A Midsummer Night's Dream Lesson Plan

By Matt Baker email   Updated 27 Nov 2012 | Go to index of all free lesson plans

Lesson objective: Students will be able to perform a complete Shakespeare play (simplified version).

Materials: copies of the play



Over the next two weeks you will be practicing and performing a simplified version of one of Shakespeare's most popular plays - a romantic comedy called A Midsummer Night's Dream. Before we begin, here's some background about the story:


Script of the play: A Midsummer Night's Dream (simplified version) - click to downloand as a PDF

Setting:

Ancient Athens, mostly in a forest outside the city

Characters:

There are three sets of characters in the story. The main set of characters includes:

There is also a group of clowns who are in the forest practicing for a play called "Pyramus & Thisbe"

...as well as a group of fairies that live in the forest (a fairy is a small human-like creature with wings from which we get the term "fairy tale"):

Plot Summary:

Egeus wants Hermia to marry Demetrius but Hermia loves Lysander. Hermia and Lysander escape to the forest but Hermia's friend Helena tells Demetrius. Helena loves Demetrius but Demetrius treats her badly. While in the forest the fairies put spells on both Lysander and Demetrius so that they both fall in love with Helena. Oberon also puts a spell on Titania so that she falls in love with Bottom, an actor who has his head turned into a donkey.

In the end everything is made right and there is a triple wedding: Thesues & Hippolyta, Lysander & Hermia, and Demetrius & Helena. The actors perform their play, which is similar to Romeo & Juliet.

Vocabulary:



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