Class Time: 3-5 Class Periods (50 minutes each)
The Ides of March (March 15) is a well-known date in history as it marks the deathof the Roman leader, Julius Caesar. William Shakespeare tells the story of Caesar's riseand fall and leaves his audience to considerwhether Brutus, Cassius, or Caesar can bedefined as tragic heroes.This activity will allow students to uncoverthe characterization of these characters and assert an argument of definition for whichcharacter best exemplifies a tragic hero.
In this lesson, students will be examining the characters of Brutus, Cassius, and Caesarfrom William Shakespeare’s
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
as a post-reading activity.By taking a closer look at the characterization of these major characters through mindmapping, students will determine which one best fits the role of a tragic hero. Usingprior knowledge of the qualities that define a tragic hero, students will participate in aninteractive essay map to help outline their ideas for an argument of definition. Oncethey have taken a stance, the students culminating activity will be to create anXtranormal video that asserts their claim.
JULIUS CAESAR: WHO IS A TRAGIC HERO?