Act I, Scene 5 - How can I teach it most interestingly?I just do not have any ides how to teach it more interesting. I have to work on the text, okay. But after that how can I show to the pupils...

Act I, Scene 5 - How can I teach it most interestingly?

I just do not have any ides how to teach it more interesting. I have to work on the text, okay. But after that how can I show to the pupils that it is a beautiful scene and not only working on the text?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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There are many things you can do with this scene.

First, it is episodic. You could have your students identify 6 events in the scene and put those into cartoons. You could even give them the 6 ideas, then have them illustrate (i.e. Old Man Capulet wants to see girlees dance, Romeo catches a glimpse from across the room, Tybalt catches a glimpse of Romeo).

Another idea might be demonstrating how much of a web is weaved in this scene that introduces the entire conflict of the story. Bring in some yarn. Stage people in the room as if they are some of the different characters, watch where the action goes by throwing the yarn each time the action moves to a new spot. Talk about what the web demonstrates or is setting up: GREAT CONFLICT. Maybe as the yarn is tossed around the room, have students trace on paper where the yarn goes, identifying the event and describing the conflict being created.

I have had students do the Pilgrim and Saints Dance to demonstrate how hands-off a dance would have been in Shakespeare's time. This would have shown that Romeo's boldness with Juliet is entirely unheard of... then. I let students do the dance to both 16th century English music and their own tunes.

Hope these ideas help you!

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