The tenth part of this unit is a continuation of Henry IV, Part 1. Use the following information for classroom instruction.
Use the text Henry IV, Part 1 by William Shakespeare. Any edition will work. The text can be found online here or may be downloaded for free here.
Go over the slideshow (included in this article with more elaborate points) as an intensive analysis of the play. It is titled “Henry IV, Part 1 – Part Ten.”
- Slide 1 (Title Page)
- Slide 2 (Prose vs. Verse)
- Slide 3 (What is Prose?)
- Slide 4 (What is Verse?)
- Slide 5 (Shakespeare and Prose)
- Slide 6 (Shakespeare and Prose Continued)
- Slide 7 (Shakespeare and Verse)
- Slide 8 (Shakespeare and Verse Continued)
Next, have students read “Great Play—or Mediocre?” This reading shares the viewpoint of Mark Van Doren, who considers Henry IV, Part 1 Shakespeare’s best as well as the perspective of George Bernard Shaw, who considers it his worst. It would be best if students took notes on key points from the reading.
Additionally, instruct students to present opposing opinions about the literary quality of Henry IV, Part 1. Make sure they state whether they agree with Van Doren or Shaw and to explain themselves. This activity should be formulated as an essay that is at least five paragraphs in length.