Unit Plan

Unit 5: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Fifth graders analyze William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, paying close attention to character development, plot, and dialogue. With daily reading and thoughtful discussion, scholars take pen to paper to respond to journal entries and compose their own narratives. To finish the unit, class members show off their acting skills with a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Direct pupils to write journal entries in their notebooks or post them to a classroom blog
  • Record the final performance for playback with the class or offer a link to parents and guardians to view
  • Review the writing process with the class before delving into the narrative essays
Classroom Considerations
  • The fifth unit in a nine-part series created by Core Knowledge
  • Browse the "At a Glance" sections of each lesson to find which materials are required
  • This unit varies its instruction from other units in the series to make time for a performance
  • Offers several links for background information about the play
  • Provides ample detail for the smooth implementation of lessons
  • None