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ERIC Number: ED475751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-18
Pages: 100
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding "Romeo and Juliet": A Thematic Unit.
Koveleski, Erin
This curriculum unit for Grade 9 combines the classic Shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet" with three young adult novels: "The Outsiders" (S.E. Hinton), "Summer of My German Soldier" (Bette Greene), and "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" (Elizabeth George Speare). To complete the unit, all students will be required to read the Shakespeare play; however, they will each choose which novel they would like to read. The unit states that students will read the novels before reading the play--this will allow them time to understand the major themes of the novels before tackling "Romeo and Juliet." In the unit, the novels serve two purposes: to introduce students to various narrative elements; and to act as a thematic bridge. Each YAL (Young Adolescent Literature) novel that is included in the unit contains themes that cross over into the play. By using these YAL novels to gradually introduce the themes of "Romeo and Juliet" to the class before they begin the play, the unit can increase both comprehension and enjoyment of William Shakespeare's drama. The unit is divided into the following parts: Rationale; Objectives; Motivations; Student Activities; General Discussion Questions for the Teacher; Study Guide Questions for the Students; Vocabulary; Follow-Up Activities; and Evaluation/Assessment. (Contains 39 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A