In this self-contained, 75 minute English Language and Literature lesson, students will analyse two well-known multimedia texts (the prologue to The Simpsons and the book-covers to Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone) in order to develop an understanding of the value of prologues, as well as their tonal and thematic significance to a work. Students will take these considerations and apply it to the prologue to Romeo and Juliet, breaking down the Shakespearean language by stanza, identifying the specific components of literary devices and figurative language. Lastly, they will make specific, evidence-based predictions (diagnostic assessment through exit cards) after reading the prologue regarding the characters, the setting, the plot and the major themes of Romeo and Juliet - all before starting Act 1! Includes a two page teacher guide, a Google Slides slideshow, as well as accompanying handouts.
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