What’s Important?

LESSON #5: What’s Important?


OBJECTIVE: Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of their group’s Shakespeare story by creating an outline of the important plot points of their play.



  • The following meme (displayed at the beginning of class):  Lesson 5.Meme



“Take Action”: What do you like about the concept your group chose?


Lesson Plan:

Start the class by asking students how many of them were able to do the reading. Invite them to hold up their hands to show the percentage they were able to read. (Ex. Five fingers for 50%) Let them know they will need to turn in a written percentage later for points.


Take a minute to connect the meme above to the purpose of the reading:

  • What is the point of the meme?
  • How can reading the roles out loud help you understand the play?
  • How does re-telling Shakespeare’s plays help you understand them better?
    • Can you re-tell a play without knowing what happens in it?
  • How could you do this project without reading the play?


Today students are going to create basic outlines of their play! They will do more detailed outlines directly correlated to their production later but the outlines for today should be basic outlines with all the important plot points that they think they need to include in their performance from the original story. Once they have this outline they will be able to adapt it to their concept.

  • Make sure to explain all the instructions before the class splits into their groups.
  • Once they are in their groups the first thing they need to do is write down on a piece of paper: The names of the people in your group and the percentage of each act each person read. Once they have done this they should immediately turn it in so they can more on. Give them about two minutes to complete this.
  • In your groups, discuss the Act you each read and share the quote you pulled from your assigned act if your group chose to do that.
    • Each person should take a few minutes to share with their group:
      • The important plot points in their act.
      • Something new they learned about the play.
      • The quote they pulled from their act that they think would be good to use in their retelling.
    • Create an outline (written down) of all the important points of your play that you think need to be included in your adaptation. This will help you to form the outline for your story with your concept tomorrow. Today the outline is just about the play itself.


Closure: Bring the class back together and make sure that all the groups have turned in their reading percentages. They need to turn in their outlines. Take a few minutes to go over the rest of the unit with them and how it’s going to work. Talk through with them the process so they understand what will be expected and how long they have before they perform. Because this is about halfway through the unit, this time at the end of class would be a great opportunity to ask if they have any questions or confusion about their projects that have not been answer throughout class.