ELA_Grade 9_Unit 5_CA Teacher Edition - UNIT 5 Coming of Age on Stage Visual Prompt The balcony scene is one of the most famous in Romeo and Juliet

ELA_Grade 9_Unit 5_CA Teacher Edition - UNIT 5 Coming...

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Unit Overview Romeo and Juliet , a coming-of-age drama about two young star-crossed lovers, was one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays in his lifetime. To this day, it is one of his most widely performed plays, and it has inspired countless artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring to life their own visions of this timeless tragedy. In this unit, you will join their ranks by planning and performing your own collaborative interpretation of a scene. After reflecting on this experience, you will conduct research to support an argument about the relevance of Shakespeare in today’s world. Visual Prompt : The balcony scene is one of the most famous in Romeo and Juliet . How do you visualize this scene? UNIT 5 Coming of Age on Stage © 2017 College Board. All rights reserved. UNIT 5 Read aloud the Unit Overview, asking students to mark the text by highlighting words and phrases that help them predict what the unit will be about. Share responses in partner, small-group, or whole- class discussion. Have students look at the photograph and respond to the visual prompt. You may want to have students think-pair-share to write a short response or discuss their responses as a class. TEACHER TO TEACHER Have students begin to think about the power of theater and drama by posing the unit’s Essential Questions: How do actors and directors use theatrical elements to create a dramatic interpretation? Why do we study Shakespeare? You may want to ask students to reflect on and share their knowledge of the play Romeo and Juliet . For example, some students may be familiar with the story from popular songs or films that reference the plot or characters. Students who have studied A Midsummer Night’s Dream may remember the Pyramus and Thisbe story from the play within a play and be able to connect it to the story of Romeo and Juliet. Have students think about why this play is so frequently referenced in popular culture. ELL Support ELD Modes and Processes Collaborative: Students work together in pairs and small groups to rehearse performances of a soliloquy from Romeo and Juliet . They also collaborate on prewriting two argument essays about the play. Interpretive: Students compare different filmed scenes of Romeo and Juliet and analyze each for their effectiveness. Productive: Students produce two pieces of argument writing, in addition to completing graphic organizers that require them to paraphrase and “translate” Shakespearean verse into their own words. © 2017 College Board. All rights reserved.
GOALS: • To cite textual evidence to support analysis of a dramatic text • To analyze the representation of key scenes in text, film, and other mediums • To collaborate with peers on an interpretive performance • To conduct research to answer questions and gather evidence • To analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance a purpose • To write an argument to support a claim Contents Activities 5.1 Previewing the Unit .................................................................. 352 5.2 Shakespeare’s Age ................................................................... 353 Monologue: Excerpt from As You Like It , by William Shakespeare 5.3

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