Lesson Plan

Shakespear in the 21st Century

What would have happened if the characters from Romeo and Juliet lived during the 21st centruy with Twitter and Facebook?
Molly H.
Classroom teacher
Dunkirk Middle School (Dunkirk, NY)
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

  • Analyze the play Romeo and Juliet by Shakespear
  • Assume a character and create a Facebook by that character
  • Interact with other characters according to their character's personality and qualities
English Language Arts
Grades 9 – 12
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1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

How would the Characters of Romeo and Juliet act if they had Facebook? Group/Class Discussion

2 Direct Instruction

As a class read the play Romeo and Juliet- discuss literary elements of the story and character development.

Introduce Students to Facebook (like we really need to), and briefly go over the settings and features of Facebook. This should also be a time that direct instruction for security to come into play. I encourage students to work in groups for this Facebook activity part.

3 Guided Practice and Independent Practice

Students will assume a character from the play and create a Facebook account as that character. They will then build a friendship list and interest list for this character- this should be thoughtful to the character's qualitites. The teacher will have specific guidelines and requirements to add to the specific Facebook account.

Students will interact with other characters on facebook according to how they would interact with their character's activities, likes, qualitites, and other inportant pieces from the play.

4 Wrap-Up

Activity: Presenting

Students take time to review each other's Facebook accounts and discuss issues that happened. In their opinions would issues, arguments, and interactions have escalated faster if these characters lived in the 21st Centruy? What are some things that may or may not have happened due to this type of interaction?