Reflection: Student Ownership Romeo and Juliet Tableaux Vivants - Section 3: Performances!


I feel like I am gushing over this technique...and maybe it's really not that big of a deal.  I mean, kids act things out in classrooms all the time, right?  I think the difference between "just" acting out a scene (quotes added because sometimes that can be really hard!) and constructing tableaux revolves around choice.  

What is really powerful about this activity is that the students have to decide what to depict in their scenes.  They can't pick everything, and they can't  move once they have struck a pose.  So, they have to winnow down a play to its crucial elements.  This is a nice extension after watching and discussion some film versions of R&J; in class we discussed why director's cut Paris' death from Act V.  The kids understood that Romeo's murder of Paris really pushes him further into the role of the bad guy, rather than the misunderstood lover.  

In that same way, the kids' interpretations of the play really bring to light that which they think is important...or interesting.  After all, there was a lot of fighting, kissing and dying in my room that day.

  Constructing your own version of events
  Student Ownership: Constructing your own version of events
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Romeo and Juliet Tableaux Vivants

Unit 2: Romeo and Juliet
Lesson 12 of 12

Objective: SWBAT highlight key scenes in Romeo and Juliet by recreating a series of silent tableaux.

Big Idea: Swift and Silent Shakespeare Showcases Students' Superior Scene-making Skills

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