Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Comparing Shakespeare's Play to Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet - Section 3: Debriefing the Movie


We have read Act 1 already; the students know the story. Yet they were shocked at how quickly Romeo falls for Juliet and vice versa. In this version, they dance together briefly and then spend the next song trying to find the other again. Romeo secretly (and a little creepily) grabs Juliet's hand and that's it: love! My students were completely struck by this. It will be interesting to compare this scene to Luhrmann's interpretation and see if they have the same response. 

Overall, they were pretty struck by the movie. As a result, they practically ignored their worksheets, until I stopped the film and gave them time to write something. This fact doesn't bother me, however; I know that they were completely enraptured with the movie because they asked questions during the film, shushed anyone who spoke too long, and commented on the film during the debriefing. What more could I ask for?

  They barely know each other!
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: They barely know each other!
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Comparing Shakespeare's Play to Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet

Unit 14: Romeo and Juliet Act 1: Character Introduction and Analysis
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze the representation of a subject in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment by viewing Zeffirelli's film and comparing it to the play.

Big Idea: Viewing a movie as a text is entertaining and educational.

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