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Lesson Plan

Shakespeare Club
Subject: Literacy
Grade span: 3 to 5
Duration: 45 minutes, two days per week
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Story and Literature Dramatizations
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This lesson is one example of how you can implement a story and literature dramatization. In this lesson, a cast of third through fifth graders are studying Shakespeare's life and work as part of an afterschool program's Shakespeare Club. Students memorize a part in A Midsummer Night's Dream, create costumes and a set, and build literacy skills in a fun, engaging way.

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