William Shakespeare, the revered master of drama, be it tragedy or comedy, composed arguably one of his best works in The Merchant of Venice, a play that swings the pendulum between comedy and tragedy with practiced ease. The play opens by introducing us to Bassanio and Antonio, who are close friends. Bassanio beseeches Antonio to loan him a sizable amount of money so that he may woo the lovely Portia, a woman of great wealth. Antonio greatly desires to do so, but with his equity tied up in ships that have yet to reach port, he turns to Shylock, a Jew with a fierce dislike for Antonio. Asking Shylock for a three thousand ducat loan, Shylock decides to ask for no interest, but instead gives an exact date for the loan’s repayment, with the stipulation that, should the loan not be repaid, he may take a pound of Antonio’s flesh. The portrayal of Shylock in early productions was initially utterly unsympathetic, but modern takes now examine the Jewish man as an object of abject racial prejudice, whose vengeful mission is perhaps not entirely villainous, but misguided. Of particular note is Shylock’s famous speech, stating “Hath not a Jew eyes? … If you prick us, do we not bleed?” A marvel to see on stage and to read on page, The Merchant of Venice is a complex drama, deserving of its critical acclaim.
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Containing 11 reproducible exercises to maximize vocabulary development and comprehension skills, these guides include pre-and post-reading activities, story synopses, key vocabulary, and answer keys.
Introduce your students to the famous literary accomplishments of William Shakespeare. Easy-reading adaptations will ignite the interest of reluctant and enthusiastic readers. Each of these condensed works is arranged in ten-chapter format with key words designed and used in context. Multiple-choice questions require students to recall specific details, sequence events, draw influences, develop new story names, and choose the main idea. Improves fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. High-Interest/Low Readability. Each book includes: interdisciplinary teaching suggestions, 100 comprehension questions, 60 vocabulary exercises, complete answer keys, and 72 pages with illustrations in every chapter.
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Exploring the complexities of a Shakespearean play has never been so fun and easy! Saddleback's Shakespeare Made Easy series is the perfect supplemental resource to help you introduce Shakespeare to your students. Containing 30 reproducible activities - six individual sections with four activities and one review - each guide will help students thoroughly understand and appreciate Shakespeare's language, themes, and characters.Included in each study guide is a final exam, culminating activities, as well as an answer key.
Thirty-five reproducible activities per guide reinforce basic reading and comprehension skills while teaching higher-order critical thinking. Also included are teaching suggestions, background notes, summaries, and answer keys.
Curriculum guide for The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare; aligned to Common Core standards. Includes objectives, teacher notes, individual and group activities, student handouts with suggested responses, writing topics, culminating activities, and a character quiz and an objective test with answer keys. Students analyze characters, motivations, and consequences. They focus on the interweaving of multiple plots, as well as recognize fairy tale elements. They examine comic devices and stage conventions. Students study the portrayal of Shylock over the centuries. PDF format allows posting handouts directly to a LMS or to student devices. 12 Lesson Plans/25 Handouts