I had never read Romeo and Juliet until it was assigned in my first college Shakespeare class. I remember munching on popcorn, flipping through the pages thinking, “There’s no way these two die in the end. Everything will turn out ok.”
That is the power of the Bard: To craft a story so life-like, so intense, that as readers and viewers we are captivated even as we’ve heard the tale before. Not only are the individual stories memorable (I mean, we’ve been reading and watching them for over 400 years!), the breadth of kinds of stories is amazing. Stories of war, of love lost and won, of greed, of adventure, of history, of the famous and the infamous, of...well I could go on, but you get the point.
He’s also got a couple of great lines.
In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 1616 (and National Poetry Month!), invite your students to have a debate, using the CERCA Framework, about any of the following questions. (And be sure to submit add yours using the form below.)
Use these applied reading and writing lessons to introduce your students to the Bard and his language:
Support your student’s learning with the following CERCA sets (differentiated text sets for grades 3-12):
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