Romeo and Juliet

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  1. engl78

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    Hi teachers,

    I am wrapping up Romeo and Julie this week, finishing act five on Friday. We've been reading the play aloud in class, and I want to end as such, but for the final scene, I'd like to do something a little different....still have them read aloud, but weave some interesting discussion points or another activity at the end to help wrap it up before starting the R & J analytic essay. I could really use some good advice here. Thanks a ton!

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  3. Bubblehead

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    Have they seen the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio? Watch that, especially the party scene. I got my class to improvise a modern version of a scene from the play. I set no limits, I just let them have some fun. They deserved it and really rose to the occasion. They were so pleased that they agreed to preform their scene at a school assembly.

    Theatre is all about action.
     
  4. Mrs. K.

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    If you've never looked at the Folger Library curriculum, Shakespeare Set Free, I recommend it - one of the books has R&J, Macbeth, and Midsummer Night's Dream in it. It's very much performance-based. The Folger website has a ton of resources, too:http://www.folger.edu/index_sa.cfm?specaudid=2
     
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    I agree with the Shakespeare Set Free suggestion, with one caveat. Depending on your student population, you might need to scaffold it HEAVILY. I used the Hamlet one with my seniors, and it required some real manipulating. But, it has some awesome stuff. My students had a blast with everything we did out of there.
     
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    Compare the r&J ending scene in Shakespeare in Love with another movie version versus the play...
     
  7. BCPMWK

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    My essay question for R&J concerns fate vs freewill--the students must decide which they believe determined the outcome, and use specific examples from the play as evidence.
     
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    BTW~today my students created 6 word character memoirs for R&J...some were really funny. The class had a great time. The constraint of 6 words kills them, but then they begin to really get into it.
    ex: dangerous liason brings short lived love
    they lie together alive or dead
    juliet is a strangely daring lover
    desperate move leads to lasting love
    my name is mercutio, i'm strange
     
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    You can also teach the kids about Shakespeare's use of dramatic irony which puts the audience in the position of seeing how choices bring about consequences.
     
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    Can you take a field trip to see 'Gnomeo and Juliet'?;)
     
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    Funny~my kids keep asking me the same thing!:D
     

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