Shakespeare – Module 5: Shakespearean Comedy – 5 of 6

Hello Year 7 and Year 8! This is the last session on Shakespearean Comedy. We will finish the module with some creative writing from the perspective of a character.

WHAT: writing a monologue from the perspective of a character from a Shakespearean Comedy

By the end of this session you will be able to:

✓ demonstrate understanding of the thoughts and feelings of a character
✓ summarise the events in one of the comedies we have studied

Today you will need:

✎ A pen
☰ A word document, notepad or paper to record your ideas

STARTER- YOU DO: Look at the images below from different productions/ representations of Shakespearean Comedies. Can you work out who each character is from their costume/ image?

Who is this?

Ariel- ‘The Tempest

Who is this?

Caliban- ‘The Tempest’

Who is this?

Prospero- ‘The Tempest’

Who is this?

Puck- ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

YOU DO: Now choose one of the characters: Ariel/ Caliban/ Prospero/ Puck. Create a mind map of everything you know about them and everything that happens to them in the play. If you need to revise any of the characters, use this website Scroll down to find the play and character you want to revise.

YOU DO: Imagine you are this character at the end of the play. Write a monologue, explaining what has happened to you and describing how you feel. Try to create a convincing voice for this character. Send your writing to your English teacher.

Sentence starter ideas (writing as Puck):

Well, it has all turned out alright in the end- thanks to me of course. As I watch these ridiculous humans on their wedding day, I can’t help feeling grateful I am not one of them!

This all began with an argument between my beloved master and…

Sentence starter ideas (writing as Ariel):

Finally, I am free! I have spent years serving…

It all began when…

Well done! We have now finished our learning on Shakespearean Comedies. The next module will introduce us to Shakespearean Tragedy. See you next time!