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Give Peace a Chance
Can death lead to peace? The ending of Romeo and Juliet suggests that the longstanding feud between the Capulets and Montagues is at last reconciled through the deaths of their two children. As a class, discuss the plausibility of such a resolution. Think about examples in history or in our own time to support your point of view. CONSIDER COMMON CORE ANCHOR STANDARDS R2, R3, SL1
Romeo and Juliet in Art
In addition to music, there has been a lot of art that is based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Analyze one of these works and think about the following questions:
- Who is illustrated?
- What scene is being depicted?
- What is the importance of the scene?
- What details did the artist accentuate and for what purpose?
- What details in the artwork allude to the previous scene?
- Are there any foretelling details of the plot yet to come?
- What imagery is strong in the illustration, and how?
Use the website, Shakespeare Illustrated, to find Shakespeare-inspired artwork that supports this activity. The web address can be found on page 80 of the “Techno Shakespeare” section of this handbook. CONSIDER COMMON CORE ANCHOR STANDARDS R2, R9, R6, R7
Split the class into five groups, each group takes one act of the play. Using only lines from the script, produce a three-minute version of your act. When you are ready, put each of the five acts together to produce a fifteen minute version of the whole play. To mix it up a bit, perform each act using a different genre—soap opera, mystery, western, Broadway musical, etc. CONSIDER COMMON CORE ANCHOR STANDARDS R2, R3, SL2, SL4