WordPlay Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (Enhanced Edition) includes the complete text of Shakespeare's play and could be used as the primary text in 1-to-1 or BYOD classrooms where students have a device equipped with iBooks. Students can read and view individually, at their own pace. However, if your classroom has more limited device access, you could also show parts of the play -- selected scenes or even individual pages -- to your whole class so they can hear the words, demonstrating the emotion and meaning. If working individually, have students annotate the text as they read and then share notes and passages with others from within the app. You could even assign different students specific passages to read and respond to. Throughout, you'll find myriad opportunities to make students' reading a social, collaborative endeavor.Continue reading Show less
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Romeo and Juliet (Enhanced Edition) is an iBook, accessible through Apple's App Store or from within the iBooks storefront. As such, it combines features specific to iBooks (like the in-app dictionary) with features commonly found in other digital adaptations of Shakespeare's plays. Students can read the full text of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, highlighting and annotating as they read. They can look up unfamiliar words using the iBooks dictionary (or Tap to Tranlate) to see the Shakespearean language translated into modern English, side-by-side.
The most significant enhancement, though, are the videos of professional Shakespearean actors presenting the entire play, page by page. Students can read the text and tap Play whenever they want to view the video. It automatically pauses at the end of the page, picking back up on the next page when students hit Play again. Each scene begins with a summary and a list of characters.
This sleek adaption is simply beautiful. The players act out each scene with minimal (usually no) props against a white background, which keeps students' attention on the language as much as possible. The talent is top-notch, and the book itself is easy to navigate; jumping to certain scenes via the table of contents, bookmarking specific pages, or searching by word or phrase is a cinch.
The Tap to Translate function is handy but doesn't accurately translate as much as some students may want or need. Also, keep in mind that there's no analysis included in the book, something found in most of the other digital adaptations available. Despite these minor flaws, Romeo and Juliet (Enhanced Edition) is an impressive representation of Shakespeare's work that preserves the Bard's language while also making it highly accessible for modern students.
Key Standards Supported
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
nalyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an 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 its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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.
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).
(Not applicable to 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).
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.
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.
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).
Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)
(Not applicable to literature)
Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.
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.
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
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).
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.