After going over context on both the text and Shakespeare, students begin a careful consideration of all the major characters in the play. Following this, students engage with tasks like extract analysis and discussions on the key themes.
Students will study the classic English play, William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet.' The programme will begin with lessons introducing them to Shakespeare's works and his language. Students will then be taken through the plot of the play, learning the significance of key characters and themes that appear throughout. The play's rich context will be explored, with a discussion of issues such as society, power and fate. Students will read and analyse the text through extracts, conduct extract analysis of key scenes, explore thematic and character significance across the text, learn historical and social contexts and the play's overarching messages. They will explore the ethics and moral issues Shakespeare poses, such as destiny, conflict and loyalty. Students will learn oracy, analytical reading, analytical writing, close language analysis, amongst other fundamental literacy skills. They will also learn the dramatic value of the text, exploring the role of dramatic irony, setting, stage directions and how these contribute to the play's success. There will be an assessment to conclude the course, which asks students to analyse a key area of the play in the style of a typical exam question: 'Discuss the significance of X in the text.' There will be opportunities for assessment feedback and improvement following the submission of the essay. By the end of the course, students will be able to read, understand and analyse Shakespearean English, having studied 'Romeo and Juliet' in its entirety.
10 HOURS Total Length
Introduction to Shakespeare and the Prologue
Mercutio and Tybalt
Close Language Analysis
Structuring an Argument
Jazmin has a degree in English literature, a PGCE and a master's in educational leadership. She is a full-time Educator with an extraordinary passion for English and education.