This lesson is designed for students to close read one scene from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The students will close read the text examining the depictions of childhood and adolescence. After viewing and comparing three Romeo and Juliet film clips and a Westside Story clip if the Capulet Feast, students will analyze the text, and discuss the method Shakespeare uses to reveal innocence, a sense of wonder, tribulation, and terror. Students will apply critical literary theory lenses to their analysis. A Socratic Seminar completes the study. A link to the 2008B AP English Literature exam, rubric, student samples, and essay commentary is provided. Several links to multimedia is also part of the packet.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. This unit is perfect for Language Arts class and writing courses. Common Core standards, Essential and Key Questions, and links to several multimedia links included.
Key words: William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, literary theory, Marxist Criticism, Feminist Criticism, New Historicism/Cultural Studies Criticism, Psychoanalytic Criticism, Pre-AP, AP English Literature, AP English Language, Gifted, comparison, film study, Socratic Seminar, drama, writing