Romeo and Juliet Unit Plan Presentation

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Romeo and Juliet Unit Plan:

Romeo and Juliet Unit Plan Steven Dail—EDSC 304

CA Content Standards Addressed (ELA CCSS) :

CA Content Standards Addressed (ELA CCSS) CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.) CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Big Ideas:

Big Ideas Students will analyze and develop personal responses to the follow key questions while drawing connections to the text of Romeo and Juliet. 1. How do the concepts of conflict, choice, and consequence affect your everyday life? 2. Why/how is the concept of loyalty often a driving force behind conflict, or tragic events? 3. D oes classic literature, such as Romeo and Juliet , manage to maintain relevance to modern day culture/events? If so, how and why?

21st Century Skills:

21 st Century Skills Students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through technology driven assignments and activities. Students will utilize the Internet to conduct research and to locate scholarly sources in completing a final unit paper. Students will create a presentation using a collaborative, web-based, platform—such as Google Slides.

Student Learning Objectives:

Student Learning Objectives Students will display the ability to locate and analyze the themes, motifs, and literary devices found within the play. Students will draw connections from the play to their own lives and/or culture and personal experiences. Students will further develop collaborative working skills through a group project/presentation.

Assessments:

Assessments Students will engage in daily journal/short essay assignments that draw connections from the text to their personal experiences. Additional in class activities are designed to encourage active discussions surrounding various concepts. Students will display their understanding of the major themes, motifs, and literary devices through a final unit analysis paper on the play. Students will complete a group assignment/presentation utilizing a web-based collaboration tool, such as Google Slides.

Learning Activities:

Learning Activities Think-Pair-Share: Students will be given a prompt, such as, “Is the love affair between Romeo and Juliet sustainable over a long period of time? Or, are their feelings simply the result of adolescent obsession—due to fade in time? Why/Why not?” Students are asked to record their own thoughts first, then are put into pairs to discuss and reach a group consensus, then share their consensus with the class and engage in a class-wide discussion on the topic. Cause and Effect: Throughout the unit, a “Cause and Effect” worksheet will be handed out to help students conceptualize why and how the major action unfolds in the play. The worksheets ask students to analyze why certain characters decide to do what they do within the storyline, and what the implications are for those decisions. The “Cause and Effect” worksheets work towards the final group project/presentation, where groups are to make a well-supported case for “Which character is most responsible for the tragic outcome of the play?”

Why I Chose this topic:

Why I Chose this topic I chose Romeo and Juliet as the topic for my unit plan because it is a timeless story with many layers to unfold through literary analysis. Romeo and Juliet is a story young adults can relate to, as the play covers themes of forbidden love, familial expectations, loyalty, and consequences, to name a few. I feel that the social implications and the overall themes found in the play are equally relevant today as they were in Shakespeare’s time—making it a great selection of Shakespeare’s work to draw connections to students’ personal lives. Furthermore, Romeo and Juliet lends itself to several interpretations, which makes it an ideal story for student papers and technology-rich presentations—where creativity, critical thinking, and deep analysis of the text are naturally encouraged by the nature of the story.

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