I hope that each of you had a wonderful and exciting weekend! We are officially half way through the semester! This is a big deal! I wanted to take a moment and congratulate you each on all of your hard work. Remember, we are only half way through, so there is still plenty for us to learn each day!!! As we are reading Romeo and Juliet, I wanted you to be mindful of a few things: First, this play is taught to Freshman because it is rather relatable. Second, the focus of this unit is not just on the play itself, but rather specific moments we can look at, in the play, to explore and discover new meaning. As we are now at the half way point, the shift and focus will be much more on your writing abilities. Please remember, you will only get what you put into your writing. If you truly want to be a better writer, then I am here to assist you! We also will be reading quite a few information texts during this unit.
Below is the proposed agenda:
Common Core Standards:
RL.9-10.3 and RL 9-10.7
What is drama?
What is a play?
Who is Shakespeare?
How does conflict negatively affect future generations?
How can we learn from the mistakes of others?
Why do we write?
What does effective communication look like?
How can we communicate with others more effectively every day?
Monday: SSR, vocabulary, drama journal, character maps continued, and continue reading Romeo and Juliet. Overview: Today students will focus on understanding the relationship and quarrelsome nature between the two households in Romeo and Juliet. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will have read, discussed, analyzed, and written about the nature of quarrels between rival family’s in Romeo and Juliet. Students will also have complete their vocabulary worksheets, and begun using their words in their drama journals. Homework: None.
Tuesday: SSR, vocabulary review, drama journals continued, continue reading Romeo and Juliet, and begin learning about verse and prose. Overview: Today students will focus on looking at structure of Romeo and Juliet, as well as understanding the difference between verse and prose. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will have a much firmer grasp on the differences between verse and prose and how they add to plays in a meaningful way. Homework: None.
Wednesday: SSR, annotations of characters and situations assignment, continue reading Romeo and Juliet, and drama journal prompt. Overview: Today students will focus on annotating text as they look at different characters and situations. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will be able to analyze, annotated, and assess different characters in the play Romeo and Juliet. Students will arrive at this process through analyzing and annotating the actual play Romeo and Juliet. Homework: None.
Thursday: SSR, begin playwriting assignment, continue reading Romeo and Juliet, and drama journal prompt. Overview: Today students will continue reading Romeo and Juliet, as well as begin looking at the elements that make up a play, and then they will begin writing one themselves. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will have successfully begun employing what they have learned about plays to begin creating their own. This is one of the more coveted assignments, by students, that we work on each year. Homework: Continue to brainstorm ideas for plays and study for vocabulary quiz tomorrow.
Friday: Vocabulary Quiz, ssr, continue play writing assignment, and continue reading Romeo and Juliet. Overview: Today students will take their vocabulary quiz, as well as continue working on their group plays. Outcomes: Students will demonstrate their understanding of new words, as well as their understanding of plays as they continue to write their own. Homework: None.