Day 142: Binaries in R & J

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: