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Day 142: Binaries in R & J April 12, 2011

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1. Listing binaries. Students listed three binaries they thought appear in Romeo and Juliet. Then, students had some time to review the reading and add to their Reading Guide before the quiz.

2. Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. We listened to this clip on NPR about Age and Youth in Prokofiev’s musical interpretation of Shakespeare’s play. (Click on the link and listen if you were absent.)

As students listened, they listed the qualities of age and youth apparent in each musical section.

We will begin a project centered around artistic interpretations of Romeo and Juliet in the next week. Students will receive more information on the project tomorrow.

3. Oral Quiz. We reviewed the rest of Act II with an oral quiz.

4. Group analysis of binaries in Act II. Students chose one of the following binaries to explore more in depth: Age and Youth, Moderation and Passion, or Healing and Poison. Then, they received a short passage about the binary with a set of questions attached. The diagram/drawing question is extra credit and is not required. Here are all the different options in one document: II.iii Opposites. If you were absent, please download this six-page document and choose one two-page section to complete for homework.

HW: Finish worksheet on opposites we started in class. Read Act III, scene 1. All due tomorrow.

Act III, scene i: HOORAY! The 1968 Zefferelli version that has been repeatedly removed from the internet reappears! Oh frabjuous day! Calloo! Callay!

Or watch the crazy version. Beware of excess blood, violence, and guns. Part 1 start at 8:07:

and then watch Part 2 until 7:20.

OR you can watch the 1954 version. Start at 2:57:

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Day 141: The Balcony Scene April 12, 2011

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1. Love or Lust? As they walked in, students received a slip of paper with a quote from one of the first two scenes of Act II. Then, students wrote on their slip of paper who says the quote, to whom, a paraphrase, and whether the quote shows love or lust. Of course, we had to have a brief discussion about the differences between love and lust. Then, we divided up into groups to visually show how much lust and love each character (Romeo or Juliet) shows. We came to the conclusion that Juliet rarely shows lust and Romeo feels much lust, even though he also has a good deal of love to balance out the lustiness.

2. Dear Amy. We read a letter to the LA Times’ Amy about whether or not 14 is too young to be in love. Students wrote their own response to the writer in a letter/advice column format. This was collected for a small grade.

3. Oral Quiz. About 10 students answered oral questions as a review of the reading.

4. Balcony scene charades. In our final few minutes, we played charades with key lines from the balcony scene to emphasize Shakespeare’s use of similes and metaphors the loves use to describe each other and their love for one another.

HW: Read through the end of Act II for tomorrow. Be prepared for an oral quiz. You may use your Reading Guide on the Oral Quiz.

Here’s one version of R&J:

And here’s the crazy 1996 version that I am not too fond of (start at 6:15 for Act II scene iii):