Today marked the second day of reading Romeo and Juliet with my students. A few of the leading activities that we have participated in have set the stage, pun intended, for the first Act and Scene.
1. Background information about the Elizabethan Era
Teachers are known “borrowers” and I have been able to utilize many wonderful resources, but one that has become invaluable to me is the California Shakespeare Theater’s “Romeo and Juliet Teacher’s Guide.”
I have had my students read and complete activities from the “Lost in Translation: Males and Female Roles in Society”
and the “You Don’t Get It: Parents and Children” handouts.
Also, after providing some essential Shakespearean vocabulary terms and definitions, I gave my students a copy of the Prologue and had them attempt to decipher what the foreign language meant to them. Surprisingly, or maybe not so much anymore, the students did a fantastic job. Had I been a better blogger, I would have saved some of their samples to share with you. Note to self: make copies to share for prosperity.
We have read through Act I, scene iv, the scene just prior to Romeo and Juliet meeting, and there has been quite a few characters introduced to my students. In order to keep them straight, I have created a shoddy character chart, but again the California Shakespeare Theater swoops in to save the day. I gave them a copy of the handout below, but I had whited-out the character’s descriptions, and we completed them together.
We also color-coded the character chart. The students found this to be extremely helpful, and have kept their worksheets on their desks as we read through the scenes.
In other news, I have two new-to-me products to share with you. I am an office supply fanatic, loving them almost as much as books. See, told you it was a massive crush! Anyways, I ordered a new planner and pen set from Writer’s Bloc, a phenomenal website that I wish I had a $1,000 gift card from. The planner is bright and colorful, flexible to the user’s needs, and charming.
And now introducing my new favorite pens (hint, hint to anyone who is a maternal figure in my life who needs suggestions for any gift-giving occasions)
The name is strong and aggressive, but the tips are fine, kinda like me =) STAEDTLER triplus fineliner 10 Color Set.
They do sell a 20 Color Set, maybe that will be my treat after the summer semester is over, and completing my Master’s degree is only two semesters away.