Julius Caesar

Grades 5 and 6: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Screenshot 2014-02-12 15.11.15What has happened thus far:
Caesar has returned in triumph from the war against Pompey, but a number of high placed officials express their discontent to the people gathered in the streets.  In Act 1, Scene 1 we meet Flavius and Marullus (tribunes), telling commoners not to be so excited as Caesar is not above mortal men.  In Act 1, Scene 2, during the celebrations, a soothsayer warns Caesar to beware the Ides of March. Cassius and Brutus discuss their fears that Caesar has the ambition ambition is to become king, even though Casca says that Caesar had refused the crown when the people had offered him the crown.

In Act 1, Scene 3, Casca tells Cicero about the omens that have appeared throughout the day. He seems to indicate that Caesar is to blame for these unnatural events.  Later Casca, Cassius and Cinna meet during a storm, reporting more unnatural events, convinced that Caesar is causing disunity in the world.  They agree that they need to convince Brutus of their concerns and, ultimately, to garner his support for the elimination of Julius Caesar. Brutus continues to think about the the dangers of having Caesar crowned by the people.

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For Friday, March 7th, please read Act 2, Scene 1 ALOUDdon’t be concerned if you don’t understand what you are reading or if you are mispronouncing the words … but remember to be LOUD as you read!