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Gnomeo and Juliet vs. Romeo and Juliet

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Andrea Stang

on 4 February 2015

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Transcript of Gnomeo and Juliet vs. Romeo and Juliet

Now that we've finished the movie, please think briefly on the following questions (which we will later revisit in more depth), then develop 3 thick questions and 2 thin questions of your own. Use the Questioning handout for guidance.
Last class we discussed and compared the play and the movie as a whole.
Today we'll focus on just The Balcony Scene:
Close your eyes while I read the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. Now open your eyes and we will watch the balcony scene from Gnomeo and Juliet.
What did you "see" and "hear" when I read the text?
What did you perceive when you listened and watched?
We have read the play and will now be watching the movie over the next few class periods.
While watching the movie, take notes on similarities and differences between the multiple interpretations of this story. You may choose to use a T chart or a Venn diagram to organize your observations.
Now after individually working, we will pair and share with partners, helping each other narrow down our questions to our two strongest.
Did the servants in R&J desire to fight or was it the noblemen? What about in G&J?
Who acts to keep the peace in each version? Whether by voice or by presence?
Does Romeo actively pursue a fight with Tybalt? Does Gnomeo? Does Mercucio blame the feuding families for his death? Does Benny for his injury?
Does superstition play into R&J? What about G&J?
What is the consequence of the families'' feud in R&J? What about in G&J?
How young is Juliet in the play? How old do you think Juliet is in the movie? What motive is behind showcasing her youth in one but perhaps not the other?
How is the revenge tragedy complicated in the movie? Is it still a tragedy or is that tradition lost?
What stereotypes are there in G&R that may not be present in R&J.
Gnomeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
Teaching Aid by Andrea Stang

Now we will bring our top two questions into a fishbowl. Remember, each individual member of the inner circle will respectfully participate in the discussion, while the outer circle members silently observe, take notes, and tag into the discussion when they are ready to share.
Works Cited:
-Read Write Think Organization
-Cheryl Collins, 9-12th grade ELA teacher
-Youtube: Touchstone Pictures and shakeoutloud

Individual Assignment
More Advice
Tic-Tac-Toe Choice
Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)
Now that we have read the play, watched Gnomeo and Juliet, developed questions individually, narrowed them in pairs, and discussed through fishbowl and whole class discussion, and focused in on a specific scene, you will complete an individual assignment. This assignment, which includes the questions we previously viewed, will help prepare you for your final project.
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