Essential Question: What strategies might help us to better understand drama and, specifically, Shakespeare’s plays?
I. Do Now: The following are chunks from Act II, Scene 2 in the play. Pairing up, translate the lines into the other forms below (8 minutes). You might use the R & J text to help you.
Original Text: O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo!
Deny thy father and refuse thy name!
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn by love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
Standard English: O Romeo, Romeo. Why does your name have to be Romeo? Give up
your father and your name; or if you can’t, then tell me you love me
and I marry you and no longer be a Capulet.
Text Message: O.R.R.! Why r u a R.? Deny ur father and refuse name, Or tell me u
luv me 2 n I will no longer b a C.
1. Original text: Juliet:
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
2. Original Text: Romeo:
“With love’s light wings did I o’er-perch h these walls;
For stony limits cannot hold love out”
2. Finish Reading Act III and Act IV in pairs quietly.
*Identify those statements ( our previously completed “anticipation guide” that are “false” below and explain why. You can simply put the number of the statement on paper and write your explanation next to it.
interaction into an email or text message. Your content will be similar, but your syntax
and voice will change. Be sure to use the proper structure for your format.
Using the Internet ( at home or in guided) identify the words in bold type in the following passages from Romeo and Juliet. These are allusions (references). Allusions to mythology, history ...etc. were often used by Shakespeare, and many in his own day readily recognized these. We may not. Explain the allusion after researching it.
and soar with them above a common bound.
just one nickname for her totally blind son and heir,
young Adam Cupid. He’s the one who shot so well
causing King Cophetua to love the beggar maid [ Act 2,
Scene 1, lines 13-16].