Within the Scoilnet Merchant of Venice collection, you will find resources for reading, listening and engaging students with the prescribed Junior Cycle English studied Shakespearean drama. Teachers may benefit from reading the Signet Classic's teacher guide to the Merchant of Venice. The guide contains pre-reading activities and teacher suggestions to guide students during their reading.
Folger Digital Texts provides a digital text for the Merchant of Venice licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial license. Students can use the digital text when reading the drama in class or at home.
Online Stage performs the Merchant of Venice using actors. This resource is licensed under the Creative Commons Non Commercial license. Students can listen to the recordings for Act 1 - 5 using the above tracks.
The British Council website offers lesson plans and worksheets on three key themes in the play - money, mercy, and prejudice.
For additional themes, click on the following: friendship, marriage, justice, love, isolation, choices and race.
Here are four different types of video clips on the Merchant of Venice. Encourage your students to create their own video clip to reflect and summarise the Merchant of Venice. Powtoon is one example of an online video-making tool.
Short Summary on the Characters
Tragedy and Comedy,
University of Virginia
Below are three external links to websites with a vast amount of information on the Merchant of Venice.
Ask your class to analyse and evaluate the sources and their synopsis of the Merchant of Venice. Students could use Webwise's quick guide to critical thinking and evaluation available here.
A selection of assessment resources has been shared through the Scoilnet database. Teachers can share their own resources using their Scoilnet account.
State Examinations Commission exam paper question and marking scheme for the year 2017. The questions refer to Higher Level.View full description
Prezi presentation by Dara O'Driscoll on planning an answer for the Merchant of Venice.View full description
In this sample answer, Aoife O'Driscoll uses the Merchant of Venice to cover the 2011 JC drama question on hero/heroine/villain. Notes are from the website www.aoifesnotes.comView full description
The following sample answer addresses relationships in the Merchant of Venice, in response to the JC 2009 studied drama question. Notes are from the website www.aoifesnotes.comView full description
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