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Romeo and Juliet - West Side Story

Students will watch and analyze a modernized version of Romeo and Juliet (the fight scene) and then design their own modern version of a scene of their choosing.

Adam Griffin

on 20 September 2012

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Transcript of Romeo and Juliet - West Side Story

West Side Story is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The West Side Story is a musical set in Upper West Side Manhattan. It is about a rivalry between two teenage gangs of different backgrounds. Anton, a member of the white gang, fell in love with Maria, the sister of the leader of the rival Puerto Rican gang.

Watch this fight scene (the rumble) from West Side Story and look for ways in which the scene has been modernized from Shakespeare's version of the fight between Mercutio, Romeo, and Tybalt.
Choose a scene from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and rewrite it in a modern setting with modern language and other modern details.

Write a paragraph describing the setting, characters, and the other ways in which you've modernized the scene. How is your scene different than the original?
Write the dialogue in the appropriate format
Edit your writing for grammar, mechanics, and spelling
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