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Constructing New Understanding Through Choral Readings of Shakespeare
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Copies of The Tempest, or any other play by Shakespeare (most of which are available online)
- Video example of choral reading
- Video camera for filming student performances (optional)
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
Useful for a wide variety of reading and writing activities, this outlining tool allows students to organize up to five levels of information.
- Choral Reading Introduction and Guidelines
- Choral Reading Student Example
- Choral Reading Rubric
- Choral Reading Student Rubric
- Choral Reading Reflection
- This lesson assumes that students have read The Tempest or another play by Shakespeare in its entirety and that they have engaged in group and full-class discussion of character and theme. The purpose of the activity is to provide a reflective, performance-based, culminating activity for a unit on The Tempest. See these related ReadWriteThink lessons for ideas on teaching the play of your choice: Book Report Alternative: Characters for Hire! Studying Character in a Drama, Happily Ever After? Exploring Character, Conflict, and Plot in a Dramatic Tragedy, and Unlocking the Underlying Symbolism and Themes of a Dramatic Work.
- Prepare copies of all necessary student handouts.
- Arrange for a computer with a projector to show the video example of choral reading. Bookmark the video example of choral reading page and test the media program and volume on your computer. Obtain external speakers if necessary. If you do not have access to a projector, students can watch the example on individual computers.
- Arrange for student access to Internet-connected computers.
- If you are unfamiliar with choral reading, refer to Web resources such as the PBS site The Importance of Using Multiple Methods of Reading Instruction (see heading labeled Choral Reading) or Reading-Strategies-Help.com page and share appropriate information with students.
- Arrange for a CD player for students to use during their performances.
- Arrange to use a video camera during performances (optional).
- Test the ReadWriteThink Notetaker on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.