Thinking Shakespeare – Romeo & Juliet
The Thinking Shakespeare series is a collection of learning activities that encourages understanding through a logical progression of thinking skills - from remembering who, what, and when, to knowing how and why. This progression is based on Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. This photocopiable series is designed to help make Shakespeare accessible, simply that. Studying the bard is not always an easy exercise and his plays still excite controversy and disagreement in the most distinguished academic circles. Very often exercises and activities used in textbooks are daunting for students and, while Shakespeare is a fundamental part of English language curricula throughout the world, his plays are not always easy to read and understand. The 'Thinking Shakespeare' series is designed to ease that understanding. Using Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, students are presented with a sequence of exercises and activities which begin with events and characters and progressively become more demanding. Teachers may pull pages and ideas from the series to compliment their own programmes. The activities may be used for individual, home, group or whole-of-class work. Because the sections are broadly similar throughout the series, similar lines of enquiry may be embarked upon across several of the plays. Generally, students will begin by remembering details and end by developing and expressing their own ideas. The structure of the series also means that there is plenty of work for young readers, right through to more advanced students. Never far away is the intention to foster a sense of enjoyment and appreciation of Shakespeare.
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two teenaged lovers whose 'untimely deaths' have the effect of unifying their feuding families. The play has been highly praised for its language and dramatic effect, was very popular during Shakespeare's lifetime and is one of his most frequently performed works. Its influence is seen in musical, operatic, stage and film adaptations (e.g. West Side Story) and its two main characters depicted as archetypal young lovers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jeff Lilly majored in English and History and is a qualified teacher with some thirty years of experience at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. He is the author of a children's novel, writes feature articles for magazines and actively edits educational material. As an alternative to a random approach he sees Bloom's Taxonomy as being extremely useful in structuring activities and questions in texts, so that there is a natural and logical progression - therefore a better and more satisfying understanding.
[ISBN: 9781869685263; Pages: 56]
[Author: Jeff Lilly; Age Suitability: Secondary]
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