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This week we will begin by looking at the language of Shakespeare! Have a look at the example below...

Capulet:  My sword, I say! Old Montague is come and flourishes his blade in spite of me!


Montague: Thou villain Capulet! – Hold me not, let me go!


What is happening in this scene? 

What do you think the Capulet and Montague are saying to each other?

Can you translate into Modern English?


We will start the week by exploring some of Shakespeare's language. Start by looking at the quotes in the starter; are they the language of Shakespeare or music lyrics? After, complete TASK 1 - translate between modern English and Shakespeare language using the glossary. The final task (TASK 2), is just for fun but every class loves Shakespeare's insults. Create some insults to hurl at your brothers and sisters.  


Now it is time to look at one of Shakespeare's most famous plays: ROMEO AND JULIET. Today, you will be looking at the 'prologue' which is the introductory part of the play; it gives the audience a summary of what the play is about so they can decide if they want to watch it or not.


The video clip is how the prologue is introduced in the film. Once you have watched it, have a look at TASK 1. You will need to use your deduction, dictionary and inferencing skills to work out the meaning of each line in the prologue. Then have a go at drawing the main events for TASK 2.

WATCH TUESDAY - Romeo + Juliet (1996) prologue


Now it is time to familiarise yourself with the story of Romeo and Juliet.

If you have or can access the 1996 Romeo and Juliet film with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes then watch and answer the questions (1996 Film Questions document). If not, watch the summary below and create a cartoon strip of the key events using the template provided.

WATCH WEDNESDAY - Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet summary


It is time to summarise the story of Romeo and Juliet. It should be no more than ten lines and must include all the key events. Imagine you are writing it for someone who has never seen the film and knows nothing about the story. After you are finished, mark using the success criteria below and ask an adult to mark afterwards if possible. 



We will be focusing on a particular scene from Romeo and Juliet today. It is undoubtedly one of the most violent yet emotional scenes in the story (although there are quite a few). Watch the film clip to see what happens in the scene and start thinking about the characters involved - we will be writing from their perspective next week. You will need to decide if you want to step into the shoes of Romeo, Tybalt or Mercutio. After watching the clip (a few times), decide how your character might be feeling, what he is thinking and saying - jot your notes down on the planning sheet provided. We will use this next week for your writing task so keep it safe. 

WATCH FRIDAY - Mercutio death scene PART 1

WATCH FRIDAY - Mercutio and Tybalt's death PART 2