Reflection: Modeling Analyzing How Humor and Hatred Coexist in Act 1 Scene 1 - Section 3: Reading Act 1, scene i and an Introduction to Characters


The key to teaching Shakespeare is modeling. The teacher needs to repeat significant lines from the play with appropriate tone, pronunciation, and pauses. Student readers can't be expected to read for understanding and play the role of actor, especially upon first read. I was reminded of this today. I haven't actually taught Romeo and Juliet in a couple of years because I have had student teachers, who have taught this play. I am by no means an actress, but it was fun to say the lines as they are meant to be read and see their faces change from confusion to understanding. I have missed teaching it!

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Analyzing How Humor and Hatred Coexist in Act 1 Scene 1

Unit 14: Romeo and Juliet Act 1: Character Introduction and Analysis
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze how an author's choices concerning how to order events within a text creates tension by reading and responding to Act 1, scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet.

Big Idea: The opening scene of a story about love centers around hate. Why?

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