This lesson allows students to grapple with the original Shakespeare text while still getting a full understanding of the differing points-of-view surrounding Juliet's eligibility for marriage.
Students use textual evidence from Acts 1.2 and 1.3 to support claims regarding 5 characters' plans for Juliet's future. A fun point-of view worksheet allows for students to record character quotes as well as a summary of that character's belief. As a shorter option, this activity can also be competed by only focusing on Act 1.3 (a condensed worksheet is provided to allow for this).
Most importantly I have painstakingly broken up Act 1.3 into sentence strips which students use to construct a modern translation of their assigned line. These sentences are later reassembled for 3 volunteer actors to read in a *completely modern* rendition of the original text.
Students can use "No Fear Shakespeare" on the internet for their translations OR they can use the margin notes contained within in your own class set of the play.
After all translations are reassembled back into the correct order and the modern scene is read aloud, students add the POVs of the Nurse, Lady Capulet and Juliet to their Textual evidence worksheet.
By the end of the lesson, students will have POVs recorded for Capulet, Paris, the Nurse, Lady Capulet and Juliet as well as provided textual evidence to support their claims. They will also have completed a webquest to assist in translating a manageable line or two of the original text. They will then hear the modern scene read *in all its glory*, fully understanding the different pulls on Juliet's life.
This fun activity is sure to be a hit!
1) Lesson Instructions
2) Photocopy instructions
3) A master copy of an Abridged version of Act 1.3 for the teacher to follow along with.
4) A nicely-organized photocopy set of each character's specific lines so that each character can be associated with a different color. (I have created different borders for each character in case this is not an option for you)
5) A Textual Evidence POV worksheet to record a quote and summary of the POV of Paris, Capulet, Lady Capulet, Nurse and Juliet)
6) Answer suggestions for the worksheet