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Technology Integration Assignment: Julius Caesar

Technology Integration Assignment: Julius Caesar

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This lesson plan incorporates online tools that will help students make a claim as to which character serves as a tragic hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
This lesson plan incorporates online tools that will help students make a claim as to which character serves as a tragic hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

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Class Time: 3-5 Class Periods (50 minutes each)
Overview 
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.
Lesson Description
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?
 
Objectives
Students will be able to...analyze thespeech, actions, relationships, and thoughts of three major charactersfrom
 Julius Caesar
.create a mind map that traces the characterization of characters.define w hat makes a character a tragic hero.use an interactive essay map to create an outline for an argument of definition essay.take a position on a debatable topic and provide textual evidence for support.publish a 2-minute video on Xtranormal that asserts which character bestexemplifies the role of the tragic hero.
Online Tools/Links
Gliffy ( www.gliffy.com) - Create a mind map for free. This diagramming softwareallows students to share their creations with other students who are working togetherin a group.ReadWriteThink Essay Map - ( www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/essaymap/) - This interactive essay map creates a graphic organizer for studentspreparing to write a formal essay. Students follow the prompts for what to enter in eachfield and can save and print a copy when completed.Xtranormal ( www.xtranormal.com) - This is a free online tool that turns originaldialogue into a 3D animation. Students can choose the characters, setting, cameraangles, character gestures and speech to create their own animated movie.Rubistar ( www.rubistar.4teachers.org) - A free rubric generator for teachers.
 
 Activities
1.After reading
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare, recall withstudents the definition of a tragic hero.2. Individually or with a partner, students need to have access to a computer withInternet capabilities. Once established at a computer, direct students to the Gliffy  website ( www.gliffy.com). Students will need to register for a free Gliffy onlineaccount in order to receive 5 free diagrams.3. After registering, students open a new document and begin mapping thecharacterization of Brutus, Cassius, and Caesar. Students should be encouraged toinclude color, text, and graphics in their design. Students must find evidence of character thoughts, speech, actions, and relationships from the text for each of thethree characters. Below is a skeleton for a possible template idea. Students shouldsave and print their image when completed.

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