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FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY: Close Reading a Soliloquy--Actively!
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FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY: Close Reading a Soliloquy--Actively!


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About This Lesson

Soliloquies are full of possibilities. Getting students inside a soliloquy can lead to all kinds of deep reading and surprising discoveries about the words, characters, and big questions of a play.

You can teach this lesson as its own close-reading exercise or as part of a larger Shakespeare unit. As a pre-reading lesson, it’s a great introduction to Shakespeare’s language, but it’s also useful for teaching a soliloquy in context, right when the speech occurs in the play.

By the end of this exercise, ALL students will have spoken and read Shakespeare’s original language multiple times; discovered that soliloquies are internal arguments; discussed various student interpretations of this soliloquy; and, in a lively and authentic way, explored all those cool things going on with complex texts: tone, structure, characterization, and big ideas.

This lesson is a student-driven, language-focused experience, and an essential practice of the Folger Method. Read all about the principles and practices behind the Folger Method in the attached handout, too! 

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February 13, 2020
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