Exploring Loyalty: William Shakespeareís Julius Caesar
Unit Length and Description:
Students will explore the ideas of ambition and failure, and good and evil. They will learn that conflicts serve as the basis of a textís meaning and that distinguishing the internal and external conflicts of a story reveal the conflicting motivations of complex characters. Students will come to understand how complex characters advance a plot and develop a theme, reflecting real life in which conflicting motivations propel humans to act in different ways.
This unit will focus on craft and structure and integration of knowledge and ideas.† Writing will be predominately narrative with some focus on informative/explanatory and argumentative.
Skill(s): analyzing two or more literary texts/authorís claims
Reading Informational Texts:
Skill(s): integrating and evaluating diverse formats of media
Skill(s): delineating/evaluating arguments/claims
Skill(s): analyzing two or more informational texts
Skill(s): narrative writing
Skill(s): gathering information and assessing credibility
Skill(s): drawing evidence to support analysis, reflection, or research.
Speaking and Listening
Skill(s): presenting information
Skill(s): using technology
Skill(s): adapting speech
Skill(s): determining or clarifying definitions of words with multiple
a) using context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase,
b) identifying and correctly using patterns of word changes to indicate different meanings or parts of speech,
c) consulting general and specialized reference materials, both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, or its etymology, and
d) verifying the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase.
Skill(s): demonstrating understanding of figurative language
a) interpreting figures of speech in context and analyzing their role in the text, and
b) analyzing nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
∑ Different people have different views of loyalty.
∑ In drama, especially tragedies, there are many elements that drive the story forward.
∑ Reading classical drama allows us to have a better understanding of other cultures as well as how our own has developed over time.
∑ Manipulation and deceit can cause a person to deny his or her conscience.
∑ Ambition and power, when combined, may cause a person to become dangerous.
∑ How do we display loyalty in our daily lives?
∑ What dramatic elements contribute to tragedies?
∑ How have Greek and Roman culture and literature influenced our own culture and literature?
∑ How does manipulation and/or deceit affect oneís decision making?
∑ How much power and ambition is too much?