Reflection: Relevance Considering the Power of Hatred and Revenge in Act 3, Scene 1 - Section 3: Reading and Acting the Fight Scene


I had reservations about today's lesson, about doing the fight scene. This year, this week, it's just so close to home. On Thursday of last week, one of our seniors was shot and killed.


We were scheduled to read this scene on Friday, but I waited until today, Monday, and I wondered if today was even too soon. I thought about it all weekend-- about the timing, about the emotion, about the best course of action-- and decided that we had to proceed. And we had to understand this scene in particular. I decided that unpacking this scene was critical, despite the pain. The fight scene is what happened on Thursday night. It is eerily similar. A stupid fight. A promising life lost. Over. Nothing. 


Today was hard, but so important. I even understood this scene on a deeper level. The really crucial part of today-- the part that made it work-- was that I stopped and calmed the class before we began reading. I asked that everyone put their pen down and look up at me. I explained that I had thought about the best course of action all weekend, that I decided we had to read this scene because we had to understand, that if anyone was still wondering WHY we read Shakespeare that this was the answer. Humans are humans no matter the time period. 


Other teachers did not make the same decisions that I made. Several changed their lessons and that's important too. I know that I made the right decisions for my class. It was what they, and I, needed. We needed to talk about it, to learn about it, because that is what I want my English class to be about: learning about the folly and triumph of the human race and working to be better people ourselves. I never want to repeat this day or the last few; yet I am glad to that we had today and work through our emotions. The juxtapositions of life are much like that of the play. 


  Too close to home
  Relevance: Too close to home
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Considering the Power of Hatred and Revenge in Act 3, Scene 1

Unit 16: Romeo and Juliet Act 3: Analysis of Character Development and Film to Text Comparisions
Lesson 1 of 10

Objective: SWBAT determine a theme and analyze in detail its development over the course of a text by reading and acting Act 3, scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet

Big Idea: Is revenge ever okay?

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