Reflection: High Expectations Comparing Shakespeare's Text to Baz Luhrmann's Film - Section 2: Viewing Baz Luhrman's Romeo and Juliet


Students have been asking all year about watching movies that depict the events in some of the texts we have read. I have shown lots of relevant clips, but this was my first full length film. I do see the benefit of showing movies when they are necessary to meeting the day's objective, but I want my 9th graders to know that I expect that they will read the text with fidelity---and not substitute the movie for reading. All year, I have been trying to maintain high expectations for their level of work, and I really want them to know that the end of the year is not a time for slacking. We'll work up to the last day.

The decision to have students create a T Chart was a way to see if they had understood their reading and could compare it to the film. I found that students were able to find sufficient comparative information, but I made sure by giving them reminders while they were watching. For example, during the movie, I would say,"How is that different from what we read in the play?" Then I would see students writing. I think it is a good idea to remind students this way because they will  be VERY engaged in the movie, and they might forget to do the comparisons. Another way that I might do this in the future is by pausing the film at different points to allow for charting.

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  High Expectations: Watching Films and Reflecting on the T Chart Comparisons
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Comparing Shakespeare's Text to Baz Luhrmann's Film

Unit 13: Crossing Boundaries: Romeo and Juliet
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: SWBAT collect evidence to compare the representation of Romeo and Juliet in Baz Luhrmann's production to the original Shakespearean tragedy

Big Idea: Collecting evidence like a critic: students chart comparisons between Baz Luhrmann and William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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