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Book Report Alternative: Characters for Hire! Studying Character in Drama

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Book Report Alternative: Characters for Hire! Studying Character in Drama

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Haley Fishburn Moore

Hopkinsville, Kentucky


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • Copies of the play the class is reading

  • Computers with access to the Internet and word processing software

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  • Have students read the selected Shakespearean drama. Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night's Dream all work well with this activity and are appropriate for high school classes. Other plays that would work well include The Glass Menagerie, The Crucible, and Our Town.

  • Determine whether this activity would suit your students best as a group or individual assignment. The activity requires a significant amount of inference and creativity, so students may benefit from a cooperative arrangement.

  • Arrange for students to have appropriate computer access (Internet and word processing capabilities) for Sessions Two, Three, and Four.

  • Preview and bookmark Websites from the Shakespeare and Resume Writing Web Resources as well as other favorites on drama and business writing.

  • Test the Writing Resumes for Fictional Characters student interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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