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Midsummer Night's Dream: Modernized
Grade: 10
Time: 40 minutes

Enduring Understandings addressed in this activity:
The student will understand that
Elaboration is a process in which explanation is thought out and/or organized with
thoroughness and careful attention to detail.


Clarification makes something clearer by explaining it in greater detail


A topic might be a theme, a subject, or an issue.


A purpose is a desired effect, goal, or intended outcome of something.


A perspective is a particular evaluation of a situation or facts, especially from one
person’s point of view.

Point of view

Somebody’s way of thinking about or approaching a subject, as shaped by his or
her own character, experience, mindset, and history is his or her point of view.

Common Core Standards:
Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study;
explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research
on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when
writing or speaking.
Speaking: Students will be able to deliver a clear, coherent performance set in
modern times and recognize its parallel to Midsummer Night's Dream scoring
"satisfactory" at a minimum on a rubric scale.
Writing: Students will write and essay using proper English grammar, scoring
"satisfactory" at a minimum on a rubric scale.

Students will demonstrate preparedness by participating in their group discussion for
the role-play, as observed by the teacher.
Materials Needed:

Computer with Internet access for teacher to show guidelines
Projection of computer screen so students can view guidelines as a class
Handout that outlines the activity (for each student)
Each student should have access to their device or sheets of paper to script their
Each student should have a copy (text or digital) of Midsummer Night's Dream

Introduction (3 minutes):

The teacher will introduce the activity by explaining that Shakespeare intended
his plays to be performed, not to be read as literature. He created believable,
engaging characters, which are the essence of good theatre.
Tell students that they are going to perform modern life skits that relate to
character conflicts from Midsummer Night's Dream.
The skits will force us to think about the characters in MSND, and how their body
language and way of speaking change in different roles.
Consider Hermia. She behaves differently when she is a defiant daughter,
innocent lover, or a jealous friend.
Immediately show students the guidelines and explain them as needed.
Give students time to look over the guidelines.
Remind students that they will have 10 minutes to write their scripts, and 5
minutes to perform in front of the class.

Procedure (10 minutes to brainstorm script):
• The teacher will show the image with the assigned student groups.
• Each group will have assigned skit descriptions.
Explain what students will do:
1. Write a script based on the scenario on their handout.
2. Identify the parallelisms between the scenario and the scene from MSND.

While students are working, the teacher will circulate around the room to make
sure they are staying on task and to answer any questions that might arise.
Group PERFORMANCES (about 5 minutes each)


Ask students if they were surprised by anything. Ask if there was any part of this
activity that was particularly hard/challenging.
Assessment—The teacher will observe students during work time to ensure they are
meeting the affective objective. The teacher will note which students are not on task or
participating in their group discussion. While the students perform, the teacher will fill
out the role-play rubric (Figure 1). One rubric for each group; the teacher will note the
names of specific students who do not meet the objective (for the sake of time). The
teacher will review discussion board post responses to the assigned prompt, grading the
responses using the writing rubric (Figure 2).
Discussion Board Prompt:
In a well-written paragraph, discuss how the conflict in your modern skit parallels with a
conflict in a Midsummer Night's Dream. Use a couple quotes from the text to support
your response.

Midsummer Night's Dream: Modernized
Group #1
Name: __________

Parallel to:
Act 1 scene 1- Lysander tries to convince Egeus and Duke Theseus that he is the most
worthy for Hermia.
Act 1 scene 2- Bottom tries to convince Quince that he should play all of the roles in their
Your task/modern skit: One student was chosen to be captain of the team. Other
teammates feel just as worthy and think the choice was unfair. Role-play their

Midsummer Night's Dream: Modernized
Group #2
Name: __________

Parallel to: Act 1 scene 1
Hermia faces punishment for defying her father. Theseus has no power to alter the laws
of his country; therefore he can only give Hermia four days to consider the life of a nun
or marriage to Demetrius: and at the end of that time, if she still refuses to marry
Demetrius, she is to be put to death.
Your task/modern skit: A judge is about to sentence some teens and they plead for
leniency. Role-play their pleas.

Midsummer Night's Dream: Modernized
Group #3
Name: __________

Parallel to: Act 2 scene 1
Oberon insists on getting Titania's (his wife) Indian pageboy for himself when he might
actually be upset because their former loves, Hippolyta and Theseus, are about to get
Your task/modern skit: A group is in the hall when a student comes up and smashes
a desk in anger. He says he is mad because he got a B on a paper instead of an A.
After he leaves, the students talk about his overreaction. One of them speculates
that he is really upset about his ex-girlfriend going to homecoming with his current
girlfriend’s former boyfriend.

Midsummer Night's Dream: Modernized
Group #4
Name: __________

Parallel to: Act 3 scene 1
Puck decides to play a trick. He gives Bottom the head of an ass, which everyone can see
but Bottom. The men are horrified by Bottom's transformation and they run off,
screaming "O monstrous! O strange! we are haunted" (110). Bottom thinks that his
friends are trying to frighten him and, to prove his courage, he sings a song.
Your task/modern skit: Create a practical joke to play on a friend. Role-play the
joke and the friend's reaction.

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