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Activating Shakespeare's Dream 


Educators can use these resources to enhance and expand curriculum. Whether you’re teaching remotely, working in a school, or homeschooling you will find engaging resources, videos, and live digital events that activate and enhance the BardWired experience.  

The curriculum website was created with the hope that you can hand it over to your students and let them travel down the Midsummer rabbit hole. See below to learn more about our exciting new programming and start preparing for your journey into the magical forest.

 


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Diving into Shakespeare can be daunting. In these activities, videos, and lessons students explore the language and history of Elizabethan England and the work of the Bard himself.

How you can use this page with your students: 

  •  Get Students acclimated to Shakespearean Language: Introduce the structure and sound of Shakespeare's writing style by having students watch the video activities on Punctuation and Alliteration. Then use the accompanying worksheets to evaluate understanding. 
  • Embody the Text:  Students learn to unpack the text and characters' thoughts by getting up on their feet in the Walk Out Shakespeare activity video.
    Take it Further: Assign each student their own soliloquy to walk out and then perform. 
  • Connect with History: Listen to the Podcast on Elizabethan Actors and have students compare how the productions would have originally looked with how we presented it in 2020.
    Take it Further: Have a discussion on gender and gender expression with your class. Check out these below resources from our friends at ALSO Youth on how to facilitate conversations about gender. 
  • Explore the future of Shakespeare: Use the Interrogating The Bard section as a guide for classroom discussion, as essay prompts, or as test questions.

     

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Immerse your students in the forest of Midsummer as they explore this classic story and its themes. 

How you can use this page with your students:  

  • Get to know the Show: Before watching the show, give students a roadmap for understanding and engaging with Midsummer by having them watch the Webisdode and answer the discussion questions. 
  • Physicalize Characters: Get your class moving as you watch the Move Like Your Character video. 
    Take it Further: Have your students go through this exercise and move like each of the characters in Midsummer. 
  • Look Behind the Scenes: Have students explore our week by week process of creating the production. 
    Take it Further: Have students create a week-by-week breakdown for how they would have created their own socially distant production. 
  • Talk About It: Use the Think About It section as a guide for classroom discussion before watching the show and after viewing. These questions can also work as essay prompts or as test questions.

     

8870_MND Microsite_420x420 new3.jpgThe Athenians

Get to know the Athenian characters in our production through activities designed to unlock the themes of finding your voice and self-efficacy.

 

How you can use this page with your students: 

  • Protagonist Debates: After listening to the podcast in the Playing Protagonist section, have your students debate on who they think the true protagonist of this show is. This section and Think About It questions lend themselves nicely to a written assignment. 
  • Interrogate Character Development: Students can listen to the podcasts on Hermia's Journey and the relationships in the play and then respond to the discussion questions. 

     

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Break free from the laws and constructs of society. Students will explore the scenic, costume, and film design of our production as they journey through our magical forest.

How you can use this page with your students: 

  • Begin a Creative Process: Introduce students to the process of inspiration, collaboration, and adaptation that happens behind the scenes when creating theatre. 
  • Adapt a Classic: Explore the ways that director Celine Rosenthal adapted to challenges as she directed. Then have your students brainstorm ways that they could have done their adapting when creating their own version of Midsummer
  • Talk About It: Use the Think About It prompts to have students begin brainstorming their own design concepts for Midsummer.  

     

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Dive into the play-within-a-play as students explore what makes a play tragedy or a comedy.

 

How you can use this page with your students: 

  • Explore Genres: After listening to the podcast and video on Comedy vs Tragedy have students write a persuasive essay on the differences between these two theatrical genres. 
  • Performing Genre: Students watch the Comedy/Tragedy Challenge videos then have them test their performance skills by presenting a monologue in both styles. 
    Take it further: Use the Challenge Yourself prompts to explore different genres and challenges. Then discuss how these acting choices change the way the text is understood. 
  • Talk About It: Use Think About It section as a guide for classroom discussion before watching the show and after viewing. These questions can also work as essay prompts or as test questions.

     

Other ways to use this site

  • Hand the site over to your students and ask them to report back with something they were excited by. 
  • Have students create their own videos explaining an aspect of the play or unpacking a Shakesperean term. 
  • Use the site and activities to gauge comprehension and understanding of A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Standards

Check below for a detailed list of Florida State Standards that connect with grades 7th-12th.  These standards are hit by the combination of watching the production of Asolo Rep’s production of A Midsummer Nights Dream and using the online curriculum.

READING/TEXT ANALYSIS STANDARDS

  • LAFS. 4-8.RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  •  LAFS. 4-8.RL.3.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

  • LAFS. 4-8.RL.1.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

  • LAFS.910.RL.1.3 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.

VOCABULARY STANDARDS

  • LAFS.4-8.L.3.5 Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
     

  • LAFS.910.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

     

  • LAFS.1112.RL.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
     

  • LAFS.1112.RL.3.7

    Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)

THEATRE ARTS STANDARDS

  • TH.68.S.2.3 Analyze the relationships of plot, conflict, and theme in a play and transfer the knowledge to a play that contrasts in style, genre, and/or mood.

  • TH.68.H.1.5 Describe one’s own personal responses to a theatrical work and show respect for the responses of others.

  • TH.912.C.1.3 Justify a response to a theatrical experience through oral or written analysis, using correct theatre terminology.

  • TH.912.H.1.1 Analyze how playwrights’ work reflects the cultural and socio-political framework in which it was created.

  • TH.912.H.1.4 Interpret a text through different social, cultural, and historical lenses to consider how perspective and context shape a work and its characters.

  • TH.912.H.1.5 Respect the rights of performers and audience members to perform or view controversial work with sensitivity to school and community standards.

  • TH.912.H.2.1 Research the correlations between theatrical forms and the social, cultural, historical, and political climates from which they emerged, to form an understanding of the influences that have shaped theatre.

  • TH.912.H.2.2 Research and discuss the effects of personal experience, culture, and current events that shape individual response to theatrical works.

  • TH.912.H.2.6 Explore how gender, race, and age are perceived in plays and how they affect the development of theatre.

  • TH.912.H.3.2 Compare the applications of various art forms used in theatre production.


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