• Twelve Angry Men: Trial by Jury as a Right and as a Political Institution

    Created October 28, 2010
    Twelve Angry Men: Image Still from original movie

    The classic American drama Twelve Angry Men serves as the starting point for a discussion of the constitutional right and civic function of the trial by jury. The lesson explores the specific provisions associated with this right as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the system.

  • Shakespeare's Macbeth: Fear and the "Dagger of the Mind"

    Created October 12, 2010
    Shakespeare's Macbeth: Dagger

    Shakespeare's preeminence as a dramatist rests in part on his capacity to create vivid metaphors and images that embody simple and powerful human emotions. This lesson is designed to help students understand how Shakespeare's language dramatizes one such emotion: fear.

  • Shakespeare's Macbeth: Fear and the Motives of Evil

    Created October 12, 2010
    Shakespeare's Macbeth: Fiend

    Students search an online version of Shakespeare's Macbeth for clues to the motives behind Macbeth's precipitous descent into evil.

  • The Meaning Behind the Mask

    Created October 5, 2010
    The Meaning Behind the Mask

    Students explore the cultural significance of masks, discuss the use of masks in stories, and then investigate the role masks play in ceremonies and on special occasions in various African cultures.

  • Socrates and the Law: Argument in an Athenian Jail

    Created September 24, 2010
    Socrates and The Law: Image of Socrates

    Debate the relationship between individual rights and the rule of law with a philosopher condemned to death.

  • Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: 'You Kiss by the Book'

    Created September 23, 2010
    Kiss by the Book: Romeo and Juliet

    Learn how Shakespeare used the sonnet tradition to enhance his stagecraft by performing a scene from this timeless tragedy.

  • 'You Kiss by the Book': Sonnet Unscrambler

    Created September 23, 2010
  • Launchpad: 'You Kiss by the Book'

    Created September 23, 2010
  • Hamlet Meets Chushingura: Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy

    Created September 7, 2010
    Hamlet Meets Chushingura: Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy

    This lesson sensitizes students to the similarities and differences between cultures by comparing Shakespearean and Bunraku/Kabuki dramas. The focus of this comparison is the complex nature of revenge explored in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Chushingura, or the Treasury of the Loyal Retainers.