Reflection: Relevance Romeo and Juliet: The Prologue - Section 1: Picking Apart the Prologue with a Partner


In the middle school world (and elsewhere as well), the word "haters" seems to come up a lot. From what I can understand, "haters" are people who try to bring you down because they are jealous or just don't seem to "get" you.

I feel like there are a lot of Shakespeare "haters" out there in the world.   Maybe -- after reading a decent number of sonnets and plays -- they just really, really don't like his writing.  I guess that's possible.  But, I actually believe that most people who claim to loathe Shakespeare, well, they are just haters.  They don't like it because they don't get it.

I have to admit that I didn't really enjoy Shakespeare when I was a student.  I liked reading Shakespeare back then the way that I like sit ups today. Finishing and bragging about it are the best parts.  Two things changed that for me.  First, when I was in college, I took a great seminar on "Symmetry" and we really got into King Lear.  Later, I signed up for a course at the Folger, and I started to really understand the time period and the plays.  Both of those experiences were anchored by teachers who had great enthusiasm for their subjects.

So, I try to project as must enthusiasm as possible.  I strive for the illusion of the first time, every period, every day, every year.  I'm not saying it always works, but I have a goal in mind: to turn haters into lovers, for Shakespeare's sake.

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Romeo and Juliet: The Prologue

Unit 2: Romeo and Juliet
Lesson 3 of 12

Objective: SWBAT perform a close reading of the Prologue to Act I of Romeo and Juliet. SWBAT "translate" the Prologue into modern English.

Big Idea: Sometimes, a small chunk of text presents a big challenge.

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