Timing for Romeo and Juliet?

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  1. JSIJ

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    How long would you spend on it? This is my first year teaching high school (coming from Kindergarten) so the pacing is really tough for me to get a handle on...
     
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    You can spend between three and four weeks on it. Remember, you don't want to spend every minute of every period on one thing--aim for three instructional "moves" in a period, even if it's as simple as a warm-up with grammar or vocab or some journaling.
     
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    Exactly what Mrs. K said. Last year I saw my kids every other day and we spent about 4 weeks on Taming of the Shrew. But we also did grammar, vocab, and writing in with that too.

    This year I'll spend 2-3 weeks on Macbeth with my AP kids and 3-4 weeks with my CP kids. (It's an add on text for AP since they didn't do it over the summer)
     
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    I taught Romeo and Juliet at the end of last year. It took exactly three weeks, and we went through it very quickly (because it was the end of the year). I could have easily spent another week on it, but there were only two days left in the school year!
     
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    Wow, taught R&J for the first time last year and - with coaching from my team who has been teaching it for years - we spent a lot longer on it. I don't have my calendar in front of me, but it was closer to 2 months (with interruptions for standardized testing somewhere in there). We did a lot of activities with it though, and listened to some points, read some, watched some - and sometimes a combination of the techniques to really make sure it all sank in.
     
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    rb, you didn't find that too long for your kids? I know a month is about the longest I'd want to spend on Shakespeare with my kiddos. Too much else to fit in the curriculum.
     

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