Romeo and Juliet: Themes and Lessons
Provides teachers with extensive information about Romeo and Juliet, including general background, character breakdowns, the role of time in the play, how age is portrayed, and how the play is tied with its comic counterpart, the Pyramus and Thisbe play-within-a-play in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Scansion workshop and scene breakdowns help bring the text alive. YouTube research assists in the creation of classroom playlists for comparison purposes. A multimedia “A-Z book” is presented as a possible student project.
Attendees receive resources, reproducible handouts and three lesson plans (scansion for acting clues, math and geometry in Romeo and Juliet, and the use of the sonnet in the play).
[note: requires space enough for at least 10 attendees to be used as examples for the audience]
Romeo and Juliet: Intro, Sources, and Themes
Provides students with an extensive (and, thus, spoiler-filled) introduction to Romeo and Juliet, including discussions of sources, characters and themes.
A breakdown of the provided Character Map follows and ties together the concepts presented.
Romeo and Juliet: Scene Study (speech, scansion, and meaning)
After a brief introduction to blank verse, students are guided through a close reading of Romeo and Juliet’s balcony scene, with special attention paid to figurative language and how character and action are revealed within the poetic line.
[note: requires space for up to 5 participants to perform]
Romeo and Juliet: Math and Geometry
Give your students a break from the typical read-through of the play with this presentation that takes a close look at the roles of time and symbolic symmetry in Romeo and Juliet.
A breakdown of the provided infographic handout follows and ties together the concepts presented. [note: this presentation is filled with spoilers!]
Romeo and Juliet: Review, Discussion and Q&A
A great way to end the unit of study on Romeo and Juliet, this review of the play includes Socratic discussions of the themes of family, time, and justice, with textual evidence cited for the concepts. The session ends with a Q&A and “stump Bill” segment.