Thursday, May 2, 2013

May 1, 2013 Lesson

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.”

Standard English:

Text Message:

2. Original Text: Romeo: 

“With love’s light wings did I o’er-perch h these walls;       

For stony limits cannot hold love out”

Standard English:

Text Message:

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.

3. In Class: Choose at least ten lines of dialogue from Act III or IV and transform the  
     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.

1. You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings,
    and soar with them above a common bound.

2. Say one fair word to my friend Venus,
    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].


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