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lesson 16
1 hour

Text to Film Comparison: Bottom’s Transformation


In this lesson, students read lines 76–208 of Act 3, Scene 1, in which Puck comes upon the tradesmen rehearsing their version of Pyramus and Thisbe in the woods. The scene marks the first time the tradesmen’s world interacts with that of Oberon, Titania, and the forest fairies. The focus of the scene is Bottom’s transformation (Puck turns his head into a donkey’s) and Titania’s sudden love for Bottom the fool when she awakens under the influence of Oberon’s flower. The playful language, particularly Shakespeare’s repetition of the word “ass,” will engage students in the comedy of the scene.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.



From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 Module 2B, Unit 1, Lesson 16. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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