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Focus Questions: Evaluating Film Adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet"

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This bundle of worksheets asks students to critically evaluate film adaptations of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" - both the 1968 Franco Zeffirelli version and the 1996 Baz Luhrmann version. Questions included ask students to analyze the directors' interpretations, cuts, and creative liberties as well as the actors' interpretations of the characters. Students must think like directors and are asked to think deeper than simply sharing their opinions or recording observations. This is a great way to help students develop the skills needs under the Common Core Reading Standard 7 from grades 9-12.

I showed select scenes from each of the films after we finished each act of the play. The act 1 worksheet focuses solely on scene 5, the act 2 worksheet focuses solely on scene 2 (the balcony scene), act 3 focuses on different scenes from the two versions (I avoid the nudity in the '68 version this way), and acts 4 and 5 focus on the entire act overall.
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