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Act 2, Scene 2 Lesson Plan

Romeo and Juliet: Balcony Scene
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Carly Snider

on 17 November 2013

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Transcript of Act 2, Scene 2 Lesson Plan

The Balcony Scene
Rethinking and Recreating the Balcony Scene
Things to Consider...
Use 5-15 lines to support your interpretation.
Between these lines, add your own language to make the scene your own.
Take lines from the text, but don't be afraid to play with the language and make it your own.
Remember, this is your own vision of the scene, so it doesn't have to be about romantic love unless you want it to be.
Consider the play's intention: what would you change to create something new?
Consider character power and stage positions.
Day One -Journal Entry
The balcony scene is an iconic characterization of love within the play, and it is typically represented in this traditional way. I would like you to reinvent this scene; it doesn't have to be about romantic love if you so choose. What would you change to create or reinvent this representation? How might your interpretation change the message of the scene and the play as a whole? How would it change the way the reader/audience perceives love? Supplementary drawing is optional.
(Please provide a caption if you decide to draw your vision.)
Discussion!
What did you notice about the performances? What were some similarities and differences?
How were characters portrayed, and did this reveal anything about character power and agency?
Did you purposefully assign power and agency to characters? If so, how was that portrayed in the scene?
Do you think the characters that didn't have speaking roles were just as important to setting the scene as the characters that did have speaking roles?
Homework
Please read Act II, Scene 3 for next class period. Come prepared for fun activities and riveting discussion!
Now It's Your Turn to Perform!
Reimagine and recreate the balcony scene in small groups (4-5 members)!
Mix up the language. Use lines from the text and make up your own lines to assert your agency in your performance.
Short Example
My new vision: Juliet is tutoring her classmate Romeo in algebra when he confesses to her. She is standing while he is sitting, illustrating that Juliet is in power here.
Juliet (pointing to his homework): Does this make sense now?
Romeo (aside, to audience): She speaks, yet she says nothing (2.2.12). Math is not on my mind. I can only think of my feelings for her!
Juliet (louder, growing impatient): Where art thou Romeo? (2.2.36) Pay attention to me!
Romeo (aside, to audience): Oh! I cannot bear it any longer. (To Juliet) Oh, you are my lady! O, it is my love! (2.2.10).
Juliet (shocked): A lover's confession? We're here because you suck at math. Do not swear at all! (2.2.118)
Romeo (frustrated with self): I have lost her. I am too bold. (2.2.14).
Day Two Journal Entry:
Which character holds power in the iconic (traditional) balcony scene? If your creative interpretation/vision differs, who holds power in your scene? Have you changed it? Why or why not?"
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