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Julius Caesar Lesson Plan
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Teachers and professors: Get the most from your time in the classroom when you use this lesson plan for William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. In addition to providing clear guidance though Shakespeare's language, this lesson plan offers complete character analyses as well as navigation through the play's primary themes, including power, free will, fate, and friendship. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- In Scene I of Julius Caesar, what do Flavius and Marcellus want the commoners to do? They want the commoners to break up and move along; they don't want them to celebrate Caesar's triumphs.
- What is the Soothsayer's advice to Caesar? The Soothsayer told Caesar to "Beware the Ides of March."
- Explain the difference between the views of Caesar held by Cassius and Brutus. Cassius openly wants Caesar out of power. He is jealous and wants better for himself. Brutus has been thinking about Caesar and the state of his countrymen, and at this point is ready to listen to Cassius. Although Brutus loves Caesar, he recognizes Caesar's flaws.
- Caesar clearly gives his thoughts about Cassius. What does he say? Caesar says that Cassius "has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much and such men are dangerous."
- Summarize Casca's explanation of why Caesar looked so sad. Antony offered Caesar a crown. When he refused it, the crowd cheered. So, although Caesar really wanted the crown, he at that point could not publicly accept it. Then he had a seizure.
- At the end of Scene II in lines 312-326 of Julius Caesar, Cassius makes plans. What plans does he make? Why? He is going to forge notes to Brutus from several citizens in order to help sway Brutus against Caesar.
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