Mustafa Elshamy Mustafa Elshamy

The Merchant of Venice p.3
English B Grades 11&12 level


In this lesson, the students will continue learning how Portia tried to help Antonio by changing Shylock's mind.


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

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 the events in the play.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation and speculation, in the context of the events in the play.


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

What would you do if you had one day left to live? 1. The students will discuss the question in pairs. 2. They will share their ideas with me after finishing.

Pre-Reading/Listening (5-7 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 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. duty (djuːti) UNCOUNTABLE NOUN Duty is work that you have to do for your job. 2. twist (twɪst) VERB If you say that someone has twisted something you have said, you disapprove of them because they have repeated it in a way that changes its meaning to harm you or benefit themselves. 3. eager (iːgəʳ) ADJECTIVE [usually verb-link ADJECTIVE, ADJECTIVE to-infinitive] If you are eager to do or have something you want to do or have it very much. Robert was eager to talk about life in the Army. 4. misfortune (mɪsfɔːʳtʃuːn) VARIABLE NOUN A misfortune is something unpleasant or unlucky that happens to someone.

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 writing/paraphrasing activity that will provide gist, reading for specific details and information, analyzing, and inference. 1. What did Portia do to change Shylock’s mind? Did she succeed? 2. What did Bassanio mean by “Twist the law a little”? 3. Do you think Portia succeeded in her mission? Why? 4. How did Portia feel when she heard Bassanio offering everything in his life to save Antonio? 5. What would you have done if you were in Portia’s position? 6. Find a word that means someone who passes laws on people and decides their destiny.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Let’s act! Choose a part to act it out with a partner. You don’t have to read the exact words; you can rephrase them and say it your way! 1. The students will choose a partner. 2. Then, they will choose a part that they want to act. 3. Act out the part in your way. 4. I will give brief feedback on fluency after they finish.

Homework (10-15 minutes) • To provide extra practice of the target skills.

In bullets, summarise what you have learned from the beginning; tell now.

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