This project is designed to help students understand the relevance of Shakespeare’s themes to any time period. It also gives students a chance to gain many valuable literacy skills: paraphrasing, translating between dialects, translating symbols, oral language, and public speaking.
I started doing this project in my second full year of teaching with regular English 9 students at a low-income school it has since become a staple of my 9th grade English classroom with students of every level (ELL, Honors, MYP, etc). I am a bit of a control freak so something this unstructured is a bit intimidating for someone like me so as you can see I try to structure as much as I can. What I came to realize about this project is that even if the final product is not perfect this type of activity is much more about the process than the performance. Every year a few students have surprised me with how much thought and time they put into the project (and let’s be honest some of them let me down with how little they do). Still, for those that do take this seriously it is such a valuable experience that it’s worth a little chaos in my classroom for a week or two.
-Setting Adaptation Packet
-Peer Evaluation Rubric
-Script Adaptation Packet Example (Romeo & Juliet Act 1, Scene 1-part A)
**Script Adaptation Packets from other Romeo & Juliet Scenes**