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"To End Where I Begun": Backward Design and Shakespeare

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This presentation explores how to plan a Shakespeare unit that will provide you with an authentic assessment of your students' understanding of Shakespeare. Presented at the NCTE Annual Conference, …

This presentation explores how to plan a Shakespeare unit that will provide you with an authentic assessment of your students' understanding of Shakespeare. Presented at the NCTE Annual Conference, 2010, Orlando, FL. Please follow Creative Commons licenses for images used in this work if you remix this presentation—see the credits page to locate original images.

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  • 1. Backward Design “To End Where I Begun” and Shakespeare
  • 2. Activity-Focused •What is important? •What is the point? •Where are we going?
  • 3. •What is important? •What is the point? •Where are we going?
  • 4. Begin with the End in Mind
  • 5. No one who ever bought a drill wanted a drill. They wanted a hole. Perry Marshall
  • 6. Essential Questions •Big ideas •Value •Roadmap •Complex •Stimulate thought •Provoke inquiry
  • 7. Eval Synth Analysis Application Comprehension Knowledge
  • 8. Performance!
  • 9. Knowledge and Remembering •What happened? •Who was involved?
  • 10. Comprehension and Understanding •What does the language mean? •What is important? •Why is it happening?
  • 11. Application •How does this relate to me? •How should this scene look based on what I know?
  • 12. Analysis What do the characters want? How do characters and plot convey a theme or message?
  • 13. Synthesis •How do all the pieces fit together to form a whole? •What have I learned and how can I show it?
  • 14. Evaluation •What is this play’s value? •Why are we still studying it? •What’s the best way to perform it?
  • 15. Creation •How can I make something new and different? •How can I make this play my own?
  • 16. Essential Questions • How does power corrupt people? • How does ambition impact political behavior? • How does superstition affect human behavior? • How can appearances be different from reality? What influences our perceptions?
  • 17. Know and Do • Inflection, stress, denotation, connotation, subtext • Themes of play • Annotation and analysis of text • Analysis of motivation and characterization • Analysis of imagery
  • 18. Evidence •Select and perform a scene •Quizzes •Word journal •Class discussion •Reading journals
  • 19. Other Activities Use Shakespeare Set Free! Try some of the other Folger session activities. The Witches on Video Shakespeare Made Easy Witches’ Radio Play
  • 20. Nuts and Bolts •Give Guidelines List of scenes, characters, number of lines, summary •Allow students choices Scenes, costumes, sets, props •Reflections, justifications, scripts, promptbooks
  • 21. Justifying Performance •Bloom’s Taxonomy •Understanding by Design, Wiggins and McTighe •Folger: www.folger.edu
  • 22. The choices are infinite.
  • 23. http://ncte2008.ning.com/group/folger
  • 24. Blog: www.huffenglish.com Twitter: danamhuff
  • 25. Credits • Slide 1: Nimble Photography. “The End of the Road.” • Slide 12: Le Dû, Stéfan. “To Be or Not to Be (a Clone).” Flickr. Web. 7 Nov. 2010. Flickr. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. • Slide 2: McKay, Dan. “Slightly Confusing Signs.” Flickr. • Slide 13: Roventine, Mykl. “38/365: Puzzled.” Flickr. Web. 7 Nov. 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. • Slide 3: Pilbrow, Stuart. “114/365 Lick Your Elbow.” • Slide 14: Plenge, R. “IMG_6560.” Flickr. Web. 12 Nov. Flickr. Web. 25 Apr. 2010. 2010. • Slide 4: Laffy4k. “Basketball Sky.” Flickr. Web. 7 Nov. • Slide 15: Smith, Ern. “Now I am Dead.” Flickr. Web. 12 2010. Nov. 2010. • Slide 5: Flinchbaugh, John. “Ben’s Latest Project.” Flickr. • Slide 16: Hitchcock, Jeff. “Crowning.” Flickr. Web. 13 Web. 7 Nov. 2010. Nov. 2010. • Slide 6: Varlan, Horia. “Question Mark Made of Puzzle • Slide 17: Hitchcock, Jeff. “Sleep Walker.” Flickr. Web. 13 Pieces.” Flickr. Web. 25 Apr. 2010. Nov. 2010. • Slide 7: Hillegas, Brian. “Close up of The Thinker.” Flickr. • Slide 18: Hitchcock, Jeff. “A Red Sun Rises.” Flickr. Web. Web. 7 Nov. 2010. 13 Nov. 2010. • Slide 8: Steeds, Clinton. “Nickel Shakespeare Girls.” • Slide 19: Hitchcock, Jeff. “Double, Double, Toil and Flickr. Web. 7 Nov. 2010. Trouble.” Flickr. Web. 13 Nov. 2010. • Slide 9: Zitona. “Books Have Knowledge.” Flickr. Web. • Slide 20: Franchi, Martino. “We’ve Have a Lot of Work to 11 Nov. 2010. Do.” Flickr. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. • Slide 10: Clarke, Brenda. “Key 2.” Flickr. Web. 11 Nov. • Slide 21: McLeod, Scott. “We Trust You with the 2010. Children, but Not the Internet.” Flickr. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. • Slide 11: Keeandra. “Pink Paint.” Stock.xchng. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. • Slide 22: Wheller, Doug. “T2i Infinity.” Flickr. Web. 12 Nov. 2010.