Shakespeare in Bits: Julius Caesar can be the main way students access the play, or it can play more a supplementary role. You could offer this version to reluctant and lower-level readers to help them better understand the play and to make it more engaging. If you're working in a flipped classroom, have students read and watch a scene at home; when they come to class the next day, you can do a brief recap of the events and move right into a discussion or activity.Continue reading Show less
In Shakespeare in Bits: Julius Caesar, the play is performed not on a stage, but through animated characters who read the text of the play line by line. As the characters speak, readers see lines of dialogue highlighted. Students can also tap on confusing words that are highlighted to reveal a definition. The play is organized by scene, with the animation and text sitting side by side. Separate tabs contain plot summaries and analyses for each scene, as well as a place for students to take notes. Those looking for an overview of the play as a whole can find a general summary, thematic analysis, and character overviews to aid in their understanding.
Unless this is your first time teaching Shakespeare, you've probably struggled to find ways to get students to actually read and understand the play. Shakespeare in Bits: Julius Caesar is designed to help students understand the text and offers many features to make that easier to do. By offering the text alongside animations, students get a better understanding of the words in context and can gain an appreciation of the beauty of the dialogue. Students can also learn plot, character, and literary analysis as the comprehensive app takes them back to the Roman Empire. The animations, text highlighting, scene summaries, and analyses in Shakespeare in Bits: Julius Caesar can help students improve their understanding of both the play and the author's writing style and language.
Key Standards Supported
Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).