Lesson Plan

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet in the 21st Century
Lisa W.
Classroom teacher
Huntington High School
Huntington, WV
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My Grades 9
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will work collaboratively to summarize the story of Romeo & Juliet in comtemporary language.

English Language Arts
Grades 9
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1 Hook

Activity: Other

Shakespeare in Bits-Romeo & Juliet for Ipad


Show students the Prologue using Shakespeare in Bits-Romeo & Juliet app 


2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Other

Students will view Ted Talks at the following website:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSbtkLA3GrY&safe=active

Akala demonstrates and explores the connections between Shakespeare and Hip-Hop, and the wider cultural debate around language and it's power.  This helps students see the relevance between Elizabethean language and today's modern language.

3 Guided Practice

Students will work collaboratively in groups (one group for each act) to rewrite one scene using contemporary language.  Students will upload to Edmodo one copy per group.  Teacher will facililate and conference with groups as students work.  

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Students will use the following website:  http://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page

to work collaboratively to create a fake facebook page for Romeo & Juliet in order to summarize the play using contemporary language.

Divide students into groups (one for each act of the play).  Students will work on creating statuses from different characters throughout their assigned act.  When all groups are finished, the class should be able to see and read an summation of the play.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Assessing

Students will share final class product...Romeo & Juliet's Facebook (Fakebook) page that summarizes the entire play using modern speech to demonstrate understanding of the main points of the play.