Those Crazy Kids: An Exploration of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is a horrible story, beautifully told, and a study of this play is essential to a well-rounded education.
year old learners
learners per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 10 weeks
75 minutes per class
US Grade 8 - 11
Why is Shakespeare still so important 401 years after his death? What other artist has so thoroughly invaded every corner of pop culture? Shakespeare has been translated into at least 100 languages. According to britishcouncil.org, Romeo and Juliet was performed in 24 countries between 2006 and 2016. There have been countless adaptations and interpretations in the form of movies, ballets, puppet shows, TV shows, cartoons, and of course, theatrical performances. In this 8 week course,...
I've been teaching this play to young learners since 2003. Though we will be having a lot of fun, this class will include some serious discussions about issues about violence and suicide, as well as decision-making and responsibility.
We will be using the Folger Shakespeare Library text. There are many formats available for free download, but please be sure to select a version, like the PDF, that has line numbers. Download here: http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/download/index.html?filter=Romeo%20and%20Juliet If you would like a solid book with great footnotes, you can buy the Folger paperback edition here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/romeo-and-juliet-shakespeare-william/1117229411 https://www.target.com/p/romeo-and-juliet-folger-shakespeare-library-by-william-shakespeare-paperback/-/A-13551455 Students should also have a notebook dedicated to this class. Done well, this notebook can be a resource for future Shakespeare courses.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Mature themes, including suicide and manslaughter.
Meet the teacher
A retired English teacher, I hold an MFA in Creative Writing and a bachelor's degree in Language Arts Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I currently work as a reading and writing coach for students of all ages. (Continued below...