Freshmen: Act I of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

This week, the Freshmen in Room G17 will continue to build their comprehension skills as they read Act I, Scenes 2 and 3 of Romeo and Juliet. Through teacher modeling, independent comprehension checks, and small group paraphrases, students will look carefully at the language the characters use. In addition to comprehending the language, we’ll also analyze it. Specifically, we’ll consider how word choice (especially figurative language) contributes to tone and characterization. Near the near the end of the week, students will learn about film terminology and will view both Zeffirelli and Luhrmann versions of Act I, Scenes 4 and 5 of the play. As a class, we’ll consider how cinematic techniques impact mood and characterization.

Students will also continue their study of nonfiction this week with a challenging set of articles on fake news. Students scored an average of 79% on last week’s nonfiction quiz which asked them to identify SOAPSTone and CER of a nonfiction article. We’ll continue this work with increasingly challenging texts throughout the quarter. This week, students should read and annotate the first two articles in the packet, paying particular attention to claims, reasons, and evidence and defining vocabulary using context clues.