Continuing our topic of film analysis from last week, students will start the week off by reading Act II Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet. Then, we will study how film techniques can change the effect Shakespeare intended his play to have. Through a Collaborative Essay, students will begin exploring the concept of “adolescent love” to determine how directors (Zeffirelli and Luhrmann) have used film techniques to change the way we view Romeo and Juliet’s love. Last week, students were asked to list peer partners for this essay. Based on these lists, we have grouped students together and each pair will begin working on this essay throughout the week. On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will watch the Balcony Scene (Act II, Scene 2) in both editions of the film. On Thursday, each pair will have time to begin interpreting their film evidence and analyzing how this evidence portrays “adolescent love.” Students will be given more in-class time the following week to write the paper.

Parents, how can you help?

  • Last week, we brainstormed and shared our own interpretations of “adolescent/young love” so that students could compare their perspectives with the directors. This week, as students prepare to write an essay on the topic of adolescent love, try asking your child what he/she thinks about young love. Our Article of the Week discusses how adolescents are prone to “love addiction,” and how falling in love is similar to a cocaine addiction. By discussing the article with your child, or having a conversation about adolescent love, your child will learn new vocabulary and ideas that he/she can incorporate into his/her essay.

You can also review the film techniques with your child, so that he/she becomes more familiar with the terminology and the effects of these techniques. This will build our child’s analytical skills of film techniques.