Reflection: Pacing What is True Love? Discussion and Analysis of Theme in Act 1, scene 2. - Section 2: Reading Act I, scene ii


It may seem crazy to read one short scene per hour of class, but I think that it's better to take the time and make sure everyone understands now, than to reach the end and have even one student ask, "so what happened?" I mention this now because the scene we read today could, in theory, be read rather quickly. In a sense, it is a stepping stone to the party scene, when the real action happens. I take time with it because even the short introductory scenes are packed with meaning. In the video clip, I explain that the first page of the scene, only 27 lines, takes about ten minutes to read because we not only summarize, but discuss Shakespeare's choices, the lifestyle differences between then and now, the familiarity of these characters (kind father, dimwitted servant).

The class really connected to Capulet. They all want a father who respects his child's wishes, even though she may seem different from the rest of society (Paris argues that many girls her age are already mothers, therefore Juliet should be thinking about marriage, lest she be left behind). He is the first character they really like. Sure they like Benvolio, but some want him to be firmer with Romeo, so he snaps out of it. 

  Slow and steady wins the race
  Pacing: Slow and steady wins the race
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What is True Love? Discussion and Analysis of Theme in Act 1, scene 2.

Unit 14: Romeo and Juliet Act 1: Character Introduction and Analysis
Lesson 4 of 10

Objective: SWBAT determine a theme of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text by tracing Romeo's attitude and language concerning love in Act 1, scene 2.

Big Idea: Does Romeo love Rosaline? Let's look at his language and figure it out.

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