio… (links), books, etc. This   list you should then continue to work with as you research your project.


Homework 1: As preparation for next lesson – choose one area of civil rights and start looking for information. Your choice should be set before next lesson. Turn in your chosen topic to your teacher and your list of sources so far. Name your document Civil Rights_references_class_your name.

Also see 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS: Civil rights_Eng6_Lessonplan


Civil rights

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights
Civil Rights – a themed project in English 6
Civil Rights…(Lesson 2)

 

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 6)

Lesson plan The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.

INSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan

The outline and lesson plans are constructed for six lessons which are 90-120 minutes long. For shorter lessons the planned content needs to be spread out over two or more lessons. The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan or read online. Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.


Lesson 6

I. Themes: 101 Common Book Themes

II. The teacher ask students to explain what a theme is. It is essential for writing about themes that you understand the concept.


III.Identifying the Theme in Literature


IV. Group activity – Discuss in groups of 3-5 students. (The teacher will construct the groups). As preparation each student has finished reading the book.

– What themes can you see in your book?

– Give 3-5 examples from the text to support the themes you have found inte the text.

Hand in: Either take notes or make a recording of your discussion and hand in before the end of the lesson.


V. Extra help: Themes and Motifs in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time


How to Write a Book ReportVI. How to construct a logical text. Using the instruction How to Write a Book report.

 


VII. Students start writing the final text in class, where the teacher can give immediate feedback and help with clarifying instructions.

 


Homework 6: Final text. Write a book report (600-800 words) using the instruction 1415297898_stock_save-pdfHow to write a book report. In your text you should also discuss themes (support your discussion with examples from the text) and finish by stating your own opinion. This text will be graded (A-F).


The Curious Incident… (Lesson 1)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 2)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 3)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 4)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 5)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 5)

Lesson plan The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.

INSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan

The outline and lesson plans are constructed for six lessons which are 90-120 minutes long. For shorter lessons the planned content needs to be spread out over two or more lessons. The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan or read online. Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.


I.Themes:

What are themes? and how do I find them? Theme in Literature

Finding a Theme of a Book

Literary Devices: Theme and examples of themes http://literarydevices.net/theme/

Common themes in literature – tutorial http://www.sophia.org/tutorials/common-themes-in-literature

II. The teacher gives examples of themes in well known stories, for example Lord of The Rings, Snow White etc… And ask students to give examples of stories, films, books… with common themes for example love, good and evil.

 

III.Teacher feedback on the second writing task (Homework 4). IV. Students read in class while individual feedback is given.


Homework 5: Finish reading the book chapters 191-233 for next lesson. Think about themes in the book. Also prepare 3-5 examples from the text to discuss next lesson.


 

Diving into the Wreck (Adrienne Rich)

Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich is a poem about identity, about finding oneself.


To read the poem (and comments) see  On “Diving into the Wreck” and How to Read a Poem from poets.org

What do you notice first? What about the title? What wreck? Think about it, but it may not  be necessary to determine exactly what the wreck might be.
Why does the narrator bring  the book, the camera, and the knife for the dive? What do these details say to you?

By the end of the poem, the identity of the narrator moves between one and many, between male and female. Why ? The poem doesn’t have a definite “answer,” but there are many points to discuss. What do you read from it?

 


Also listen to Adrienne Rich on what makes poetry possible


To talk about poetry it is good to know some words such as ‘stanza’. “The word stanza means ‘room’ in Italian…and each stanza is like a room in a house, a lyric dwelling place,” (Edward Hirsch, A Poet’s Glossary). Definitions of stanza and more poetry vocabulary can be found at poetryarchive.org/glossary.


This post is a collection of digital material which can be used for learning and teaching.

The Language of Life (Bill Moyers)

Painting with words. Poetry is not a dead artform. It was not only written by people now long dead. Poetry is alive and it has power. The American poet Bill Moyers calls it ”the living text”.

The Language of Life with Bill Moyers: Welcome to the Mainland


To talk about poetry it is good to know some words such as ‘stanza’. “The word stanza means ‘room’ in Italian…and each stanza is like a room in a house, a lyric dwelling place,” (Edward Hirsch, A Poet’s Glossary). Definitions of stanza and more poetry vocabulary can be found at poetryarchive.org/glossary.


This post is a collection of digital material which can be used for learning and teaching.

”The Walrus and the Carpenter” & Lewis Carroll

Poetry is an artform. It is different from ‘regular’ text, more condensed and ”frequently rely for their effect on imagery, word association, and the musical qualities of the language used.” (poetry.org)

Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland. You can listen to Chapter 1 below.


The Walrus and the Carpenter” is a poem from the novel Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.

 (The original extract from Alice in Wonderland (1951))


 

(Lewis Carroll ~ The Walrus and The Carpenter ~ poem with text)


This presentation [below] ”of the beautifully ridiculous, ridiculously beautiful ”The Walrus and the Carpenter” breaks the poem into each of its stanzas and sometimes into individual lines. Each stanza or line is accompanied by an image from National Geographic.”

NG Geostory_The Walrus and the Carpenter
https://www.geostories.org/geoplayer/the-walrus-and-the-carpenter-br-and-national-geographic/gesE788383BC37DF7039/slate/arial/940/ges7ABCC8A028CDB16BF/geoplay


Poetry FoundationMore poems by Lewis Carroll to be found at Poetry Foundation which is a good site for poetry; ”The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.


NG The Wonderland of Lewis CarollNational Geographic also has an article ”The Wonderland of Lewis Caroll” available to read and view digitally. It is free but requires you to register. I recommend it!


This post is a collection of digital material which can be used for learning and teaching.

JF Kennedy: Who was he and why is he important?

When learning English as a second language you also learn about the English speaking world, which includes history and politics.

How much do you know about the Cold war period and the president JF Kennedy? Who was he and why is he important?


John F. Kennedy Assassination 1963 – Stock Footage Newsreel


 

NG Geostory JFK_imageMany English textbooks for ESL have texts or chapters on JFK where you can also learn about the time and the man. To learn more about JFK see:  A President and His Assassin from National Geograhic Education, where I recommend A President and His Assassin Geostory . (Unfortunately not embedded here. Follow the link below)

https://www.geostories.org/geoplayer/kennedy-and-oswald-a-president-and-his-assassin/ges2B761CADE3939FABC/slate/arial/940/ges7ABCC8A028CDB16BF/geoplay


The short news item 50 Years later: The JFK Assasination from CNN.com is dated but still interesting because it shows something of his importance in American society still. You may also like 5 things you might not know about JFK’s assassination (also from CNN).


And Lee Harvey Oswald, who was he? There are many questions around the JFK assassination which are still unanswered.

Newsreel of Lee Harvey Oswald getting shot


Killing Kennedy is an interactive experience from National Geographic (click below)

Killing Kennedy _NG


This post is a collection of digital material which can be used for learning and teaching.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights

NG MLKjrMartin Luther King Jr. is a logical starting point for the project Civil rights Eng6.

For those who want to know more –  The King Center is a good place to start.

On National Geographic’s web page you can find background and vocabulary useful for studying the issue.

A timeline is also useful, and   Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech (listen here below) is easier to follow if you can also read the text as you listen.



National Geographic also has more material for those who want to focus on other areas of civil rights (click below).

NG civil rights


Civil rights

Civil Rights – a themed project in English 6
Civil rights…(Lesson 1)
Civil Rights…(Lesson 2)

Civil Rights – a themed project in English 6

Civil Rights in the English Speaking World

Civil Rights in the English Speaking world is a project for intended for the course English 6 (ENGENG06), but it can be used for other levels of English learning as well.

Fetch as pdf: 1415297998_file_acrobatCivil rights Eng6

A suggestion is to introduce the theme Civil Rights with  Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous speech;

”I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Listen to the speech, read the full text and more on the page Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights
Civil rights…(Lesson 1)
Civil Rights…(Lesson 2)

For teachers: You find the instructions and lesson plan for  Civil Rights as well as other themes and work units at the page Assignments and lesson plans. You are free to use and share all of the documents.


Civil rights

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights
Civil rights…(Lesson 1)
Civil Rights…(Lesson 2)