The overlapping story of several couples and the inevitably complicated road to love encompasses a play within a play, dreams, fairies, and trickery to create this Shakespearean comedy.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
This text features an intro to the genre of Greek mythology and a story about how the city Athens got its name.
This ancient text urges unmarried women to treat their parents with the utmost respect.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was an English writer and poet. The piece was published in 1802 and is a simple poem that addresses the nature of love.
Genesis 37 is an Old-Testament passage that contains the story of Joseph and his dreams. Joseph is an important figure in the Hebrew tradition. In this passage he is the favorite of his father Jacob, and dreams that he was chosen by God to rule over many people, including his brothers. His brothers sell him into slavery and he ends up in Egypt.
In his article, “Adolescence and the Teenage Crush,” Dr. Carl Pickhardt delineates between different types of teenage crushes. According to his analysis, having a crush on someone is a normal part of adolescence.
In "A Dream Within a Dream," the poet Edgar Allan Poe ponders whether or not everything in life is simply an illusion.