William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Lesson plans and other teaching ideas

For introductory, background and other resources, try Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Age. For links to other plays, try the Shakespeare Main Page.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream E-Notes Curriculum Plan

  • Individual lessons covering an entire unit
  • Traditional one-hour schedules with a clear sequence of activities
  • Cross-curriculum activities
  • Vocabulary enrichment
  • Homework assignments
  • Exams with answer keys

Teacher Guide to A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
How might students use storyboards to demonstrate and to extend their learning? Check the resources here. Includes plot diagram and summary, essential questions, plot diagram, themes, symbols, and motifs, character analysis, vocabulary, more. Note: Storyboard That helps sponsor this site.

60-Second Shakespeare
On this page, a tabloid-style summary of the play from the BBC. Follow links to learn how your students can produce something similar.

Background: William Shakespeare
This video (3:54) from Knowmia provides biographical information. It's intended as an introduction to A Midsummer' Night's Dream, but it will work well with any play.

CliffsNotes A Midsummer Night's Dream video
The play in a 7-minute cartoon updated for contemporary audiences. Includes introduction of major themes. A great pre-reading activity!

English Class in Performance
If you want your students to get up and perform Shakespeare, here are some abridged scripts: The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest.

Enjoying A Midsummer Night's Dream
Summary, analysis, and related links.

The Many Plots of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Short videos introduce the characters, history, conflicts, and setting. Includes teaching tips, discussion questions, online vocabulary flash cards, and a student handout (graphic organizer on plot). Designed for grades 5-9.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Writing prompts and study guide questions.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Theme: Love and Magic. Summary, theme openers, crosscurricular activities, research assignments from McDougal Littel.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Background, graphic organizers for active reading, questions for response and analysis, vocabulary, and more. This document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Plot summary, themes, imagery, discussion questions, more.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A variety of reading strategies, including an anticipation guide and a KWHL strategy.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Designed for use before and after students see a live performance of the play, this guide includes a plot summary, a character map, pre- and post-viewing questions, practice with Shakespeare's language, discussion of elements of comedy and fairies, and discussion of Elizabethan culture. Learning activities include the characters on Facebook and Twitter (on paper), creating a comic book, finding contemporary music related to the play's themes, writing a character backstudy, practice with language and exaggeration, practice with critiquing a performance. This 48-page document requires Adobe Reader for access.

Short video (1:30) on Puck's role in the play, 10 online vocabulary flash cards.

Rare Words vs. the Facts
Students explore the power of words in a soliloquy. Includes a handout; Adobe Reader required to access the handout.

"Such Affection Move": Finding Staging Clues in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Students figure out stage directions by analyzing dialogue.

A Teacher's Guide to the Signet Classic edition of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Overview with scene-by-scene synopsis; suggestions for activities before, during, and after reading the play; study questions; questions regarding characterization and themes; bibliography. This extensive document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.

Shakespeare the Player: Illustrating Elizabethan Theater through A Midsummer Night's Dream
tudents will engage in Socratic questioning to further their analysis of the mechanicals in the play. They will use research to enhance their understanding of the scene and will synthesize research and text to draw conclusions about the characters and their purpose in the play.

Studying A Midsummer Night's Dream
Comparison with Romeo and Juliet, analysis of Shakespeare's presentation of the nature of love, and Shakespeare's stagecraft. This web page is intended for students who are following the AQA/NEAB GCSE syllabuses in English Language (1111/1112) and English literature (1121). Follow the link to an extensive guide covering several other topics.

Vocabulary from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Words are presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, examples of recent use, more.

Working with Shakespeare, the Poet and Dramatist
Students learn elements of theater and poetry through Antigone and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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