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The online listing for this iBook specifies that it's meant to be used individually, not broadcast onto a screen for whole-class use. Nevertheless, teachers can use their own judgment about when and where they might effectively use the iBook for whole-class instruction. That said, it's certainly possible to use it as a textbook, one per student, for a Romeo and Juliet unit. The full text is included, along with vocabulary support and analysis. To boost engagement, be sure to try out some of the supplemental acting exercises with your students. Theater teachers will find those exercises especially helpful if directing Romeo and Juliet, or even as general exercises to help students develop their craft.Continue reading Show less
This iBook includes the full text of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, including highlighting and pop-up definitions for many words students might find unfamiliar. The preface introduces the Globe Theatre, both in Shakespeare's time and today, including a virtual tour. The text of the play is scrollable, like an ebook, and features pictures from recent productions of Romeo and Juliet along with audio clips of commentary from the actors and directors. There are also a few video clips of excerpts from the play.
The Rehearsal Room section includes acting exercises to deepen students' understanding of a scene or character, taking kids out of the tablet and onto the stage. Each scene includes a brief summary and the "director's notes." Students can review the highlighted terms as flashcards or review sample questions and answers about key scenes in the Examiner's Notes section. As with any iBook, text can be highlighted, underlined, and annotated.
Throughout Globe Education Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, clear instructions explain the iBook's features. Navigation is intuitive, and the analysis is presented in more of a question-and-answer format while still maintaining depth. The pop-up vocabulary help is on par with other similar tools.
What really sets this digital reading of the play apart is its emphasis on the players. The included images from the Globe today, as well as the conversations with modern-day actors, help bring the play to life. It's an innovative approach that makes perfect sense for anyone reading the plays in a classroom setting. The Rehearsal Room activities lend themselves to some great active learning exercises. The more students connect with the play, the more they'll find it engaging, deepening their understanding.
Key Standards Supported
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from 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.
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 (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).
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.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11–CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
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