ROMEO AND JULIET is frequently audiotaped, videorecorded and filmed. In his 1996 movie version of Shakespeare's play, Baz Luhrmann brought the Bard's lovers into a world of speeding cars and automatic weapons.
This video guide is designed for students who have completed their study of the text of ROMEO AND JULIET. Using this guide, they will be able to compare Shakespeare's tragedy with Luhrmann's film, focusing on such dramatic aspects as plot, characterization and theme, along with the uses of visual imagery and music in film.
The guide contains:
- two pages of teacher's notes with suggestions for use;
- a ten-page video guide with anticipation and contemplation questions, along with a Venn diagram students use during viewing to compare 25 plot events from the text and the film;
- a ten-page teacher's key.
Using this guide keeps students focused during film viewing and enables them to apply their knowledge of Shakespeare's play to another medium, as well as gaining an opportunity for painless practice in gathering material for persuasive writing.
This is an incredible activity which will greatly enhance showing the Lurhmann version of Romeo and Juliet. I really like to show my classes this version but have struggled with the idea because I've never had a meaningful assignment to give along with it. Now I do!
Hi, Brandon --
Belated thanks for your kind comment. Films are great classroom tools when kids are actively engaged with them, and I'm happy that my guide is working for your students.
Best wishes --
The Old Lady