A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy, written by Shakespeare in the mid-1590s. It is one of his most fantastic (fantasy-like) plays, as it involves fairies and wood sprites, as well as regular working-class people and nobles. Set in ancient Athens, Midsummer has many ideas that make it readable/watchable for teenagers: arranged marriages, the relationship between parents and children, and young love, to name a few.
Full-length plays are divided into Acts (Shakespearean plays have five acts), which are then divided further into Scenes (in this play, each Act has one or two Scenes).

When writing literary paragraphs about this play, you must (of course) cite your sources correctly for quotations. The convention is to quote the lines, then include the act, scene and line numbers. For example,
"Here comes my messenger./ How now, mad spirit! / What night-rule now about this haunted grove?" (Shakespeare 3.2.4-6)

Here are the study questions and pre-reading vocabulary questions to help prepare you for each part of the play.
Read the study questions and do the vocabulary to help you understand each scene. We will read the scenes aloud in class--you will be marked on your ability to read your part(s) with feeling and showing understanding of the script. After each scene has been read, we will go over the study questions together.

When we have finished reading the entire play, there will be a unit test.
Act I
Act I Study Questions
Act I Vocabulary
Act II
Act II Study Questions
Act II Vocabulary
Act III
Act III Study Questions
Act III Vocabulary
Act IV
Act IV Study Questions
Act IV Vocabulary
Act V
Act V Study Questions
Act V Vocabulary
To see who has what role for our read-aloud in class, see the following sites: PER 3 LIST or PER 5 LIST

We will not be taking home a text with the play in it; instead, you will be able to access the play on this website.
When reading aloud in class, we will use a class set of play texts...but why bring more books home if you don't need to?

Totally not understanding the play AT ALL? See me for a suggestion.

Discussion questions which might show up on your unit test are on the attached page. You might recognize some of them from the round-robin activity we did in class.