TEL Lesson Plan
Julius Caesar--Speaking Ethically?

Grade Level: 9-12
Subject: Fine Arts; English/Language Arts; Speech; Theatre
Time Frame: 3-5 class days, at least one day in library


Julius Caesar is filled with impassioned speakers who sway their audiences with rhetoric. How can today's citizen's know the ethics of public speaking and debate. Is politics mere "theater?" Students will research public speaking focusing on rhetorical devices.

Databases/Other Resources

Points of View Reference Center


The classroom teacher will introduce Julius Caesar and collaborate with the librarian regarding research and information literacy components of public speaking and ethics. Students will begin the unit in the classroom and move to the library for the research period of not less than one day.


Steps for Teacher

Steps for Librarian

Steps for Student

Related Activities

Content Standards

English/Language Arts--Grades 9-12

Standard 2-Communication

CLE 3002.2.5 Understand strategies for expressing ideas clearly and effectively in a variety of oral contexts.

CLE 3002.2.6  Deliver effective oral presentations.

CLE 3002.2.7  Participate in work teams and group discussion.


Speech 9-12

Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

English 9-12: Standard 2-Communication

Learning Expectations:


3002.2.8  Include facts, reasons, details, and examples to support increasingly complex points

3002.2.9  Organize oral presentations to emphasize the purpose of presentation, citing first the simple examples or arguments and then the more abstract ones.

3002.2.15  Employ effective presentation skills, including good eye contact, careful enunciation, appropriate rate and volume, and relaxed body language.

3002.2.16  Participate productively in self-directed  work teams for a particular purpose (e.g., to interpret literature, solve a problem, to make a decision)

Performance Indicators State

English 9-12: Standard 2-Communication

Performance Indicators:

SPI 3002.2.5  Identify rhetorical devices used in a challenging speech (i.e. rhetorical questions, parallelism and reptition, analogies, hyperbole, metaphors, and similies).

SPI 3002.2.6  Determine the most effective methods of engaging an audience during an oral presentation (e.g.making eye contact, adjusting speaking rate).

SPI 3002.2.7  Select the most appropriate strategies for participating productively in a team (e.g. gaining the floor in orderly, respectful ways and listen with civility to the ideas of others; identify the needs of the team and sharing various resources to respond to those needs; establishing clear group agreements and ensuring appropriate individual contributions are respected by the team).


Julus Caesar Presentation


Students work cooperatively to develop the project

Target  18-20 pts

All students participate and document their work

Acceptable 15-17

Students participate in group work

Unacceptable --below 15 pts

Students do not actively participate in group work

Project reflects research from authoratative sources Bibliography follows MLA format and contains TEL articles Bibliography mostly follows MLA format Bibliography does not follow MLA format
Students demonstrate an understanding of political rhetoric in presentation Students effectively use terms and behaviors from their research Students mostly use terms and behaviors from their research Students do not use terms and behaviors from their research
Students deliver an effective oral presentation Students use voice, body language and behaviors of effective speaking Students mostly use voice, body language, and behaviors for effective speaking Students do not use voice, body language, and behaviors for effective speaking
Students understand strategies for ethical and responsible use of information Students acknowledge resources for research and discuss ethical implications in groups Students acknowledge most resources for research and discuss some ethical implications in groups  Students do not acknowledge resources and research and do not discuss ethical implications in groups


ISTE Computer Literacy and Usage Standards

2. Communication and Collaboration--Students

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers,experts, or others employing a variety of digital formats

b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats


5. Digital Citizenship--Students

a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of a democratic society.

3.1 Skills

3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.

3.1.6 Use information and technology ethically and responsibly.

3.2  Dispositions

3.2.2 Show social responsibility by participating actively with others in learning situations and by contributing questions and ideas during group discussions.

3.3  Responsibilities

3.3.3  Use knowledge and information skills and dispositions to engage in public conversation and debate around issues of common concern.

3.4 Self Assessment

3.4.2  Assess the quality and effectiveness of the learning product