West Side Story Suite and In The Night Fancy Free

This West Side Story Suite and In The Night Fancy Free activity & project also includes:

West Side Story and Romeo & Juliet—two classics in their own rights that help young literature lovers better analyze different worksLearners research and compare the characters and story elements of West Side Story and Romeo & Juliet. Next, small groups engage in a discussion about the benefits and challenges of technology for communication. Individuals then complete a narrative writing assignment, rewrite a scene from the play, and compare social dances from the 1950s to those of today. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have scholars research a popular dance from the 1950s and work in small groups to choreograph a performance for classmates
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes familiarity with Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
  • References the film adaptation of West Side Story

  • Includes highly engaging activities and discussion topics
  • Provides helpful graphic organizers

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