I first start this unit by having the kids do a research unit in small groups. Using Google Docs students will conduct research in small groups (3).
After gathering research, students should watch two videos found on United Streaming. Here is a study guide (pdf) to accompany the video. If you've never seen United Streaming, you should!
My student teacher, Laura Buntman (Spring 2008) conducted a great tower building exercise. This gave the kids a chance to see who might emerge as leaders and if anyone maybe had qualities we might see in the characters of the play. Basically you need to assemble packs of supplies to give each team. Within 5 minutes see who builds the tallest tower using those supplies. For homework that night or at the end of class, they need to journal about the experience.
You can always peek at the play online.
Study Guide (pdf): Created by Margrit Barber, edited by myself and Laura Buntman
Act I Scene I Translation (pdf): This is good practice to get the kids into this.
Act II Language Conversion (pdf): Students need to keep seeing how we would say Shakespeare's writing today.
Act II Analyzing the Problems (pdf): I started this chart, but Laura Buntman did a nice job editing it.
Act III Group Reading (pdf): Students also need to learn to read Julius Caesar aloud, but they need some help figuring out how to read it. This sheet will help.
Act III Review Crossword (pdf)
Act IV Review Crossword (pdf)