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Midsummer: Act V Print Page

The Least You Should Know: Basic Comprehension

1. Why do you think Shakespeare included a play within a play?

2. What do the fairies do after the palace goes to sleep?

3. Who does Puck address at the play's end?

4. What is the purpose of this last speech?


Vocabulary Power: Words to Know

  • mirth
  • audacious
  • broached
  • tarrying
  • valor
  • wane
  • beguiled
  • shroud 
  • sprite

    Show What You Know! Project Selection


    Select a prompt you are interested in from the list below.  Understand that many may require outside research and additional reading.  By __________ you should be ready to share your ideas, research, and understanding through a gallery walk poster (sources listed on back in MLA format) , a short Socratic dialogue (5 min), or a Power Point presentation (6 slide minimum + title slide).  You may work with up to two additional people, but each person will be graded separately; effort, individual input, and clarity of thought will be graded.

    •  Define "tragedy," "comedy," and "romance" in the literary sense of the words. Explain how A Midsummer Night's Dream may fall into each of these categories.
    •  Are the characters' actions believably motivated? Why or why not?
    •  Compare and contrast the female characters in the play: Hermia, Helena, Titania, and Hippolyta.  Show how they may be foils of each other.
    •  Compare and contrast the male characters in the play: Lysander, Demetrius, Oberon and Theseus.  Show how they may be foils of each other.
    •  Why do we get to know the players in the Pyramus and Thisby play? What does our insight into their characters add to Shakespeare's play?
    •  What parallels are there between Pyramus and Thisby and A Midsummer Night's Dream?
    •  How does A Midsummer Night's Dream portray people in love? Explain your answer using examples from the text.  What lessons, or themes, is Shakespeare giving his audience?

    Show What You Know! Project Expectations


    • One typed page with Socratic questions       Minimum two main discussion questions + necessary supporting questions (5-10 minutes in total)

    • Rules and procedures for your Socratic to include physical set-up, rules established for participants regarding response (hands, chips, tapping in/out, hot seat); estimated time provided and plan for wrap-up
    • References (Acts, scenes) that you used/will use as evidence for your questions, talking points     
    • Each partner must provide his/her individual page on turn-in date, and he/she may indicate any additional research done on topic by providing a separate MLA citation sheet
    • Your presentation date will be ______________; dress to impress!


    • One typed Works Cited page done in MLA style attached to back of poster      Minimum two resources per person working on poster
    • Poster must feature your name(s) in the upper right-hand corner on front; additionally, it must have prominent title (eye-catching, clever). Additional text appropriately sized for gallery walk; readers not straining to read
    • Visuals/symbols, words, and clear evidence from the play must be featured
    • During the gallery walk you and your partner(s) will stand near poster (science-fair style) and give “talking points” to visitors; additionally you may hand out any notes, “bookmarks” you feel compliment your piece; at the conclusion of walk, you will briefly share your talking points with the whole group
    • Your presentation date will be ______________; dress to impress!


    • Jump drive labeled/placed in small envelope/baggie; may also email to instructor as backup       Minimum six slides + title slide (your/partner(s) names, appropriate title of show); Colored slides with background, appropriate/unique graphics, and text-rich evidence
    • References (Acts, scenes) used/will use as evidence should be featured.  For example, bullet might be followed by (III, 2)
    • Speaking points for lesson prepared and practiced; this is a teaching lesson, not merely a reading of slides; 3-5 minutes maximum
    • Interactive component for audience: note-taking, quiz, q&a, bookmark, etc. What will you have us do?  Submit on due date with post-it note to indicate number of copies needed
    • Your presentation date will be ______________; dress to impress!




    Visualizing the Play


    Model projects

    Student-led Socratic Circle

    Click on the links to see some project models.  

    What works? What might I change?


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