Teaching with Movies

Films can beautifully supplement our Shakespeare unit. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to study Romeo and Juliet. It is important to understand that any performance is an interpretation of the original work. The adaptations should become part of your discussion. While this story is obviously tragic–a discussion could include “What would have happened if Juliet had been more assertive?”

Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 9.10.08 AMThis version of the film Romeo and Juliet was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and starred Leonard Whiting, and Olivia Hussey. (1968)

The activities for this unit can be adjusted to suit your age group. For example, here is a connect four game of quotes for a younger group. (See link for the full game).

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J.R. Addlespurger points out:

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There are many movies based on Shakespearean plots. Here is a list:



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I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E. Cummings and Mati McDonough

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