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Tales from Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice p.1
English B Grades 11&12 level


In this lesson, the students will be introduced to Shakespeare's master's piece, The Merchant of Venice. They will get the chance to learn about the main characters initially. They will also conduct a mini-research to learn about William Shakespeare.


Abc Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Marry Lamb: The Merchant of Venice.
Abc Handout

Main Aims

  • To provide gist, scan, detailed and inference reading practice using a text about The Merchant of Venice: Shylock and Antonio in the context of personalities and bad intention.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation. in the context of what they learned about the characters.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

1. I will ask the students to have a quick discussion about the city of Venice; where is it? Moreover, what is it famous for? 2. After they are done, they will briefly share their ideas with me, then I will introduce the city and tell them that our story is taking place there.

Pre-Reading/Listening (3 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Before reading I will pre-teach the blocking vocabulary that the students might not know. I will clearly provide MPF (meaning, pronunciation and form) for each word. 1. Meaning: eliciting the meaning by asking questions and asking CCQs. 2. Pronunciation: IPA and Chorally drilling. 3. Mentioning the type of the word and drawing attention to the form. Language Analysis: 1. ( borne : /ˈbɔɹn/ ) is the past participle of bear1. 2. ( garment : /ˈɡɑɹmənt/ ) COUNTABLE NOUN A garment is a piece of clothing; used especially in contexts where you are talking about the manufacture or sale of clothes.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (20 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

While reading I will engage the students with a set of questions that will provide gist, reading for specific details and information and inference. Why was Shylock hated by all good men? What does it mean “to lend money at great interest”? What do you think of that? Why did Antonio have to borrow money from Shylock? What does that tell you about his personality? Why Couldn’t Antonio lend Bassanio the money? How did Shylock respond? And how did Antonio respond back? What was Shylock’s condition to lend Antonio the money? What does that tell you about the man?

Post-Reading/Listening (10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

After reading, the students will be engaged in free practice to guess what will happen later in the story. 1. I will ask the students to discuss what is going to happen later in the story. 2. After they finish, they have to share their ideas and thoughts with me. I will choose the closest guess to be the winner.

Homework (15 minutes) • To provide extra research about the author and his work.

The students will conduct a mini research on: Who is William Shakespeare?

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