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Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Pixton Lesson Plan on Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Plot Diagram
  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard
  • Poster

Your students will create amazing images like these in no time!

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings Shakespeare to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Pixton Lesson Plan on Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Main Characters

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Brutus from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    Brutus

    A friend of Caesar, but a supporter of the republic

  • Julius Caesar from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    Julius Caesar

    A great Roman general and senator, believing himself to be immortal

  • Antony from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    Antony

    A friend of Caesar, who aligns himself with Brutus after Caesar dies in order to save his own life

  • Cassius from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    Cassius

    A general and friend of Caesar, but dislikes how Caesar has become godlike to the Romans

  • Octavius from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    Octavius

    Caesar’s adopted son and appointed successor

  • Casca from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    Casca

    A public figure opposed to Caesar’s rise to power

  • Calpurnia from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    Calpurnia

    Caesar’s wife, who warns Caesar against going to the Senate on the Ides of March

  • Portia from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    Portia

    Brutus’s wife, the daughter of a noble Roman who took sides against Caesar

  • Flavius from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    Flavius

    A tribune (an official elected by the people to protect their rights).

  • Cicero from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    Cicero

    A Roman senator and public speaker

  • Lepidus from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    Lepidus

    Sides with Antony and Octavius’s coalition

  • Murellus from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    Murellus

    A tribune (an official elected by the people to protect their rights)

Featured Props

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

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  • Balcony
    Balcony
  • Building
    Building
  • Column
    Column
  • Curtain
    Curtain
  • Floor
    Floor
  • Paper
    Paper
  • Stage
    Stage
  • Stairs
    Stairs
  • Sword
    Sword
  • Throne
    Throne
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Teacher Guide

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Step 1Class discussion with students

Before your students read Julius Caesar, ask them to think of a time they "stabbed" anyone in the back, or had someone do that to them.

  • What was the reason for it (to steal a boyfriend, make new friends, get ahead in school)?
  • Encourage students to share (although given the sensitive topic, they may not want to).

Introduce them to the play by discussing the major themes of;

  • Fate versus Free Will
  • Public Self versus Private Self
  • Inflexibility versus Compromise

Draw a T-Chart to compare and contrast the things we do in private (by ourselves or with our family) versus in public. What might some implications be if we did the private things in public?

Create another T-Chart of when it is better to be stubborn or inflexible on things, and when it is best to compromise, and discuss why that is.

Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Begin after first act, and make additions after subsequent acts.

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  • Make a Plot Diagram
    Conflict and Plot

    Complete at the end of the play.

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  • Make a Mind Map or Storyboard
    Major Themes

    Complete at the end of the play.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster advertising Julius Caesar for king.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Who do you believe is the protagonist in this play, Caesar or Brutus? Justify your answer.

Julius Caesar is one of the most quoted plays in today’s political speeches. Why would this play appeal to politicians?

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Pixton Activity: Julius Caesar 1 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Comparing and contrasting is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the play’s characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and antagonist help shape the outcome of the narrative. Shakespearean plays are known for their “Foil Characters” whose main values differ from that of the protagonist.

Instructions

Choose four of your favorite characters from Julius Caesar and create a Character Map for each one.

  • Make sure to include a protagonist and a foil character among your selection.
  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the characters' attributes that are outlined in the play.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Julius Caesar 2 Conflict and Plot

Featured Layouts

  • Plot Diagram

Instructions

Summarize Julius Caesar in a six-panel Plot Diagram.

  • Include a brief description and an illustration for each point of the plot diagram (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement), as well as for the main conflict.

  • Be sure to identify the key points that are essential in defining each specific act.

  • Think about relevant quotes that could be used to help create meaning in each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Conflict and Plot

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The dramatic structure is focused, with advanced use of language/ideas. The dramatic structure is well developed with full and accurate descriptions. The plot diagram is accurate and logical; descriptions may be brief. The dramatic structure is basic, has several errors, and lacks detail. The dramatic structure is inaccurate, and is difficult to follow.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • varies language to develop meaning
• varies sentence structure for effect
• images and characters have impact on the meaning of the panel
• language is clear with some variety
• varies sentence structure
• makes attempts to use descriptive language
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structure with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• some variety in sentence length and type
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (5 Act Play design) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

Student Handout

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Conflict and Plot in “Cinderella” by Pixton
ExpositionCinderella lives a humble life with her father, and is very happy. However, soon after taking a new wife, Cinderella's father passes away. Main ConflictWith her new husband now deceased, Lady Tremaine and her two daughters take over the house. Rather than welcoming Cinderella into the family, they make her a servant and treat her cruelly. Rising ActionThe Prince, looking to get married, announces there will be a ball for all the ladies in the kingdom to attend. Cinderella plans to go but her stepsisters ruin her dress. As she sits in tears, her fairy godmother appears and gives her everything she needs for a grand experience at the ball. But there is a catch; at midnight, everything will return to how it was before. ClimaxCinderella enters the ballroom and immediately catches Prince Charming's eye. After a night of dancing, the two are in love. Cinderella loses track of time, however, and when the clock strikes midnight, she flees from the ball. Prince Charming is left with nothing but her glass slipper. Falling ActionThe prince is determined to find the mysterious woman from the ball. He sends his men to visit every household in the kingdom and have them try on the glass slipper. The woman whom the shoe fits will be the new princess. DenouementAt last, Cinderella gets a chance to try on the glass slipper and it fits perfectly. Prince Charming knows she is the one he fell in love with at the ball. He rescues her from her wicked stepfamily and they live happily ever after.
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Pixton Activity: Julius Caesar 3 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard

Intro

Three major themes in Julius Caesar are:

  • Fate versus Free Will
  • Public Self versus Private Self
  • Inflexibility versus Compromise

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least two exemplary scenes and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the Act and scene in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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