Ages: 1518
Suggested length: 13 class periods (4555 minutes each)
Device accessibility: 1 device per 13 students
Contenido del artículo:
 At a glance
 Learning objective(s)
 Prior knowledge
 Teacher preparation
 Provided materials
 Lesson Plan
 Related Kialo discussion
 Downloadable files
Lesson Information
At a glance
In this lesson, students will expand a partly developed Kialo discussion on the question “Was Shakespeare a Feminist?” Working in small groups or independently, students will first review the Kialo discussion. Then, they will conduct research to explore the portrayal of female characters in Shakespeare’s plays.
Based on their research, students will then form an educated opinion on whether Shakespeare and his works can be considered “feminist.” Finally, students will use their newly acquired knowledge to further develop the Kialo discussion with their own arguments.
Students will be assessed on the number and quality of their contributions to the discussion. You can choose to have students work in groups, or to have each student work on their own individual copy of the discussion.
Learning objective(s)
In this lesson, students will:
 Apply a feminist critical lens to evaluate various works of Shakespearean literature.
 Practice research skills across a variety of sources.
 Present factbased opinions within a logically structured discussion.
 [Optional] Provide proper citations for research findings.
Prior knowledge
Students should be familiar with at least one of Shakespeare’s plays.
Teacher preparation

Make 1 clone of the Kialo discussion for either (a) each individual student OR (b) for each student group.
 For option (b) above, we recommend about 6 students per group.
 There is a guided research version of the lesson, which gives suggested readings. There is also an independent research version of the lesson, which does not include suggested readings. You can use clones of both versions simultaneously, and assign different versions based on students’ capabilities.
 When inviting students to the discussion, you should give them either Writer or Editor permissions.
Provided materials

The Kialo discussion “Was Shakespeare a Feminist?” (Also embedded below.) This consists of:
 Instructions for students.

A brief background on the topic, with a list of suggested readings for student research.
 NOTE: For an independent research activity, a version of the Kialo discussion without suggested readings in the discussion background can be found here.
 A partly developed Kialo discussion for students to engage with. This discussion presents various perspectives and examples of whether Shakespeare was a feminist or not, to which students will add their own thoughts.
 Lesson plan for educators (.docx / .pdf).
 Suggested rubric for assessing students’ contributions to the discussion (.docx / .pdf).
Lesson Plan
Lesson components:
 Opener (715 minutes)
 Activity (focus of 13 class periods)
 Optional closer/followup (1030 minutes)
Assessment
Students will be assessed on their contributions to the Kialo discussion. The arrangement of the assessment methodology is up to the teacher. Students can:
 work independently, with one discussion per student.
 work in groups, but students are graded individually.
 work in groups, and students are graded as a group.
Tips
To maximize the criticalthinking component of this lesson, you can either encourage or require students to balance the discussion as much as possible (on the suggested rubrics, see the optional criterion “Balance of claims”).
Opener (715 minutes)

Ask the class, “What makes someone a feminist?” Conduct a brief discussion based on students’ answers.
 Ask the followup question, “Can the defining qualities of a feminist be relative to a person’s culture or time period?” Conduct another brief discussion based on students’ answers, and relate this to academic debates about Shakespeare’s portrayal of women.
Activity (focus of 13 class periods)
 Inform students that they will work in groups or alone to expand on a partly developed Kialo discussion on the topic “Was Shakespeare a Feminist?”

Display the topology diagram of the Kialo discussion (i.e. the “sunburst” representation—this can be found by clicking the button in the topleft corner of the discussion) to give students a feel for what has already been written in the discussion. Hover over various claims and explain them.
 Go over instructions for the lesson, which are contained in the discussion background (this can also be found by clicking the button in the topleft corner of the discussion). When you get to step 3, you can choose how many claims students should add to the discussion: we recommend 815 if students are working alone or 2030 if students are working in groups of around 6.
 Show the list of suggested readings, which are also located in the discussion background.
 Share suggested readings with only some students, while directing higherperforming students to locate their own sources, OR
 Direct the whole class to locate their own sources.
 If you decide that students will work in groups, direct students to form them (we recommend around 6 members per group).
 Direct students to log into the Kialo discussion and begin working.
 You can direct students to complete the activity for homework, or take up to three class periods for students to complete the activity in class.
Optional closer/followup (1030 minutes)
 Ask students, “What conclusions did you come to during your research? Can Shakespeare be considered a feminist or not? Why?” Facilitate a wholeclass discussion or smallgroup discussions in which students can share their answers.