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A Midsummer's Night Dream

School: Palouse Prairie Charter School

City/State: Moscow, ID

Grade(s): 8

Format(s): Visual & Narrative Arts

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Visual Arts

Project Overview

Eighth-grade students at Palouse Prairie Charter School in Moscow, Idaho created paper cut art pieces that capture the meaning and emotion of a passage from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. This product required a deep understanding of Shakespeare’s use of language, strong paper cutting skills, thoughtful design, and a very steady hand!

The process of stamping the passages recreated many of the challenges compositors faced when setting and printing the First Folio in 1623. Students created their learning targets, criteria and assessment rubric using the National Arts Standards and the school's Habits of Scholarship.

This artwork complements the ELA Grade 8 Module 2B for A Midsummer Night's Dream.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Highlights a unique project that shows the learning of a new artistic skill
  • Excellent example of a project inspired by the ELA Curriculum
  • Shows an unusual combination of ELA and Visual Arts

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can analyze how specific dialogue or incidents in a plot propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
  • I can analyze the impact of word choice on meaning and tone (analogies or allusions).
  • I can read above-grade literary texts with scaffolding and support.
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