Romeo & Juliet Socratic Seminar Unit: Nonfiction, TED Talk, Poetry Paired Texts

Romeo & Juliet Socratic Seminar Unit: Nonfiction, TED Talk, Poetry Paired Texts
Romeo & Juliet Socratic Seminar Unit: Nonfiction, TED Talk, Poetry Paired Texts
Romeo & Juliet Socratic Seminar Unit: Nonfiction, TED Talk, Poetry Paired Texts
Romeo & Juliet Socratic Seminar Unit: Nonfiction, TED Talk, Poetry Paired Texts
Romeo & Juliet Socratic Seminar Unit: Nonfiction, TED Talk, Poetry Paired Texts
Romeo & Juliet Socratic Seminar Unit: Nonfiction, TED Talk, Poetry Paired Texts
Romeo & Juliet Socratic Seminar Unit: Nonfiction, TED Talk, Poetry Paired Texts
Romeo & Juliet Socratic Seminar Unit: Nonfiction, TED Talk, Poetry Paired Texts
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The current events articles, primary source activities, nonfiction close reading, poetry analysis, and creative writing activities included in this resource will get your students to compare artistic mediums while discussing essential questions.

If you want to teach a successful unit on Shakespeare’s classic play, it is essential that your students make connections to the ideas and issues that matter to them. These powerful activities will make Romeo and Juliet relevant to your students.

This unit of Romeo and Juliet activities focuses on many of the most important themes of the play: teens, gangs, violence, death, and revenge.

Get your students writing, discussing, analyzing, and working through the most important and challenging essential questions of Romeo and Juliet with these powerful and complete lesson plans. As they explore sources that range from a 17th century essay to a compelling TED Talk, from a jazzy poem to a powerful article in The New York Times, from an iconic poem of the 20th century to pop music from 2017, and from a photographic essay from 1948 to recently published non-fiction and opinion pieces, students will deepen and broaden their own ideas about these important issues.

When you teach Romeo and Juliet with these activities you will:

conquer your students’ writers block with engaging and relevant writing prompts

• have multiple options for ready-to-go activities for when you need to fill a little extra time

• help your students make connections between Shakespeare’s play and other times and places by analyzing multiple genres and art forms

bring your students’ critical thinking, writing, and close reading skills to the next level with ready-to-go lessons on rigorous poetry and nonfiction

• push your classes to question their assumptions about violence, gangs, and street culture by engaging them with contemporary nonfiction

teach fun, low-key classes while still fulfilling common core requirements

• engage your classes in dynamic discussions with the critical thinking questions

• watch your classes explore, enjoy, and analyze photography, poetry, nonfiction, and radio journalism

give your students scaffolding to work through challenging texts by utilizing the proven questions and graphic organizers included here

• quickly and easily grade your assessments by using the rubrics provided

In all, there is enough here for two weeks of rigorous, engaging, and fun lessons.

***The following resources are included in this bundle, all at a discount when you buy them together***

Socratic Seminar Unit: Nonfiction Close Reading, TED Talk, Informational Texts (normally priced at $7.97). You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here.

Shakespeare Primary Source Activity: Compare Artistic Mediums | Nonfiction & Visual Arts (normally priced at $4.97)

You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here.

Paired Text Pop Music & Poetry Lesson: Pop Culture (normally priced at $2.97)

You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here.

Texts Included in This Resource:

“Rules to Live By” a radio story excerpted from This American Life’s show on Harper High School in Chicago, 2016

“We Real Cool,” a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks, 1959

“Harlem (A Dream Deferred)” a poem by Langston Hughes, 1951

“Harlem Gang Leader” a photo essay by Gordon Parks, 1948

“Judith and Holofernes” a painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, completed between 1614–20

“Of Revenge” an essay by Francis Bacon, 1625

“Bored, Broke and Armed: Clues to Chicago’s Gang Violence” an article by John Eligon, published in The New York Times, 2016

“How We Cut Youth Violence in Boston by 79 Percent” a TED Talk by Jeffrey Brown, 2015

“There's Another Solution To Gang Violence” an opinion piece by Don Williamson, published in The Seattle Times, 1990

“We Are Reclaiming Chicago One Corner at a Time” an opinion piece by Tamar Manasseh, published in The New York Times, 2017

“Editorial: A Chicago alderman finally speaks truth to gang violence” an opinion piece by Editorial Board, published in The Chicago Tribune, 2017

“The Wrong Way to Fight Gangs” an opinion piece by Lauren Markham published in The New York Times, 2017

BONUS ITEMS not included in any of the individual resources: a suggested schedule, a graphic organizer for a synthesis essay, a guide to freewrites, and a guide to teaching with interactive notebooks.

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