Reflection: Student Ownership Comparing Shakespeare's Play to Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet - Section 3: Which is better?


The class was split almost in half, with just a few more students preferring Zeffirelli's film. Of course, the girls loved Leonardo DiCaprio, no matter what they felt about the film. But everyone was able to defend their opinion, citing specifics from the films to support their decisions. I don't care which movie they like more; I just love this conversation. I love that this group of kids, almost all of whom told me that they hate Shakespeare a few short weeks ago, speak passionately about the play and the interpretations of it. Many won't admit that they are enjoying at least some of this play, but in these moments, I know that they are.

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Comparing Shakespeare's Play to Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet

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