Quickly, at the beginning of class, we will add the new vocab words of the week into our notebooks. The words this week are: implicit, extol, and intrepid. The commonly confused words are loath/loathe.
For a full explanation of my vocabulary strategies, take a look at this lesson.
Before transitioning into the next scene, we will review the last scene by journaling. I will write this question on the board: Do you believe in fate? Before writing independently, we will discuss the definition of "fate," and I will write their comments on the board. Then we will write for 10 minutes (W.9-10.10). They should explain their belief and why they feel that way (W.9-10.2); an analogy or life example would help.
I expect a fairly even split in the class, with almost half believing in fate and half who believe solely in free will. We will have a short debate about how people came to their conclusions (SL.9-10.1). Then we will transition back to the text. In the last scene we read, Capulet's servingman accidentally gave Romeo the invitation to the Capulet party and invited him to "crush a cup of wine, if he not be of the house of Montague." I will ask, was that fate? (RL.9-10.1)
Shakespeare wants us to ask these questions. It really doesn't matter what the answer is, it just matters that we're thinking about it and considering the counter-argument. Shakespeare wants to make us uncomfortable and question our own preconceived notions. I'm trying to do the same. I want students to know why they believe or don't believe in fate, and I want them to defend their opinion, citing this play.
We get to meet Juliet for the first time in Act 1, scene 3, but she doesn't say much. The Nurse monopolizes most of the conversation. Nonetheless, we get a good first impression of Juliet's character. Throughout our reading, we will focus on:
In the last few minutes of class, I will ask students to write 3 adjectives to describe Juliet, the Nurse, and Lady Capulet in this scene. Here is a selection of their responses. We did this same exercise yesterday, when we met Romeo. They will keep this notes in their books, so that they can go back to them at any point.