There is no better way to get students
"hooked" on Shakespeare than to have them actually perform in the plays. These short cuttings of significant scenes from Romeo and Juliet require 2-4 performers and no one has more than 30 lines which makes them accessible for youngsters of all levels. Often, when teachers are about to begin a unit on Shakespeare,youngsters groan and say, "I never understand Shakespeare." With this hands- on approach, the students become actively involved in the performance. They begin to take ownership of their part in the play. When they help each other in their team, they are really learning two sections.
Participating in the play allows students to develop memorizing and performing skills.
The index at the beginning of the CD shows which scenes are used and the number of participants required. There are parts for 35 students so if a class has fewer than that,the teacher may choose which scenes to use.
There is also a section called Production with information on everything from staging and costuming, to grading. Because the youngsters' understanding of the play is so much more comprehensive, their writing about it will be siginicantly better. Suggestions about journal writing, comparison/contrast papers, and many other topics are included.