In this lesson, students create an epitaph for a character who dies in Romeo and Juliet. Student are given examples of famous and poignant epitaphs, a pre-writing chart, and a rubric to understand how they will be graded. the final product is a gravestone with an epitaph demonstrating the students knowledge of the character's traits and symbolism. Lesson is correlated with the 9th grade English TEKS.
This is a creative way to get them thinking about why these characters were important and what they can teach us.
December 26, 2011
I love this lesson...the students really got into the hands on project, and the example epitaphs and prewriting really helped scaffold students who weren't familira with what an eptiaph was. And the products on the wall are a good reminder of who survived and who didn't!
I have taught for 8 years in Texas. I have taught 9th through 12th graders, included Pre-AP English, Preparatory English, Creative Writing, Engineering Design, AP Psychology, and preperatory psychology.