Nexus: Romeo and Juliet and the Renaissance
The text in each chapter-lesson is LACED WITH CAPTIVATING ANECDOTES THAT GRAB AND HOLD STUDENTS’ ATTENTION.
(SEE TEXT SAMPLES IN GREEN BELOW.)
Our Common Core, student friendly Romeo and Juliet figurative language lessons are taught in engaging game formats – making Shakespeare’s language exciting, fun, and accessible without modern translations.
NEXUS Cross-Curricular Connections in each Lesson Deepen Students’ Understanding of the Play and Period.
“CURRENT STUDIES are revealing that adolescents undergo major developmental changes in their BRAIN NETWORKS — that is, in how the different regions of their brains “talk” to one another, co-regulate, and coordinate….It is the networks’ interdependence that strengthens the rationale for a whole learner approach to education, and likely explains why, when done well, such an approach is so powerful. – EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, May 2020
The Educational Leadership article goes on to state that the brain has three interdependent networks, one of which is driven by emotions. When this emotional network is NOT stimulated, which is often the case in academic learning environments with traditional textbooks, the other brain networks do not function as well. “One can think of the kids’ emotional engagement…as fueling motivated thinking, either concrete or abstract, like the outboard motor that both pushes the boat and steers it.” Part of the reason the NEXUS approach is so effective is because it not only connects disciplines, it also connects learning to students’ emotional and experiential brain networks (see Julius Caesar text sample under “Lesson on Shakespeare’s Language and the Writings of Julius Caesar,” Antigone text samples: “Antigone’s Challenge: Democracy or Dictatorship” and “A Recipe for Tragedy: Aristotle and Oedipus Rex,” and Macbeth sample text under “Lesson on Macbeth Themes: Fatal Passion and the War Within.”)
“NEXUS is one of the best things I’ve ever seen. You’ve done an exceptional job with Romeo and Juliet and the Renaissance.” Dr. Paulette Goll, English Chair, Lincoln-West H.S., Cleveland, OH
“I am absolutely stunned by the quality of these materials – thank you so much!” R.R. Wilkinson, Home School Teacher, Kittredge, CO
THE COLLEGE BOARD
“The materials in this title, wide in scope but nicely detailed, are valuable to any teacher, and…can be used with a variety of period texts. The magazine format is appealing, especially to younger students….All NEXUS volumes emphasize the critical skills and analogical thinking that are crucial for success on the SAT.”
CLASSROOM NOTES PLUS, NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)
“Each [NEXUS] volume…is a hybrid of a well-written interdisciplinary textbook and a lively, attractive magazine.”
Aligned with Common Core Standards. For secondary students.
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