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- Leisa B., Teacher
- Newark, NJ
Romeo and Juliet Teacher Resources
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Encourage your class to make Romeo and Juliet their own. Groups of three to four people choose an alternative setting and create a soundtrack and costumes before acting out one scene. Not many directions or explanations are given, but the idea can spark a wonderful activity for your learners to engage with Shakespeare's classic drama.
What do Robert Downey Jr., Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Fritz Weaver, Roger Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daffy Duck have in common? Why, it’s elementary, my dear Watson! They all have portrayed Sherlock Holmes. Literary detectives launch an investigation of how varying portrayals of a character influence a drama. The approach detailed here could be used with a wide range of literature. From Romeo and Juliet to The Great Gatsby, your sleuths will be engaged in the search for clues that reveal how who done it changes everything.
Use this SMART board activity to review the familial relationships in Romeo and Juliet. Review the characters from the play using descriptions first, then in the context of the other characters. The SMART board file (included) guides viewers through the instructional activity. If you don't have a SMART board, you can download the necessary software to use the file (link is included).
Students compare tales of lovers and the vernacular used in the stories. In this lovers' tales lesson, students take a quiz about the eight brief tales of lovers and discuss the topic. Students define vernacular and complete a related worksheet. Students analyze various types of vernacular and give examples from Romeo and Juliet. Students take notes on tragedy, Shakespeare's life, and watch a video about the author.