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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday's Class - Shakespeare's Characterization

Get Your Composition Notebook,
and Romeo and Juliet!

Entry Title:  Lammas Day
August 1 is Lammas Day (loaf-mass), the festival of the wheat harvest. On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop, which began to be harvested at Lammastide.

Casting for Today's Dramatic Reading
Act I, Scene 3, Pages 33-41
Lady Capulet

  1. Do Now - Lammastide
  2. Quiz a partner on the vocabulary words for Act I using your flashcards.
  3. Announcements:  1) Student On Time Initiative  2) Quiz on Act I on Friday!
  4. Today's Question: What might be some reasons Shakespeare characterizes Juliet as ambivalent (uninterested) in marriage? (Hint: compare this with Romeo's attitude about love.)
  5. HW Check - TREES essay on parenting styles.
  6. Mini-Lesson: 1) How would you feel about a pre-arranged marriage?  2) Dramatic reading for a grade! 
  7. Try It:  In your composition book write down any examples you notice about Juliet's feelings about relationships or marriage.
  8. Get It:  THINK-PAIR-SHARE on lines 103-104 (p. 41).
  9. HW:  1) Bring your vocabulary flashcards to class tomorrow. 2) TREES Essay: Juliet's Attitude

Example Paragraph

     Shakespeare characterizes Juliet as ambivalent about marriage and relationships in general. This is because Shakespeare is creating dramatic irony.  For example, Romeo is a hopeless romantic, and we know Juliet is not.  When Juliet's mother asks her how she's feels about meeting Paris, she says, "I'll look to like if looking liking move." She is clearly not excited to meet anyone, but will do so becuase her mother wills it so. Since we know how she feels about love and we know how Romeo feels about love, this use of dramatic irony makes the reader anticipate their first meeting even more!  

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