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The Secondary English Coffee Shop

The Secondary English Coffee Shop

One of the best units to teach is Romeo & Juliet – it’s a simple intro to Shakespeare for my 10th graders and it’s really so much fun to tease out the absurdity of it all. My students lose their minds over their age groups, their rush and their mis-steps. My students appear to have a preconceived idea that it’s a mushy love tale and I really like only to dispel their ideas.

One of the first activities I really do is a Pre-Reading Graphic Organizer which will get the students debating some of the topics and designs which come up in the play. The questions on the organizer are thought-provoking and create some fantastic conversations with my students. I’ve students work on it independently and discuss in small organizations before sharing with the whole class then. The questions also begin to hint at some of the conflicts and challenges that the characters will face in the play. Grab a FREE duplicate HERE! I get a kick out of memes and there are some fantastic ones out there for Romeo & Juliet.

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A quick Google search will produce many results – I print them away and put them up around my classroom. I present the memes as they relate with parts of the play as we are reading – we discuss their meaning, why the meme is effective and I add it to my collection on my wall structure then. This season and began looking to them online too My students really got into it! Why not have students create their own?

I hated doing endless analysis questions as a student reading the play in my own grade 10 season. As an instructor I am very away aware of this memory and needed to come up with a method for students to react to the text, demonstrate their understanding and be able to provide some imagination. My Romeo & Juliet – Graphic Organizers for ANY Act / Scene allow students to work in pairs, small organizations, or even to react to the written text separately.

I don’t use them for every picture but a few used for key scenes or moments in the play can be a helpful way to track pupil learning and pupil understanding. Using these organizers allows students to show their understanding multiple ways – by doodling, adding rates, finding figurative vocabulary, looking at personality characteristics and more! I ask my students to summarize or comment on each action on a big sticky be aware and we add it to an evergrowing wall screen.

I make each action a different type of summary – some tips about what I did with this year’s students. I made a header for each Act to post around the room with our sticky notes. I post these around the available room and my students love to read what others have written. It’s a great visual reminder of our progress through the play as well.

Other ideas for the scene or take action summaries include having students “Tweet” three remarks about a picture, create an Instagram post of an integral event in an act or scene or to distribute a “Snap” via a “Snapchat” template. An instant search online shall produce blank layouts for social mass media platforms you can use as exit slips, summaries, and more!

Keeping an eye on personas can be tricky for some students and I like to have a visual reminder on the wall of who many people are and exactly how they connect to each other. I take advantage of a couple of Romeo & Juliet Character Cards which color coded to help students differentiate between your Montagues, the Capulets, and natural characters. I post large ones (term-wall size) on one of my whiteboards so that people can add details like contacts, character qualities, and occasions are we’re reading.

The kids think it’s great when I add a gravestone to a character after the character’s death! I also use small measured character cards so that students can complete a character map (usually in a group). I give students chart paper, glue, sensed pens and the type credit cards and let them figure out how they think all the characters should be organized.

It’s a fun and hands on way for students to talk about connections, relationships, personality traits, and more! 6. Have fun – giggle -giggle! I really try to enjoy everything – it’s hard to consider it all so significantly and I find easily enjoy it so do my students!