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Activity Overview


In this activity, students will compare and contrast two characters in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Students will use the text to compile a list of motivations, traits, and beliefs for each character. With a T-Chart or Venn Diagram, students will describe and illustrate the similarities and differences between the two characters of their choice, focusing on beliefs, actions, motivations, and traits for each character. This activity can be done after completing a character map in order to provide a starting point for character research. It can also be a perfect way to gather evidence and examples for an essay or paper.

As an extended activity, have students research the historical counterparts of characters like Caesar or Marc Antony and have them compare and contrast how the character is portrayed in the play to how they actually were in real life.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Compare and Contrast with T-Charts

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/9] Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare)
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard identifying the similarities and differences between two characters in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label each column header with the characters of your choice.
  3. In each cell header, type "Beliefs", "Traits", "Power", "Motivation", or any other aspect you are comparing.
  4. Describe the aspects for each character. If they're similar, feel free to drag a textable shape down to cover both columns.
  5. Illustrate each example with appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

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Compare and Contrast
Create a storyboard that compares the similarities and differences between two things.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Comparison Analysis
Text and images include a clear explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics. These comparisons go beyond superficial elements and show strong understanding.
Text and images include an explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics, but the explanation may lack clarity or show only superficial understanding in some squares.
Text and images may include no explanation of similarities and/or differences, or they may make only superficial or inaccurate comparisons.
Storyboard Image and Effort
Student clearly shows effort to convey the setting, characters and specific scene of the book. The scene is clearly identifiable based on the graphic depiction.
Student attempts to convey the setting, characters, and specific scene through use of graphics, but the depiction may be confusing, disordered, or lack some detail.
Student does not clearly convey the setting, characters, and scene.
Spelling and Grammar
Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.
Student makes one or two minor errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.




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