This last week I did one of my favorite Romeo and Juliet lessons with my Freshman.
Now, when I teach The ally, I don’t have them read EVERY single scene in the play. I got the idea from one of my old neighbors, who also taught 9th grade English. She divided the play into 6 key scenes:
I have been doing it this way for the last 4 years. I absolutely love it. It allows me to go deeper with these parts of the text.
...So this week we did The Ball. My teacher bestie across the hall came up with a really great lesson for this part of the play ( so all the credit goes to her), and it has become one of my favorite lessons.
I have 3 (well more like 5) different versions of Romeo and Juliet. So I show this particular scene from each version. The first version I show then is from a performance at The Globe back in 2010. The second version I use is the Zeferrelli version made in 1968. I asked the kids which version they liked the best and hands down this was their favorite version because it showed them what it would have been like “back then.” The third version I use is the Leonardo DiCaprio version. They all thought this one was weird...yes- you are right.
After each version, we discuss the clip and why the director chose to portray the scene this particular way. It is a great lesson and really helped the kids see how pivotal this scene is to the play.