April 21 and 22: Romeo and Juliet Source Stories

Today students learned that Romeo and Juliet is actually a much older story than you’d think. It originated with Ovid’s Metamorphoses in around 8 A.D. and continued to change in form until Shakespeare wrote his version in around 1591. We even have new versions today (Romiette and Julio, for example).

1. Reflection on Stories through the Ages (download if absent). What kinds of teenage love stories do we have today? How do they usually end?

2. Share. We discussed similarities between typical teenage love stories and wrote up those similarities on the board.

3. Skits. Each group read a different source text for Romeo and Juliet and then presented a skit version of that story to the class. Read the stories here: Source Stories. Read about the stories here if you were absent: Romeo and Juliet: Something Borrowed, Something New

HW: Get a copy of Romeo and Juliet or find a good online version on your phone if you don’t want to lug around your textbook. Then, you’ll need to bring your phone/iPad/iPod/nook/Kindle/book with you to class every day starting Friday/Monday. 

I recommend the Yale Shakespeare, the Barnes and Noble Shakespeare, or the Arden Shakespeare. For websites, Shakespeare Navigators is the best. In terms of apps, ROMEO+JULIET: THE SHAKESPEARE APP is amazing.