Students need an overarching understanding of how conflicting perspectives drive the action, develop audience interpretation and response to character and situation. Too many focus on the Funeral orations but as Markers Comments indicate, this has been overdone. Appreciation of how the play's structure and shift from monologue, duologue, soliloquy and asides highlights other adversarial moments and exchanges in the play.
Someone asked if I could provide some of the resources I normally offered with my 'Module C-Julius Caesar' TTA workshop. The one scheduled for late last year was cancelled and it will not be offered this year due to the text changeover. I think we had just about nailed how to approach this elective but the new rebirthed version in Module A 'Intertextual Perspectives' looks interesting as well. I had reservations at first but the new translation of 'The Prince' is very accessible and it is short which makes it inviting for those teachers who know 'Julius' well.
I have attached some resources that always worked well in terms of grasping the play's structural significance. The other one is to give teachers and students a snapshot of some important quotes from each act. Students were told to choose FOUR quotes of preference for each act either from the sheet or their own choosing. They then had to evaluate the dramatic purpose, conflicting perspective and representational impact for each one. Their quotes and bullet details were then added onto their A3 size Five Act Diagram of the play. Here they charted, as we worked through the play, important shifts in POV and conflicting perspectives, providing a visual snapshot of how meaning was shaped and where and how their personal THREE thesis conceptual arguments were supported within the play.
Hope teachers who missed out on the workshop and others teaching this elective one last time, find them useful.