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Lesson: Twelfth Night Reading Log


Author: Carly Friesen
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 9 - 12

Introduction

To help with your comprehension of the play, as well as to prepare you for class discussions and activities, you will keep a reading log, creating one entry per scene of the play.

Goals

Directions

Pick a reading strategy. Make sure you understand how to do it, using the rubric, example, and tips as a guide. Read the scene using your strategy. Complete a journal entry in which you respond to the text. You may also choose to respond to the prompt provided.


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Activity: Act 1, scene 1


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Directions

Pick a reading strategy and read the scene using your strategy. Then, complete a journal entry in which you respond to the text, or to the prompt provided: Within the language of the play, how does Shakespeare immediately introduce the audience to Orsino?s identity and role through his dialogue and actions?



Activity: Act 1, scene 2


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Directions

Pick a reading strategy and read the scene using your strategy. Then, complete a journal entry in which you respond to the text, or to the prompt provided: Shakespeare often disguises one gender as another in his plays. The audiences of past and present believe this to be silly or ludicrous, but yet go along with it to serve the purpose of the plot. How does this cross-dressing add complexity and add humor to the performance? What modern examples do we see used in literature and film?



Activity: Act 1, scene 3


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Directions

Pick a reading strategy and read the scene using your strategy. Then, complete a journal entry in which you respond to the text, or to the prompt provided: Humor and comedy often lies in what is considered to be socially vulgar or inappropriate. How does Shakespeare use 'off-color' comments to evoke laughter from the audience. Additionally, what physical actions would the actors use to help elicit this same response?



Activity: Act 1, scene 4


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Directions

Pick a reading strategy and read the scene using your strategy. Then, complete a journal entry in which you respond to the text, or to the prompt provided: Shakespeare's comedies often rely on foiled expectations and mistaken, unexpected love to develop the story. Predict how things could go wrong within the structure of the elements of plot so far. What might happen between Orsino and Olivia? Olivia and Cesario? Orsino and Cesario/Viola?



Activity: Act 1, scene 5


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Directions

Pick a reading strategy and read the scene using your strategy. Then, complete a journal entry in which you respond to the text, or to the prompt provided: In Line 69, Feste tells Olivia "The more fool, Madonna, to mourn for your brother's soul, being in heaven. Take away the fool, gentlemen." Which person should be taken away? Who is foolish, sensible, and why? Also, Orsino has been trying desperately to win the affection of Olivia, yet Cesario unwittingly wins her regard in their very first meeting. What qualities does Cesario possess that Orsino lacks, or what other factors make the situation different?




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