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A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

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A Midsummer Night's Dream eNotes Teaching Guide

by Tessie Barbosa

  • Released December 12, 2019
  • Language Arts and Literature subjects
  • 11 pages
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So you’re going to teach William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Whether it’s your first or hundredth time, Shakespeare’s play has been a mainstay of English classrooms for generations. While it has its challenging spots—complicated language and unfamiliar mythological allusions—teaching this text to your class will be rewarding for you and your students. Studying A Midsummer Night’s Dream will give them unique insight into classical mythology, English folklore, and Renaissance philosophy along with important themes surrounding the nature of love. This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of the text before you begin teaching.


Our eNotes Teaching Guides have been designed to help first-time and veteran teachers open up classic works of literature for their students. Each guide provides creative and practical approaches to teaching the text, as well as rich background information, key plot points, and recommended texts.

The main components of each guide include the following:

  • An overview of the text and its key components
  • Teaching approaches and discussion questions
  • A list of complementary texts

These Teaching Guides offer valuable context and promote meaningful discussions about novels, plays, poems, and stories that have captivated English Language Arts students for generations. Each guide is comprehensive and concise, thought-provoking and practical.