Focus: What does Act 4 of Midsummer teach us about power, love and dreams?
1. Warming up: On today's blog, post your smartest, most specific observation on the transformation of the lovers' appearance/clothing in the film version of Act 3 and what you think that transformation symbolizes. When you finish, peruse the your classmates' brilliant posts.
2. Meeting with your acting companies to read and analyze Act 4
a. Open your Acting Company document and give today's task the heading "Power, Love and Dreams in Act 4."
b. Read Act 4, scenes 1 and 2 together.
c. Pause at the bottom of each page to discuss and record your thoughts on the following topics:
At this point, which characters have the most power? How do you know?
Which characters have the least power? Why is this?
Which couples, in your opinion, have the strongest love between them?
Which couples, in your opinion, have the weakest love?
What do you think Shakespeare is trying to say about romantic love in this play?
d. Read Bottom's speech (4.1.210-end of scene) aloud several times. Discuss and record in your notes some thoughts on the following questions:
What are some of the puns in this speech?
What is he saying about dreams in this speech?
Does he seem wise in this scene, or is he still a donkey head, or a little of both?
3. Taking the big quiz on Acts 3 and 4 (you will be taking it as an acting company)
1. Study for tomorrow's quiz on SAT vocabulary: List 14.
2. Bring your memoir book to class tomorrow.
3. Tomorrow is the last day to submit any homework from the first 6 weeks, to take vocabulary quizzes, to revise, etc.
4. Finish any acting company work not completed in class today.