Mustafa Elshamy Mustafa Elshamy

The Merchant of Venice p.6
English B Grades 11&12 level


In this lesson, the students will continue to learn about what happened in Antonio's trial.


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 while acting, in the context of the events of the play.


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

The students will discuss the following question in pairs or small groups. a. Have you ever lost a significant amount of money? b. Have you ever had a considerable amount of money? How much? What did you do with it? The students will discuss the following question in pairs or small groups.

Pre-Reading/Listening (5 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. consent (kənsent) UNCOUNTABLE NOUN [usually with poss] If you give your consent to something, you give someone permission to do it. 2. sorrow (sɒroʊ) UNCOUNTABLE NOUN Sorrow is a feeling of deep sadness or regret.

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 activities and tasks that will provide gist, reading for specific details and information, analyzing, and inference. 1. What did the duke mean by “the difference of our Christian spirit”? 2. What was the duke’s initial sentence? 3. Did Antonio accept half of Shylock’s wealth? Why not? 4. Why is Shylock angry at his daughter? 5. What did Bassanio offer Portia at the end?

Post-Reading/Listening (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 Read for more inference and specific details.

Does Shylock deserve mercy? Answer by Yes or No and explain why do you think so.

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