How I make my “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Lesson Plans Visual

Visual tools and resources for teaching a midsummer night’s dream

 

Why Visuals?

A THEME in A Midsummer Night’s Dream is literally Chaos and Disorder.

Students often struggle to keep the characters and their COMPLICATED relationships straight.

 

Characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • Lysander
  • Demetrius
  • Helena
  • Hermia
  • Hippolyta
  • Theseus
  • Egeus
  • Philostrate
  • Oberon
  • Titania
  • Puck/Robin
  • Peaseblossom
  • Mustardseed
  • Cobweb
  • Moth
  • Nick Bottom
  • Bottom
  • Peter Quince
  • Starveling
  • Snug
  • Snout
  • Flute

Symbols and Motifs in A Midsummer Night's Dream

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  • Sleep and Dreams
  • Seeing & Sight
  • Light & Darkness
  • Light/Darkness & Day/Night
  • Night & Day
  • The Love Potion
  • The Mechanicals
  • The Faeries x2 (BPOC & White representation)
  • The Moon
  • Roses
  • Flowers
  • Love-in-Idleness Flower
  • The Woods
  • Theseus & Hippolyta
  • Athens
  • Athens & the Athenians
  • Play-within-a-Play

Themes in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Themes are all about ‘reading between the lines’, and this is a challenge to most students.

Theme visuals keep ME and my students focused on what really matters in the play. They act as visual targets to narrow and focus our daily discussions.

I usually narrow down 4-5 themes that I love and want to teach to my students.

  • Love
  • Love & Relationships
  • Love as a Magical Force
  • Order vs. Disorder
  • Toxicity of Jealousy
  • Power Relations
  • Patriarchy & Gender
  • Gender & Biopower
  • Magic & the Supernatural
  • Dreams vs Reality