Seniors in Ms. Hrabosky’s British literature classes read A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare in class over several weeks. Students enjoyed reading the play in Shakespearean as well as presenting their character lines in different voices, tones, and dialects which gave them a change of pace from our everyday vernacular English. Once the unit was finished, students constructed various projects and presented them to the class: dioramas that depicted a scene from the play, dressing up as a character and presenting a monologue from the play to the class, writing a compare and contrast essay on the different types of comedies that exist today to Shakespearean comedy, and writing an essay explaining courtship and how it has changed over the years. The seniors thought that A Midsummer Night’ Dream was entertaining, that it contained several dysfunctional relationships, and that it was interesting since there was a play within the play. Overall, students enjoyed our Shakespearean unit.
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