R&J Final Thoughts 🤔

Good God! If this isn’t a magnificent example of what students can do when given time and a bit of direction and practice. This blog post kills it in terms of assessing & analyzing Romeo and Juliet from several different perspectives.

The Adventures of a Teenage Daydreamer

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My Opinions

Overall, I enjoyed the play more than I thought I would. I mean most of the time I was laughing at all the dramatic irony and just irony in general that Shakespeare used. For example:

  1. falling in love with your mortal enemy
  2. Friar Lawrence’s failed letter saying that Juliet didn’t actually die…yeah that might’ve saved some lives (OK… I know… Friar John couldn’t send the letter to Romeo because of some funky disease going around in Mantua.)

3. The timing of Romeo and Juliet’s deaths (waking up after faking your death only to find the person you “died for” is dead

4. The date of the wedding being moved one day completely messing up the sleeping potion’s timing

5.  Paris getting caught in the middle of the whole marriage mess etc. Paris: But I’M supposed to marry Juliet. Romeo: Yeah but we were married first.

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Ah.. all the…

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Romeo and Juliet Act 2 & 3

So Romeo and Juliet get married and the world goes to hell. Makes you think twice…maybe? Or maybe not think at all. Here’s a blog post with voice and attitude from one of my 9th-grade students who certainly has opinions about the play.

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Check out my lastfewposts on Romeo and Juliet before you read this one

We are finally finished with Romeo and Juliet up until Act Three. Or, as I’m calling it, The Act Where Everything Goes Wrong. In Act 2 and 3, R & J finally begin to realize that love is not a save-all, heal-all force, and maybe, just maybe, love can actually pull others apart. But, our favorite star-crossed lovers clearly don’t see this, because they’re too infatuated with each other’s beauty that they don’t realize actions have consequences.

RIP: Mercutio and Tybalt

tibbsTo be honest, I was a bit upset that Mercutio and Tybalt died. Romeo and Juliet were starting to annoy me with all this “love at first sight” crap, but the side characters (not you, Paris…), especially Mercutio, were a breath of fresh air. However, I think this is exactly why Shakespeare decided to…

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“Have you READ their writing?” Resisting the Obsession with Mechanical Correctness

Fellow English teachers and teachers in general. Stop complaining and start empathizing. It begins with you.

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Listening to teachers complain about student writing is exhausting. They can’t write; they don’t know where to use commas; they don’t capitalize every i; their spelling is atrocious. When this sort of narrative pops up in mainstream discourse, it’s often to complain about education’s failure to prepare kids for the workforce and to provide a platform for ‘back in my day, teachers made us diagram sentences/memorize parts of speech/etc.’ bloviating.

When these sentiments appear inside a school, they take on a slightly different tenor. Behind every complaint about a kid’s writing seems to be an underlying message about the failure of that child’s previous language arts teacher(s). It’s as if the teacher is throwing their hands up and proclaiming ‘Look at the mess I inherited! What am I supposed to do? How can I teach my content when these kids don’t even understand the basics!’

There’s a lot to unpack here. First, this nagging…

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The Modern Learner: Dancing to Learn

I link below to the blog and youtube channel of a student who has taken a passion project/20Time project to levels far beyond my expectations.  If you're an educator of any sort, you should take a look at her work.  While she is certainly an exceptional student,  she could easily be languishing in classrooms that sap her … Continue reading The Modern Learner: Dancing to Learn