Reflection: Coherence Comparing Zeffirelli's Death Scene to Shakespeare's Play - Section 2: Watch and Learn


For the most part, I have obedient students, for whom I feel very lucky. So when I asked them to maintain a list of similarities and differences while watching, they did it, but I don't think it was easy for them to do. I think it's harder than I realized to watch a movie for the first time, while analyzing it simultaneously. I always give students something "to do" when they watch movies because I feel like I should, like I need to keep them engaged and awake. Often, I ask them to compare the movie to the text, but today I wondered if I should do something different. I just wasn't that satisfied with the work they produced, and yet I don't think they could have done it better under the same circumstances. Such a weird conundrum. Nonetheless, I think that I am going to think through a different assignment for our viewing of the Luhrmann ending. 

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  Coherence: Comparing and Contrasting
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Comparing Zeffirelli's Death Scene to Shakespeare's Play

Unit 18: Romeo and Juliet Act 5: Theme Analysis, Comparing Text to Film, and Analytical Writing
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: SWBAT analyze the representation of a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment, by comparing the death scene of Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet to the text of the play.

Big Idea: Comparing this film to the play helps us understand the structure and theme in deeper ways.

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