Theme of the class: Engaging students with Romeo and Juliet
Functional aims: Reading and writing about facts in the simple present / using personal pronouns.
Structural aims: Reading for gist, scanning and simple present.
Critical Pedagogical aims: Give the students a general view of marriage rules and impossible loves in the past and how it is nowadays.
Consider: Age: 10-12Level of skill: beginners
Size of the class: 30 students
You’ll read the biography of an important writer of the 17th century. Read the text and complete with the asked informations:
William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)
“To be or not to be, that’s the question.”
Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in1564. Very little is known about his life, but by 1592 he was in London working as an actor and a dramatist. Between about 1590 and 1613, Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays and collaborated on several more. Many of these plays were very successful both at court and in the public playhouses. In 1613, Shakespeare retired from the theatre and returned to Stratford-upon-Avon. He died and was buriedthere in 1616.
Place of birth: __________________________________________________
Year of birth: ___________________________________________________
Number of plays he wrote: ___________________________________
Year of death: __________________________________________________
1. Look at the scene below. It is the poster of an old movie called “West SideStory” (Amor, sublime Amor)”, and it was produced in 1960.
a. What genre do you think that fits with the picture?
( ) Action ( ) Romance ( ) Crime
( ) Comedy ( ) Musical ( ) Horror
2. Now read the synopses of the movie and answer the following questions and exercises.
West side Storyportrays, in a musical, a fierce fight between gangs of New York. The americans’, known as the Jetys, are the owners of the place for a long time, and feel the necessity to protect ‘their’ territory, when a Puerto-Rican gang, the Sharks, try to take it. In the middle of this war, Tony, an ex-Jet, and Maria, sister of the Sharks’ leader fall in love, and live an impossible love. [source:cineplayers.com]
a. Looking at the picture and reading the synopses, could you say what is the movie about? Discuss with the class.
b. Now watch the selected scene of the movie “West side Story”, and confirm your answer.
c. Do you know any story (book or movie) related to this one? Which one?
3. Do you like weddings and love stories? Read the short text and do theexercises.
In the past, it was common for people some rules and different costumes when the question was marriage. There were arranged weddings – the most of the time arranged by the parents -, weddings to cover some personal interest or tradition, and many other costumes that were strongly followed. In the major of the time, ladies just could marry with the parents’ permission. Nowadays,this tradition is not seen anymore.
a. What do you think about these pictures? Classify it in arranged marriages and free marriages.
b. How are the marriages nowadays? Is there some rule of engagement, or the people are free to choose the partners? Discuss it in pairs.
c.At home, ask you parents or grandparents how was their marriages, if they followed some tradition or costume, how was the marriage prepared and next class, report it to the classmates and teacher.
4. Match the words from the table with their definitions below. One example is given.
Secret Love Marriage Death Desperate Enemy Family
a. When two...
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