In this Academic Expedition, students survey the politics and government of ancient Greece and ancient Rome as foundations for reading, interpreting, analyzing and enacting William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
Students will survey the foundations of democracy and survey tragedy as an art form that originates in ancient Greece. Students will further evaluate the play as a celebration of and/or violation of democratic principles. Students will also survey the context in which Julius Caesar was written, explore who Shakespeare was, consider why he is considered the leading dramatist of all times, and investigate the relevancy of his art and, in particular, this work to our culture and our language.
Since plays are designed to be performed, students are required to participate in drama exercises and performance. This expedition culminates in a PBAT.
Some of the PBAT questions below may also serve as interim assessments during the length of the course.
Weekly Journal Assignments. PBAT Drafts and Revisions.
Student Self Assessment