Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Lesson of the day
: Romeo & Juliet, basic plot and movie versions.
Video of the day: Clips from the 1968 and 1996 "Romeo and Juliet"s, "West Side Story," and "Shakespeare in Love"

1. Students recall the plot of "Romeo & Juliet," which I write on the board. I coach them to remember everything they can.
2. Students reassemble a cut-up plot summary, split up into 10 different pieces.
3. I pass out a copy of the prologue, in both the original and my Shakespeare -> ESL english translation. We talk about what it means, and how it tells you the main points of the story before it happens. Then we watch 3 versions of the prologue -- opening night from "Shakespeare in Love," the prologue of the 1996 Leo DiCaprio/Claire Danes genius version, and a 4 minute-ish clip from West Side Story. Man, I love a good dance fight!
4. Watch and compare/discuss clips of the party/love at first sight scene, balcony scene, and death scene.
5. In groups of 4, students are assigned one of 5 scenes to re-do. They make a scene summary and a dialogue translating a scene from "Romeo and Juliet" into modern-day Korea.
6. Students read the summaries and perform their dialogues.


Days of teaching: 4
Days at school: 5
Days in Korea: 10

Days until meeting new ETAs: 4

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