Shakespeare's Star-Crossed Lovers: Romeo and Juliet

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In this 6 week class students will expand their vocabulary, discuss and read aloud Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 11
Students will:
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work.

Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, or its etymology.

Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).

Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.
I have taught this in a brick in mortar classroom MANY times where students have read aloud, acted it out, watched the movie, and participated in discussion that deepened their understanding of the content.  The decisions and risky behavior in which Romeo and Juliet engage are discussed in the form of long term consequences due to rash decisions in the face of angst and perceived adversity.  
Students will be expected to read one Act per week and complete guided reading questions that will enhance class discussion and student comprehension.  There is also a culminating assignment that students will need to complete over the course of the final 3 weeks of class.
Each student needs a copy of the play that includes Act, Scene and Line numbers. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Assessment is informally assessed by student preparation and participation in class, discussion and culminating assignment.
Formal assessment and a letter grade can be provided upon request prior to the second week of class. 
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
This is a teen love story that sees the teens married, consummate their marriage, rebel and runaway from home, and ultimately commit suicide.  Students should be mature enough to read and discuss the content. 

Video clips from the 1996 film with Leonardo DiCaprio are used after reading several scenes, and this version includes  modern forms of gangs and gun violence. The film is rated PG-13, thus the minimum age for this class. 
Each student needs a copy of the play that includes Act, Scene and Line numbers. 

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Just Help Me Learn empower and educates learners from around the globe with a focus on English literature, writing and grammar, study skills and history.  However the variety of classes will grow as our organization evolves, with the intention to... 
Group Class


for 12 classes
2x per week, 6 weeks
50 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Completed by 6 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 14-17
3-9 learners per class

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