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Julius Caesar Rocks!

Julius Caesar Rocks!

Author: Mark Ellis
Description:

1.  Learn some context surrounding Caesar's assassination.

2.  See how AC/DC's depiction of Julius Caesar functions as an allegory for modern leaders.

3.  Learn to write a literary analysis using the Claim-Evidence-Commentary model.

Students watch a music video for AC/DC's song "All Hail Caesar."  Following some instruction on making claims, providing evidence, and commentary, student compose their own literary analysis paragraph.

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Tutorial

"All Hail Caesar"- Introduction

Questions to consider while watching the music video.

"All Hail Caesar" by AC/DC

Music video

Source: Youtube

"All Hail Caesar" Lyrics

He be the count of Monte Cristo

Could be a quake any day
Maybe somebody from Siam
Begin the era of a new rage
Keeps lickin' all the honey
Chewin' up the fat he rakes
Instead of sending to the lions
They cover him with praise

All hail Caesar, Hail, Hail!
All hail Caesar, Hail, Hail!

Down at the epicenter
Things started heatin' up
Rockin' on the richter scale [Rockin' up the richter scale]
Swinging in the chariot
Around and around we go
The senators rehearse the tale
Starring in the coliseum
Tied upon the rack
Up comes the thumb of Caesar
To stab you in the back

All hail Caesar, Hail, Hail!
All hail Caesar, Hail, Hail!

Down at the epicenter
Things started heatin' up
Rockin' on the richter scale
Swingin' in the chariot
Around and around we go
the Senators rehearse the tale

"Watch out Caesar, watch out Caesar"

[I said hail, I said hail!
I said Hail, I said Hail!

Hail
Hail
Hail
Hail
Hail
Hail
Hail
Hail
Hail ]

[All hail Caesar, hail, hail!
All hail Caesar, hail, hail!
All hail Caesar, hail, hail!
All hail Caesar, hail, hail!

You need eyes in the back of your head boy,
or you're dead.] 

Writing Assignment- Claim, Evidence, and Commentary

Introduces the terms of claim, evidence, and commentary. Students are given models from "All Hail Caesar," and then asked to write a literary analysis paragraph of their own.