Understanding Character Motivation
|Content Area: English||Grade Level: 11,12|
|Keywords: Shakespeare, Macbeth, character, motivation, comprehension, critical thinking, writing|
3.6 Analyze the way in which authors through the
centuries have used archetypes drawn from myth and tradition in
literature, film, political speeches, and religious writings (e.g.,
how the archetypes of banishment from an ideal world may be used to
interpret Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth).
Organization and Focus
2.0 Speaking Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
|Literacy Area(s): Speaking Applications||Skills: Comprehension, critical thinking, Speaking|
Understanding Character Motivation (to be used in conjunction with the study of Shakespeare's Macbeth Students will analyze the imagery, language, universal themes, and unique aspects of the text through the use of rhetorical strategies (e.g., narration, description, persuasion, exposition, a combination of those strategies).
|Culminating Task and Student Outcomes: Students will collaborate in teams to create a multimedia production of students delivering a selected soliloquy from Macbeth, explaining its meaning and significance re: progressive changes occurring in the character.|
- Brainstorm on character traits of selected characters. (What drives the character to action?)
- Select three traits from the list that best describe the character selected.
- Students access Macbeth on the Internet, and read the Analysis of characters.
- Use the Essay Organizer to compose a five(5) paragraph character sketch in the first person about one of the main characters in the drama. (See The Writing Process for help.)
This also, should be included in the script for the culminating project project.
- Be sure to include the following elements:
- A description of the character's personality traits
- What does he/she want?
- What stands in the way of getting what he/she wants?
- To what lengths does the character go to achieve what he/she wants?
- What are the results?
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