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Merchant of Venice, The - E-Guide

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The Merchant of Venice unit study guide lesson plans for literature and reading from a Christian worldview with Biblical integration. Teacher resource curriculum, hands on ideas, projects, worksheets, comprehension questions, and activities.








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Through William Shakespeare’s complicated comedy, Merchant of Venice, students will learn:

Historical Background: late 1500s anti-Semitism, usury and money lending in Renaissance Europe.

Author Biography: Learn about William Shakespeare.

Before-You-Read Activities:  Research usury/lending, write a summary of justice/mercy, define anti-Semitism, author biography, Jewish life in 1500-1600s Europe.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques:  Point of view, characterization study, conflict, poetic justice, heroes and villains, protagonists, antagonists, comedic plays, theme.

Moral Lessons and Character Values: hypocrisy, Biblical teaching on money, discrimination, principles of justice, mercy, and honor, mercy from God, Christianity, friendship.

Activities and Writing Assignments including racism study and research paper, final essays including characterization studies, compare and contrast, life lessons, and dramatic acting of one scene.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more plays by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Merchant of Venice. Movie suggestions included.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Recommended Grade Level:
Venice, Italy
Shakespearean Comedy, British Literature
Study Guide Author:
Bethine Ellie
For the Book By:
William Shakespeare
Study Guide Page Count:
39 pages
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    Merchant of Venice

    Posted by Sheryl Aiken on 19th Apr 2019

    A great help in going deeper into the play. Thought provoking questions, and I like the biblical perspective that is encouraged to be investigated as well. Good quality resource.