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Julius Caesar | Complete Teaching Unit with Workbook & Answer Key

Julius Caesar | Complete Teaching Unit with Workbook & Answer Key

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This 160-page complete teaching unit has everything you'll need to deliver profoundly engaging lessons on William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Capture your students' attention with daily worksheets that are equal parts visually stimulating and intellectually substantive. Inspire students to arrive at a whole new depth of insight while falling in love with Shakespeare's plays!   

 

Here's what you'll find in this editable 160-page complete unit:

 • Introduction to Shakespeare's World: The 30-page introduction includes five handouts covering topics like Shakespeare's biography, the language of Renaissance England, the construction of the Globe Theater, how to recognize iambic pentameter, and more. Every handout is followed by a comprehension check, practice exercise, or quiz. You could spend up to a week with the introductory handouts — or skip them altogether. Answer keys included. (30 pages)

• STUDENT WORKBOOKS on Julius Caesar: The 50-page workbook features highly engaging worksheets on every scene in Julius Caesar. Each worksheet is divided into sections which invite students to engage with the text in a variety of different ways:

  • The Passage Analysis section invite students to analyze one or two key passages from each scene.
  • The Evidence Hunt challenges students to answer an interpretive question by finding the best textual evidence to support their answer.
  • The Comparing Quotations section invites students to make connections between quotations from different scenes in the play.
  • The Discussion Question section features three higher-order questions designed to foster lively discussions and interpretive debates among students.
  • The Quick Writes challenge students to compose short arguments that require the support of carefully selected textual evidence — leading to keen interpretive insights!

• Workbook Answer Key: The 50-page answer key to the workbook provides detailed answers to the passage analysis, evidence hunt, and comparing quotations sections. The answer key is informed by the best books and articles written by leading Shakespeare scholars: Marjorie Garber (Harvard), Stephen Greenblatt (Harvard), Coppélia Kahn (Brown), Emma Smith (Oxford), and many others. (50 pages)

 Figurative Language Quiz: The quiz challenges students to identify 7 types of figurative language — metaphor, simile, metonymy, paradox, personification, apostrophe, and hyperbole — used across 20 quotations from Julius Caesar. Also included is a glossary with definitions of the types of figurative language as well as examples of how they're used in the early scenes of Shakespeare's play — so you can begin reviewing the types of figurative language with students before they tackle the quiz. Answer key included. (5 pages)

 Analytical Writing Assignment: Challenge students to take their interpretations one step further by writing an analytical paper on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Let students choose from one of 5 thought-provoking sample topics — or invite them to develop a topic of their own. Writing schedule, outline template, and rubric included. (8 pages)

• Pacing Guide: The pacing guide provides suggestions about which scenes to assign for homework to make sure the nightly workload is manageable while each class session is maximally productive. (2 pages)


This unit will come to you in two separate formats: Word docs and PDF. Because the Word docs are fully editable, you'll be able to customize them to suit your teaching style or the skill levels of your students — year after year. If you don't have Microsoft Word, you'll still be able to access the full unit in PDF format — which is easy to navigate and quick to print!

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I'm eager to do everything I can to help ensure that you have an amazing experience with teaching Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. If you have any questions along the way, please don't hesitate to get in touch via the email address below. I'm always happy to hear from fellow teachers who share a passion for great literature!

Happy teaching,

Adam Jernigan

adamjernigan@gmail.com

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