Year 8 – Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

Autumn Term One -
The exact date of the assessment is dependent on the individual student’s timetable; however, this will be circa the week commencing Monday 19th October 2014.

What is the assessment task?
Students write a response to the essay title: Do you sympathise with Shylock? Consider the presentation of his character and the way he is treated by Venetian society.

How will the task be assessed?
Assessment Foci: Writing AF1, 2, 3 & 7 and Reading 3, 5 & 6.  Please click on the link below for details of each assessment focus.

The Merchant of Venice

What students can do to prepare:
Master key-word spellings and their meaning: Prejudice, Racism, Equality, Identity, Victim, Compassion, Forgiveness, Humanity, Persecuted, Stereotype, Injustice, Tolerance, Acceptance, Religion, Demonised, Holocaust, Vulnerable, Villain.

Practise using discourse markers as connectives to organise their writing. Have a go at constructing sentences using the following: to begin with, firstly, subsequently, consequently, nonetheless, most of all, in contrast, despite, obviously, to conclude.

Become skilled at using the PEE structure (Point, Evidence, Explain) in their writing. Read any text (fiction or non-fiction).  Write a sentence that makes a POINT about that text.  Back it up with some EVIDENCE in the form of a quotation directly from the text (remember to introduce your quote and place the quotation in inverted commas “like this”).  Finally, EXPLAIN how your EVIDENCE illustrates or elaborates on your POINT.  For example:  Shakespeare makes it very clear to his audience that Shylock feels bullied by Antonio. In Act 1 Scene 3, Shylock tells Antonio: “You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog.” The term “misbeliever” is offensive as it suggests that Shylock’s Jewish beliefs are inferior to Antonio’s Christianity, whilst “cut-throat dog” is critical of Shylock’s money-lending and accuses him of being ruthless and merciless in his business.

Please note that Hamlet may be used as an alternative text.  If this is the case, and you would like further information, please speak to your child’s classroom teacher.

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