Reflection: Grappling with Complexity A Balanced Life is the Perfect Life: Analyzing Friar Lawrence’s Message as a Central Idea of the Text - Section 3: Why This Message?


My students were not psyched to stop reading to write about seemingly hypotheticals. I kept reiterating that there was no "right" answer to this question; instead there were many answers that needed to be proven "right" with textual evidence. That seemed to help them focus and write. I anticipated some answers regarding the introduction of Friar Lawrence's character, but their answers were actually richer than that. The students made intriguing connections between the Friar's soliloquy and what they already know about the couple and the feud.

I feel ready to continue reading and hope that the students do as well. Their understanding of this scene will guide them through the later scenes and will deepen their analysis of the play; it is not simply a love story, but a message for all of us about living a balanced life.

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A Balanced Life is the Perfect Life: Analyzing Friar Lawrence’s Message as a Central Idea of the Text

Unit 15: Romeo and Juliet Act 2: Analysis of Character and Tension
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: SWBAT determine a central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text by writing about Friar Lawrence's message regarding a balanced life.

Big Idea: Friar Lawrence may be a minor character, but he has a major influence. Let's pay attention.

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