A six week unit designed to teach play structure and understanding, culminating in a scene adaptation to a different era with the addition of a musical number. Students will learn how to effectively identify Aristotle’s Six Elements of a Play as well as practice a variety of character analysis techniques. They will also understand how language is a reflection of an era and can be used to ‘set the scene’. While this unit has been designed around Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, it is our goal that it be used with any play from any time period.
Barker, Erika and Pena-Montalvo, Veronica, "Setting the Scene: Adapting Romeo and Juliet to the 21st Century" (2011). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. 151.