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unit 2
22 Instructional days (22 hours)

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar


Students read William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar in its entirety. Students continue to work with central ideas such as the relationship between the individual and the state and exercise of power, as well as new central ideas of social bonds and ethics of honor. Students’ work with Julius Caesar includes exploring Shakespeare’s craft in structuring the play and developing characters, along with analyzing the impact of powerful rhetorical language, not only on the aesthetic effects of the play but also on the plot. In addition, students refine their speaking and listening skills as they prepare to present small-group dramatic readings of key scenes from the play.


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