William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Lesson plans and other teaching ideas

For introductory, background and other resources, try Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Age. For links to other plays, try the Shakespeare Main Page.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream E-Notes Curriculum Plan

  • Individual lessons covering an entire unit
  • Traditional one-hour schedules with a clear sequence of activities
  • Cross-curriculum activities
  • Vocabulary enrichment
  • Homework assignments
  • Exams with answer keys

Teacher Guide to A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
How might students use storyboards to demonstrate and to extend their learning? Check the resources here. Includes plot diagram and summary, essential questions, plot diagram, themes, symbols, and motifs, character analysis, vocabulary, more. Note: Storyboard That helps sponsor this site.

60-Second Shakespeare
On this page, a tabloid-style summary of the play from the BBC. Follow links to learn how your students can produce something similar.

CliffsNotes A Midsummer Night's Dream video
The play in a 7-minute cartoon updated for contemporary audiences. Includes introduction of major themes. A great pre-reading activity!

English Class in Performance
If you want your students to get up and perform Shakespeare, here are some abridged scripts: The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest.

Enjoying A Midsummer Night's Dream
Summary, analysis, and related links.

Folger Study Guide: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Follow the links on the right to plot summary, a list of characters, interactive activities, and discussion questions.

I Dreamt a Dream
Students explore dream imagery.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Students explore the historical context of the play.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Writing prompts and study guide questions.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
This document was designed for high school students attending a theatrical production. It includes practice with understanding language in context; understanding main ideas; work with iambic pentameter, prose, and rhyming couplets; consideration of casting issues; vocabulary crossword; more. 28 pages; Adobe Reader required.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
This document was designed for middle school students attending a theatrical production. It includes a plot scramble activity, a character analysis activity, practice writing a theater review, practice creating a setting, and analysis of the play as a fairy tale. 18 pages; Adobe Reader required.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
This document was designed for grades 3-5 students attending a theatrical production. It includes practice understanding the conflicts in the play, practice understanding setting, a review of the plot, using a Venn diagram to compare/contrast plot elements, and language study (homophones). 20 pages; Adobe Reader required.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Character descriptions and a character web, scene synopses, vocabulary, discussion questions, Shakespearean insults. 10 pages; Adobe Reader required.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A wide range of teaching resources, including background information, reading questions, and followup activities.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
The text of the play. Requires Adobe Reader for access.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Theme: Love and Magic. Summary, theme openers, crosscurricular activities, research assignments from McDougal Littel.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Background, graphic organizers for active reading, questions for response and analysis, vocabulary, and more. This document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Plot summary, themes, imagery, discussion questions, more.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A variety of reading strategies, including an anticipation guide and a KWHL strategy.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Designed for use before and after students see a live performance of the play, this guide includes a plot summary, a character map, pre- and post-viewing questions, practice with Shakespeare's language, discussion of elements of comedy and fairies, and discussion of Elizabethan culture. Learning activities include the characters on Facebook and Twitter (on paper), creating a comic book, finding contemporary music related to the play's themes, writing a character backstudy, practice with language and exaggeration, practice with critiquing a performance. This 48-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

Rare Words vs. the Facts
Students explore the power of words in a soliloquy. Includes a handout; Adobe Reader required to access the handout.

"Such Affection Move": Finding Staging Clues in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Students figure out stage directions by analyzing dialogue.

A Teacher's Guide to the Signet Classic edition of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Overview with scene-by-scene synopsis; suggestions for activities before, during, and after reading the play; study questions; questions regarding characterization and themes; bibliography. This extensive document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.

Studying A Midsummer Night's Dream
Comparison with Romeo and Juliet, analysis of Shakespeare's presentation of the nature of love, and Shakespeare's stagecraft. This web page is intended for students who are following the AQA/NEAB GCSE syllabuses in English Language (1111/1112) and English literature (1121). Follow the link to an extensive guide covering several other topics.

Vocabulary from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Words are presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, examples of recent use, more.

Working with Shakespeare, the Poet and Dramatist
Students learn elements of theater and poetry through Antigone and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

www.Midsummer
Students use an online concordance to explore patterns of imagery in the play.



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