Are decisions based on
common good or personal
How do world conditions
affect our decisions?
Can decisions be reversed?
How can potential consequences guide decision making?
CE 1.4.1,1.4 .2, 1.4.3, 1.4.4, 1.4.5, 1.4.6, 1.4.7
Criteria for Media Presentation
Introduction that explains the recent research
Concrete examples from both real life and literature.
Your suggestions on saying “no”
Your advice to help teens make better choices.
Formative Assessments (throughout the unit):
Reflective Speech to incoming freshmen: what advice would you give for success/surviving the first year of high school?
Translating Shakespearean language to “modern” English
Quick Writes: compare/contrast the relationships of Romeo and Juliet with their parents to your own life.
Write a formal letter (as Romeo) to Lord Capulet asking for permission to marry Juliet and explain your reasons.
Speaking & Listening:
Listening to teacher read-alouds
Listening for meaning
Practice fluency with Reader’s Theater
Participate in whole class, small group and peer discussions (See Group Norms from Unit 9.1)
Shakespearian Insult Kit
Locate and share the lyrics for a (school appropriate) song that illustrates the concept of star-crossed lovers
Profundity Chart: Analyze Romeo’s change of heart (Rosaline to Juliet) in the beginning act of the play.
“The Telltale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/tell tale.html
“Achieving the American Dream” by Mario Cuomo
Opening Scene from Romeo and Juliet (Leonardo di Caprio version) Six Degrees of Separation (film) Westside Story score by Stephen Sondheim Parents Just Don’t Understand Musical Lyrics by Will Smith h t t p : / / w w w . t s r o c k s . c o m / w / w i l l _ s m i t h _ t e
Michigan Merit Curriculum – English/Language Arts Grade 9 http://www.michigan.gov/documents/EL A_9_167747_7.pdf
No Fear Shakespeare http://nfs.sparknotes.com/romeojuliet/
Help with Shakespeare’s Language http://www.webenglishteacher.com/shak esonnets.html
Shakespeare’s Insults http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/shake_r ule.html
Virtual Tour of the Globe Theatre http://www.shakespeares- globe.org/virtualtour/stage/
Learning Life’s Lessons through Literature: Grade 9-Inter-Relationships and Self