Julius Caesar has been made emperor of Rome for life, and many also want to make him king. Some in the Roman Senate envy Caesar his success, and others fear what he may do with his power, and so Caius Cassius and a band of patricians decide that Caesar must die, but they believe they need the support of Caesar's friend, the popular Marcus Brutus, to lend legitimacy to their plans. Brutus already seems to fear Caesar and soon succumbs to their influence and joins their plot. The conspirators discover that assassination is a messy tool for achieving power, however, and ruling Rome is much more complicated than simply removing Caesar.
Through William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, a tale of betrayal, murder, and politics, students will learn:
Author Biography: Learn about William Shakespeare and the fascinating history behind the author and play.
Background: Julius Caesar and Rome.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Pathetic fallacy, personification, anecdote, foreshadowing, irony, fact, opinion, generalization, metaphor, soliloquy, paraphrase, anachronism, characterization, qualifier, anaphora, hamartia, juxtaposition, paradox, antonym, synonym, protagonist, tragic hero, antihero, dramatic structure.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Conflict and mediation, peer pressure, justified vs. right, honor, leadership, judged by our actions, friendship, idealism, fear, hubris/pride.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Plutarch, governmental power, political systems, video, endorsement presentation, good character, orations, poetry, crossword, letter, drama, stoicism, stress, essays.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books and movies that tie in with, or are similar to, Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!
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