Throughout their study of the play, students have been asked to focus on one specific theme: “control.” This was done both because this theme is likely of interest to adolescents and because the focus helps to better support students as they prepare to write their argument essay. However, as was noted in Unit 1, part of Shakespeare’s universal appeal is that his plays include many rich themes. This lesson focuses on Shakespeare’s craft, and allows students to think about how Shakespeare crafted a text in which other themes simultaneously come through.
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Bilingual Language Progressions
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From EngageNY.org of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 Module 2B, Unit 2, Lesson 8.
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