Thursday, May 2, 2013

May 2 & 3 Block Days Lesson: Comparing and contrasting media versions

Essential Question: What strategies might help us to better understand drama and, specifically, Shakespeare’s plays?

I. Do Now (5 minutes): Answer the following in writing: How does the concept of coming of age relate so far to Romeo? What about Juliet?

Ii. Read and discuss ( 2 minutes):
The Purpose of examining two different film interpretations of Romeo and Juliet:

To compare and evaluate media productions
To compare and contrast media versions with written text

IIi. Finish reading Act III ( 15 minutes)

IV. The Balcony Scene/ Luhrmann: Clip 2, Scene 14 (0:35:38-0:45:05); Zeffirelli: Clip 1, Scene 7 (0:40:18-0:51:39) ( 25 minutes)

Set Design: What does it look like? What does the set look and feel like? How does its design affect the way the actors move?


Movements of Actors on Stage or Set/Why did the director place the actors where he did? (blocking) 


How does the way the director staged the scene help you to understand it better? 

Which version seems more effective and why? 

How could you achieve a similar effect with the resources available to you (dramaturgy)? 

III. Activity 4.15: A Quick Wedding ( 25 minutes) 
If the wedding were added to the action of the play, Act II, Scene 6, how would you show it in two different time periods---Shakespeare’s and now? Describe in detail your choices below and justify them in the space provided.  

Time Period: Shakespeare’s Time 

IV. Writing Prompt ( 8 minutes ): Visualize the final scene of Act II. Write a script with wedding vows for the star-crossed lovers. In your script, include descriptions of gestures, movement, and staging that evoke a definite tone or mood.   

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