Yes, we are studying a Shakespeare play. I have enjoyed and A Midsummer Night's Dream and have taught it before with me 8th graders back in Madawaska. When I talked with my class about what they
had done after the play, we decided that we wanted to do the same thing. So.....
I found a version of A Midsummer Night's Dream for 4th grade, and we read it together as a class. We discussed the major elements of the play, the characters, settings, and plot. Next I survey the groups to allow them choice as to which act of the play they wanted to work on, and I used this information to group them.
Next, they picked apart their scripts. We discussed the goals of this activity, and what they needed to focus on. We discussed how much work this would be, but even though I offered to let them hold off until after April break to work on it, they all voted (blind vote) to start right away. As you can see from the video they took off running. The part I like best is they all seem to be enjoying the process.