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"Julius Caesar" Speech Analysis StAIR


"Julius Caesar" Speech Analysis StAIR

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This is a Stand Alone Instructional Resource (StAIR) analizing Shakespearean English in the context of a "Julius Caesar." Students will recieve explicit instruction on how to read (and comprehend) Shakespearean English. Afterwards, they will be given excerpts from the play and have to decide if the excerpt was said by a character loyal to the Conspiracy or loyal to Triumvirate.
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Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: April 21, 2013
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 09, 2016
Submitter: Leonard Poage
Keywords: Julius Caesar, Stand Alone Instructional Resource, Shakespeare, English Literature


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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School
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Language: English
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Avatar for Lauren Stark
3 years ago

Lauren Stark (Teacher (K-12))

I like how you explain everything. The only thing I really noticed was that all the answers were the same before half time and were the opposite answer after the half time.  Students migth figure that out and stop reading.  You might want to mix up a few of the slides.  

Technical Remarks:

Try to embed the videos.  It migth save time from them needing to load or students getting distracted on youtube.  

Time spent reviewing site: 10-15 minutes

Avatar for Bob Poelking
3 years ago

Bob Poelking (Faculty)

An excellent introduction to reading Shakespeare; as someone who always ended up watching the BBC plays from the 60's (I'd still recommend it though) instead of just reading through the dense, Shakesperian texts, I wish I'd had this in school. This Kiosk does a great job of gently walking the student through the skills it takes to read and (more importnantly) understanding The Bard. A particularly helpful part of this PowerPoint is that Mr. Poage helps the reader stay appraised of how far along they are. Much like reading Hamlet in one sitting, PowerPoints with no sense of length can seem interminable, even if they are not, so Kudos for that. One last thing, the conversational tone of this activity is fantastic, giving the impression that one is working with the author.

Avatar for Rob White
3 years ago

Rob White (Administrator)

Nice work.  The resouces that you included will be helpful for students.  I can see the students having fun answering the questions about Julius Caesar.  

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes

Avatar for Dale Wegienka
3 years ago

Dale Wegienka (IT Tech)



I think you did a great job of creating your StAIR on Julius Caesar. I really liked the resources that you included on how to understand Shakespeare.  You did a good job of giving the learner a good foundation of how to understand the overall story and how to understand the style of writing. I think that the direct instructional strategy is a good one for this type of topic. The design of the presentation is nice and pleasing to the eye.


If there is one thing I could point out that would make this StAIR a better educational tool is to not have all of the same answers for each section. I think that if you changed it up and made it more challenging it would make the learner think instead of just choosing an answer.






Technical Remarks:

All of the technical links seemed to be working well.

Time spent reviewing site: I spent about 30 minutes on this site.