Sketchnoting High School Lit: Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet for the ADHD Brain

Jordan Kohanim
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(145)
This is a sketchnoting, curriculum-based multi-day course that covers the Common Core Standards for 9th and 10th grade Literature and discusses Shakespeare's most famous play: Romeo and Juliet with lessons geared for the ADHD brain

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 10
The CCR anchor standards and high school grade-specific standards work in tandem to define college and career readiness expectations—the former providing broad standards, the latter providing additional specificity.

Key Ideas and Details:
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.
Craft and Structure:
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.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden's "Musée des Beaux Arts" and Breughel's Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).
Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
-To teach a high school level course, I have the expertise of teaching English Language Arts in a public high school in the United States for 15 years
-I have taught this particular course (Romeo and Juliet) for 6 years to ages 12 to 18
-I have won Teacher of the Year multiple times
-I am currently certified with the National Council for Teacher of English 
-I am currently certified to teach English Language Arts Level T-7 (Highly Qualified) under the Georgia Professional Standards Commission from 2007 - 2022; certification to be renewed 2026 
-I have a BS in English Education from Kennesaw State University
-I have taught this material through the Johns Creek Student Leadership Council for three years to students from middle school (grade 6) to high school (grade up to 12)  high school 
-I am trained/ certified  in Social Emotional Learning through Fulton County Schools in Georgia USA
Homework Offered
outside of class reading of the play
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students will share out mind maps for reflection Some in class discussions One final class project showcasing what they learned (mind map)
Grades Offered
1. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (free pdf here: )
2. colored pens & pencils (suggested but not required) 
3. colored post-its (suggested but not required)
4. Paper or tablet writer for taking notes
Although Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is the most taught Shakespearean play in the world, and even though it is taught in grades as young as seventh, parents need to be aware that the material contains references to sex, suicide, and violence. This material is handled carefully by the teacher who has taught this course to 8th through 12th graders for six years. Instructor is well-versed and careful in monitoring material. That being said, parents need to know the original source material (the play) contains these subjects. 
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Making Learning Visible <- used as reference by teacher--not viewed by students

Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(145)
My name is Jordan Kohanim.    :-) 
I have been teaching high school English Language Arts for 15 years in the United States. 
I am a member of the Review Board for the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE).  
I also am a nationally... 
Group Class


for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages 13-18
3-12 learners per class

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