Quarter 4: Theatre 2/3: Digital Lessons for April 6-15 (Periods 1 & 5)

TeacherDarlene Stewart
Subject AreaM/J Theatre 2/3
Grade Level7th and 8th grade
Week #Quarter 4: Digital lessons: April 6-15
Unit of InstructionShakespeare--getting more comfortable!
Standard(s) Taught

Big Idea: (TH.68.H) HISTORICAL AND GLOBAL CONNECTIONS; Enduring Understanding 1 (TH.68.H.1) Through studying the arts, we learn and honor others and the world in which they live(d). (TH.68.H.1.3) Identify significant contributions of playwrights, actors and designers and describe their dramatic heritage. AND (TH.68.H.1.5) Describe ones own personal responses to a theatrical work and show respect for the responses of others. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will become more comfortable with Shakespeare’s language by immersing themselves in several projects. 

Students will translate Shakespearean text to their own modern way of speaking. 

Students will create an artistic performance or craft based on a Shakespearean Sonnet. 

Classroom Activities

Lesson 1: Reflection on Shakespeare Video/Scene

Student will watch the videos posted below. There are three videos with most of the entire balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. One video is only of Romeo’s monologue. Watch the videos. Write a reflection on the videos comparing and contrasting acting styles and directing choices. Use the questions as guides. Reflection should be one page in length. Due Wednesday, April 15

Questions for Video Reflection:

  • What are some of the similarities between the scenes? What are some of the differences?
  • Do the Costume, Setting and props change the way your perceive the scene? If so, Why do you feel that way? If not, Why do you feel that way?
  • Which actors/actresses did you enjoy the most? Why do you think that?
  • What is the director is trying to get across to the audience by the blocking choices given?
  • If you were to pick one of the scenes as the best, which would it be? Why do you say that?

If you do not have access to internet and cannot watch the videos, read the balcony scene provided below. Answer the questions provided to reflect on the scene. Reflection should be one page in length. Due Wed., April 15

Questions if you are unable to watch the videos:

  • What are some details from the scene that prove Romeo and Juliet are in love? Be specific
  • What type of person is Romeo? What are some facts from the scene about his character?
  • What type of person is Juliet? What are some facts from the scene about her character?
  • If you were to direct this scene, how would you show the distance between the two characters? How would you show the balcony?
  • Many current day versions of Romeo and Juliet are costumed in modern day dress? How would you choose to costume the scene? Why?

Lesson 2: Shakespearean Sonnets 

Choose a Shakespearean Sonnet. Either one listed below or one of your own choosing. Create a visual representation of the sonnet by drawing, collage, sculpture with found objects, photography, or what your imagination leads you to. This is not something to spend money on buying supplies, but rather using your creativity to illustrate the Sonnet from items you have at home. OR if you would prefer to perform….Perform your sonnet and video it. Remember to use blocking, expression in your voice and facial expressions to bring the sonnet to life. Send a picture of your illustration to Mrs. Stewart OR a video of yourself performing your sonnet. Due Wed., April 15

Shakespeare’s Complete Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

Shakespeare’s Complete Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Shakespeare’s Complete Sonnet 130

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red, than her lips red:
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound:
I grant I never saw a goddess go,
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet by heaven, I think my love as rare,
As any she belied with false compare.

Lesson 3: Translate Shakespeare to your own words

Using Either the Romeo or the Juliet monologues below, Translate Shakespeare’s words into your own modern language. Make sure to keep the same length and not miss any lines that the character speaks. Use the video scenes we have watched to assist you if needed. Due Wed., April 15 

JULIET appears above at a window

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!
She speaks yet she says nothing: what of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold, ’tis not to me she speaks:
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!


O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;                                                                                                      Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

Assignments Due
  1. Reflection on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Video (See details above)
  2.  Shakespeare Sonnets Art Project or Performance (See details above)
  3. Translate the monologue from Shakespeare to your own words (see details above)

Students can email reflections, translations and pictures of art work or video of performance to stewartd@ivyhawnschool.org OR djstewar@volusia.k12.fl.us 

Due dates are suggestions. Not firm. Do the best you can and as always I will accept late submissions. Stay well and have fun with Shakespeare!

Additional Resources

Romeo: (monologue at balcony)


Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene: (Short version–no kissing)


Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene: (WARNING–kissing included!)


Extra Version of balcony scene: (Some Kissing involved):


JULIET  Ay me!

ROMEO  She speaks:
O, speak again, bright angel! for thou art
As glorious to this night, being o’er my head
As is a winged messenger of heaven
Unto the white-upturned wondering eyes
Of mortals that fall back to gaze on him
When he bestrides the lazy-pacing clouds
And sails upon the bosom of the air.

JULIETO Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

ROMEO [Aside] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?

JULIET  ‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

ROMEO  I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.

JULIET  What man art thou that thus bescreen’d in night
So stumblest on my counsel?

ROMEO  By a name
I know not how to tell thee who I am:
My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself,
Because it is an enemy to thee;
Had I it written, I would tear the word.

JULIET  My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words
Of that tongue’s utterance, yet I know the sound:
Art thou not Romeo and a Montague?

ROMEO  Neither, fair saint, if either thee dislike.

JULIET  How camest thou hither, tell me, and wherefore?
The orchard walls are high and hard to climb,
And the place death, considering who thou art,
If any of my kinsmen find thee here.

ROMEO  With love’s light wings did I o’er-perch these walls;
For stony limits cannot hold love out,
And what love can do that dares love attempt;
Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me.

JULIET  If they do see thee, they will murder thee.

ROMEO  Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
Than twenty of their swords: look thou but sweet,
And I am proof against their enmity.

JULIET  I would not for the world they saw thee here.

ROMEO  I have night’s cloak to hide me from their sight;
And but thou love me, let them find me here:
My life were better ended by their hate,
Than death prorogued, wanting of thy love.

JULIET  By whose direction found’st thou out this place?

ROMEO  By love, who first did prompt me to inquire;
He lent me counsel and I lent him eyes.
I am no pilot; yet, wert thou as far
As that vast shore wash’d with the farthest sea,
I would adventure for such merchandise.

JULIET  Thou know’st the mask of night is on my face,
Else would a maiden blush bepaint my cheek
For that which thou hast heard me speak to-night
Fain would I dwell on form, fain, fain deny
What I have spoke: but farewell compliment!
Dost thou love me? I know thou wilt say ‘Ay,’
And I will take thy word: yet if thou swear’st,
Thou mayst prove false; at lovers’ perjuries
Then say, Jove laughs. O gentle Romeo,
If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully:
Or if thou think’st I am too quickly won,
I’ll frown and be perverse an say thee nay,
So thou wilt woo; but else, not for the world.
In truth, fair Montague, I am too fond,
And therefore thou mayst think my ‘havior light:
But trust me, gentleman, I’ll prove more true
Than those that have more cunning to be strange.
I should have been more strange, I must confess,
But that thou overheard’st, ere I was ware,
My true love’s passion: therefore pardon me,
And not impute this yielding to light love,
Which the dark night hath so discovered.

ROMEO  Lady, by yonder blessed moon I swear
That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops–

JULIET O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.

ROMEO What shall I swear by?

JULIET  Do not swear at all;
Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
Which is the god of my idolatry,
And I’ll believe thee.

ROMEO  If my heart’s dear love–

JULIET  Well, do not swear: although I joy in thee,
I have no joy of this contract to-night:
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden;
Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say ‘It lightens.’ Sweet, good night!
This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.
Good night, good night! as sweet repose and rest
Come to thy heart as that within my breast!

ROMEO  O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?

JULIET  What satisfaction canst thou have to-night?

ROMEO  The exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine.

JULIET  I gave thee mine before thou didst request it:
And yet I would it were to give again.

ROMEO  Wouldst thou withdraw it? for what purpose, love?

JULIET  But to be frank, and give it thee again.
And yet I wish but for the thing I have:
My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
Nurse calls within

I hear some noise within; dear love, adieu!
Anon, good nurse! Sweet Montague, be true.
Stay but a little, I will come again.
Exit, above
ROMEO  O blessed, blessed night! I am afeard.
Being in night, all this is but a dream,
Too flattering-sweet to be substantial.
Re-enter JULIET, above
JULIET  Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.
If that thy bent of love be honourable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow,
By one that I’ll procure to come to thee,
Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite;
And all my fortunes at thy foot I’ll lay
And follow thee my lord throughout the world.

Nurse[Within] Madam!

JULIET  I come, anon.–But if thou mean’st not well,
I do beseech thee–

Nurse[Within] Madam!

JULIET  By and by, I come:–
To cease thy suit, and leave me to my grief:
To-morrow will I send.

ROMEO  So thrive my soul–

JULIET  A thousand times good night!
Exit, above
ROMEO  A thousand times the worse, to want thy light.
Love goes toward love, as schoolboys from
their books,
But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.

Re-enter JULIET, above
JULIET  Hist! Romeo, hist! O, for a falconer’s voice,
To lure this tassel-gentle back again!
Bondage is hoarse, and may not speak aloud;
Else would I tear the cave where Echo lies,
And make her airy tongue more hoarse than mine,
With repetition of my Romeo’s name.

ROMEO  It is my soul that calls upon my name:
How silver-sweet sound lovers’ tongues by night,
Like softest music to attending ears!

JULIET  Romeo!

ROMEO  My dear?

JULIET  At what o’clock to-morrow
Shall I send to thee?

ROMEO  At the hour of nine.

JULIET  I will not fail: ’tis twenty years till then.
I have forgot why I did call thee back.

ROMEO  Let me stand here till thou remember it.

JULIET  I shall forget, to have thee still stand there,
Remembering how I love thy company.

ROMEO  And I’ll still stay, to have thee still forget,
Forgetting any other home but this.

JULIET  ‘Tis almost morning; I would have thee gone:
And yet no further than a wanton’s bird;
Who lets it hop a little from her hand,
Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves,
And with a silk thread plucks it back again,
So loving-jealous of his liberty.

ROMEO  I would I were thy bird.

JULIET  Sweet, so would I:
Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing.
Good night, good night! parting is such
sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
Exit above
ROMEO  Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast!
Would I were sleep and peace, so sweet to rest!
Hence will I to my ghostly father’s cell,
His help to crave, and my dear hap to tell.