Reflection: Student Ownership Analyzing the Events and Nuances in Act 5, Scene 3 to Understand Why We Still Read Shakespeare - Section 2: Reading and Discussing the Final Scene


One of the benefits of breaking up the scene into three sections is that it gives students time to react to specific instances and events as they happen, instead of trying to think about everything at the end. In the last scene, their reactions to certain characters changes (RL.9-10.3). For instance, many started to like Paris for the first time, arguing that his love for Juliet was real and his motives good. Likewise, many began to dislike Friar Lawrence for the first time; they were angry when he fled the tomb in such a cowardly way. Because so much happens in this scene, I'm not sure that students would have thought much about Paris or Friar Lawrence if we read through quickly, but they are important characters to consider because each plays a role in the demise of Romeo and Juliet and their opinions here will help them formulate thesis statements when we begin our argument essay. 

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Analyzing the Events and Nuances in Act 5, Scene 3 to Understand Why We Still Read Shakespeare

Unit 18: Romeo and Juliet Act 5: Theme Analysis, Comparing Text to Film, and Analytical Writing
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text create tension by reading and responding to Act 5, scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet.

Big Idea: We've reached the end of the quintessential love story. Was it even a love story?

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