EngageNY Grade 8 ELA Module 2b: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Comedy of Control
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the anchor text in a three-unit module that has eighth graders examine how Shakespeare develops the theme of control. Young scholars look at why and how the characters seek control and the results of attempting to control others. In unit 1, class members gather in Drama Circles to read much of the play aloud and analyze differences between a film version of the play and Shakespeare’s script. In Unit 2, learners craft an argument essay about whether or not it is possible to control someone else. For a final performance task in Unit 3, pupils adopt the voice of one of the characters and write a narrative that explains their attempt to control or manipulate someone else in the play.