Lesson Plan

Romeo and Juliet a modern Love Story

Helping students understand the ideas behinds Shakespeake's Romeo and Juliet

Students will be able to...

Understand the universal themes of the story

Understand how to read figurative language.

Retell the story in a modern setting.

English Language Arts
Grades 8
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1 Hook

Activity: Other — http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1kkig_romeo-juliet-opening_shortfilms

Students will watch 1996 verison of Romeo and Juliet to see how Shakespeare's words can be used in a modern setting.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Other — http://www.schooltube.com/video/25f94ead46f194e665a4/

After watching the Schooltube video on figurative language, students will be led in a discussion about Shakespeare's use of figurative language and will be encouraged to write out examples of uses of figurative lanaguages in modern times.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Creating

Students will be broken up into four groups and each group will be given an scene from the play.  The groups will be charged with re-writing the scene using modern language while maintaining figurative language.  For example, in formal or slang from that time will be replaced with today's pop culture terminology.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Presenting

Groups will act out their re-written scenes for the class.  Each student will be required to participate and recite at least one line of the re-written scene.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Assessing

Students will give peer feedback and reviews much in the style of a theater critic assessing accuracy, the language chosen, and if it maintained the theme of the original scene.