ROMEO AND JULIET
Themes, Lesson Plans,
Nexus: Romeo and Juliet and the Renaissance
Common Core Romeo and Juliet made Student Friendly without Paraphrasing Shakespeare’s Language.
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NEXUS Cross-Curricular Connections in each Lesson Deepen Students’ Understanding of the Play and Period.
Figurative Language in Romeo and Juliet
- 5 Common Core Standards in 1 Exercise – NEXUS Explications of Shakespeare’s Figurative Language.
- By a rigorous application of CSSRL.4, the NEXUS explication (nexplication) also satisfies CSSRL1, CSSRL.2 and CSSRL.3 and Anchor R.5 (See Below).
Shakespeare’s Figurative Language
Word Games: Similes, Metaphors, and Personification, Irony and Antithesis
Eye Themes (Love is Blind vs. Love at First Sight)” and the development of complex characters through their use of figurative language. This lesson is aligned with Common Core Standard CSSRL.4 (for GRADES 9-10).n this exciting, four-pronged lesson students break down the Bard’s language into frequently used language patterns which are taught as word games – “Pun Ping Pong,” “Word Teeter Totters” (antithesis, oxymorons, and parallelism), etc. This playful approach makes Shakespeare’s language accessible, fascinating and fun. Students draw inferences from the passage and link Shakespeare’s insights to their lives. Students also track the development of Romeo and Juliet themes through “series metaphors” (e.g., repeated eye metaphors) in the lesson “
Macbeth and the Dark Ages, NEXUS, “Shakespeare and Caesar, Mysteries of the Mind,” Julius Caesar and Ancient Rome, from Republic to Empire, NEXUS, and “Sophocles’ Seesaw” in Antigone and the Greek World, NEXUS.or more on figurative language, see “Word Wars,”
The Shakespeare Stage
CSSRL.4, CSSRL.5 and CSSRL.6 (for GRADES 9-10).his robust introduction to Elizabethan drama brings the Globe Theater to vibrant life. Students feel the pulsating energy and excitement of English Renaissance theater and learn the demands of Shakespeare’s stage. Students learn, for example, that characters needed to represent and argue multiple points of view to engage all classes in the audience, and that playwrights had to rely on language cues to establish time, place, and even temperature – “The day is hot, the Capels are broad…” or “It was the lark, the herald of the morn….Night’s candles are burnt out.” This chapter is aligned with Common Core Standards
Visual Metaphor in Renaissance Art
In this lesson students identify and interpret visual metaphors in famous Renaissance paintings.
Romeo and Juliet and Renaissance History
The Renaissance – Romeo and Juliet Pre-Reading Activities
n this straight forward, easy-to-read and lively introduction to the period, students examine the birth of the Renaissance in 15th-century Italy and link Renaissance humanism to Shakespeare’s plays in general and to Romeo and Juliet in particular and to works of visual art.
Romeo and Juliet Prologue Activity and Romeo and Juliet Themes: Italian Family Feuds and Power Struggles in Verona
Mercutio’s Fashion Statements and Romeo’s Outfits
Shakespeare, Science and Paths of Discovery
- As Shakespeare used metaphors to connect disparate ideas and things, Galileo and Leonardo da Vinci, like scientists today, frequently employed analogy to find common ground between, what at first glance, seemed unrelated phenomena. Analogy and observation were two of the key tools they used to achieve their astonishing discoveries.
Leonardo Da Vinci Flying Machine – Common Core Science Activities
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1 and CORE SCIENCE and TECHNICAL STANDARDS CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.1 and RST.2, RST.6, RST.7 and RST.8his lesson examines Leonardo’s use of analogy in making discoveries about flight, for example, “he compared flying to swimming, believing birds use their wings and tail to take advantage of the air in the same way a swimmer uses her arms and legs to stay afloat in water. He wrote: ‘Swimming upon water teaches men how birds [swim] upon the air.’ Leonardo also compared birds to boats. The bird’s tail, he noted, acts like a rudder, helping it to steer. Its wings behave like oars, enabling the bird to drive itself forward. These analogies made many things clear, though they also led to an unfortunate error…” [Also see “Physics of the Crossbow,” The Lion in Winter and the Middle Ages, NEXUS. This physics and history lesson satisfies
Galileo – Eye on the Moon
Galileo vs. the Geocentric View of Ptolemy
The Spots that Changed Our View of the World.
Patterns in Literature and Music
Renaissance Music and Pattern Recognition – A Romeo and Juliet Activity
pplying the cross-curriculum thinking skill that we call Pattern Recognition to Renaissance counterpoint, students learn to recognize counterpoint and write it in the manner of Renaissance composers.
Child Stars in Shakespeare’s Plays
his chapter examines the phenomenon of boy actors (many of whom were members of children’s choirs) playing the women’s roles in Shakespeare’s plays. Yes, in Renaissance productions of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet was a boy!
Romeo and Juliet Lesson Plans and Interdisciplinary Support Material
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Romeo and Juliet Project Ideas
Romeo and Juliet Activities
- Romeo and Juliet Vocabulary
courtly love see “Courtly Love – An Attitude Toward Women,” “The Love Poets (Troubadours),” and “Troubadours of Rock” in The Lion in Winter and the Middle Ages, NEXUS). This supplementary lesson is aligned with CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1, RL.2 and RL.4 (for 9-10).n this supplement, we examine Mercutio’s disparagement of courtly love conventions (“groaning for love,” “Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh; speak but one rhyme, and I am satisfied! Cry but ‘Ay me!’ pronounce but ‘love’ and ‘dove’), conventions that Romeo adopts wholeheartedly from the era of the Troubadours and Petrarch. (For more on
tudents learn about the development of English theater from Mystery and Morality plays to the various types of Elizabethan drama: tragedy, comedy, and history – and the combinations of these mocked in Hamlet. They are also introduced to the itinerant companies of players that Shakespeare would have seen as a boy touring Stratford-upon-Avon, like the players in Hamlet.
For Romeo and Juliet Lesson Plans see Lesson Plans menu
Romeo and Juliet Vocabulary (Coming Soon)
- Romeo and Juliet Quizzes (Coming Soon)
Romeo and Juliet Test (Coming Soon)
Shakespeare Study Hall/Romeo and Juliet (Spring 2020)
Romeo and Juliet vocabulary exercises and quizzes, plot quizzes and tests will soon be available.
GUIDELINES: The NEXUS guidelines suggest interdisciplinary activities, additional lessons in five subject areas, and student-friendly ancillary readings.