Romeo and Juliet Film Example Notetaking and Essay Paragraph

Romeo and Juliet Film Example Notetaking and Essay Paragraph
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I'm Zac, a secondary English teacher from Australia. Let me tell your more about this resource.

This one page resource is a model for secondary students from Years 8 to 10 in note-taking and creating paragraphs when studying narrative film.

The sample notes and paragraph come from my analysis of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet film adaptation from 1996. Luhrmann's film is visually striking and I have used it successfully for the past seven years to help students comprehend Shakespeare. The notes and sample essay paragraph focuses on the characterisation of Romeo in the film. It mentions lighting, camera angles, and props examples, to support the analysis. After the notes at the top of the handout, there is an example paragraph, incorporating film terminology that demonstrates how the notes fit into the paragraph. This handout uses the TEEL (topic, explain, evidence, link) model which is exactly the same as PEEL (point, explain, evidence, link). I'm not sure which one you are most familiar with. The sample paragraph is also an important example to show students how to synthesise material. In the sample paragraph I synthesise description, quotes and film terminology into one sentence. English teachers may know that synthesis is very important for senior secondary and helps student develop nominalisation. The document is in Word and it is fully editable and adjustable for your class.

Play this film with subtitles to familiarise students with Shakespearean.
Before writing, I get students to discuss whether they believe Romeo represents an authentic youth as a stimulus for engagement.
I also pair the film viewing with the play reading in full or of just key scenes. I sit students in a circle for reading and they take turns reading key scenes. You can check out all the
Keys Images from Romeo and Juliet

Further resources:
Film Education has excellent activties for students to explore cinematography, costume, set and mise-en-scene elements in the film as a PDF (

I hope you've found this helpful. If you have a question, please ask and I'll respond within 48 hours. Also, if you have time please check out my other resources, including the freebies.

Good luck and if you no one else tells you, you are making a difference. Thanks for being a teacher.
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