Shakespeare didn’t write his plays to be slogged through while silently reading. They are stage masterpieces with so many opportunities to update for modern audiences with relevant and universal themes.
That old standby Romeo and Juliet, a staple in 9th grade English, is so much more meaningful and fun with PBL when you assign student groups a scene and give them free reign to interpret and present the scene with their own choices and voice. How do you assess the work leading up to the scene presentation? A Directors Notebook
The materials include: detailed teaching notes, two handouts for students that explain the roles, task, and directions for the scene presentation and directors notebook, two rubrics, and a model or the directors notebook as well as a couple student models of updated scripts. It is provided in a zipfile with EDITABLE word documents and PDFs.
Key words: Romeo and Juliet, heterogeneous grouping, PBL, differentiation, engagement,