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ILP Big 6+ ELA Projects: 9th Grade GLE (Romeo & Juliet)

Lesson Overview

The goal of this inquiry project is for students to examine a time period in American history.  Students will re-write a scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into modern language and use research skills to find appropriate language, costuming, and scenery from the time period selected.

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This is a collaborative lesson taught by both the classroom teacher and the school librarian. Get in contact with your school librarian early to discuss scheduling and teaching responsibilities.

This lesson plan is a guideline. If you need to make minor adjustments or changes to best suit the needs of your students or the resources in your building, please do so. If you have questions about the curricular requirements, please contact Shelley Erickson or Julie Schik.

At the completion of this lesson, you will need to send two student examples each of a level 2, 3, and 4 project to your curriculum specialist or department head who will in turn submit them to your supervisor.  This can be electronically or as a hard copy.

Task Definition (1)

Teacher— be sure to complete before visiting library/lab.  Assist students in selecting a time period to research from a list of provided options (1960’s Counterculture, 1950’s Suburbia, 1920’s Chicago, 1890’s Wild West, 1990’s Alternative/Grunge Era) and choose a scene to re-write (Act 1 Scene 1, Act 1 Scene 5, Act 2 Scene2, Act 3 Scene 1).  (Topic Selection Information Sheet included).

Teacher will introduce the requirements for the project.  (See Synthesis & Sharing)

Librarian—can introduce online resources if a pre-topic selection exploration activity is desired.

Formative Assessment: Verify all information is recorded on student handouts (can be a visual check or graded assessment)

Info Seeking/Location & Access (2/3)

With direct instruction from the school librarian (with support from the classroom teacher) on search strategies and recommended resources, students will locate required information about their time period:

  • Language and slang used during the selected time period (which will be noted in their scene re-write using footnotes)
  • Fashion/Costuming of the selected era
  • Hip hang-out spots of the time period to be used in recreating the scene

Possible Sources of information:

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library Books (American Decades, U.X.L. American Decades)
  • Books from School Library
  • Suggested websites
  • Some sources should be student selected

Your librarian will use your school's direct links to the following district databases when working with students.

Formative Assessment:  Consistent and frequent verbal and visual checks with student to assess if they are able to access quality resources.

Use of Information (4)

Teacher will guide students through transferring information into a notes organizer. (TBD by teacher and/or self-selected by students.  Sample notes page included).

With direct instruction and support from the school librarian, students will create citations for their sources.  Recommendation to use district subscription to Noodle Tools.  Teacher will provide instruction on internal citations.

Formative Assessment:  Visual checks for completion.  And/or, individual conferencing with students to determine if ready to move on to synthesis and sharing.

Synthesis & Sharing (5)

Teacher will review the requirements for the final project and assist students as necessary.

Students will present their information in a piece of formal script writing using footnotes and stage directions.  Their writing will include a cover page describing their choices for language/slang, setting, and costumes and how they fit the time period selected.  (Final Product Information Sheet Included)

Optional:  Verbal presentation in the form of a “pitch” selling their new-wave, Hollywood movie given to the entire class or in small groups.

Formative Assessment: Rough draft feedback.

Summative Assessment: Use provided rubric to grade final product.

Self-Evaluation (6)

Teacher will guide students as they complete the self-evaluation form containing teacher selected items from the form included below.

The self-evaluation can be as brief (one question) or as long as the teacher deems necessary.  This can be a graded or non-graded activity.         

Citation Resources

Noodle Tools

Noodletools provides a format for creating research papers.  It provides an area for notetaking, citation creation, and paper formation.

Guides for using Noodle Tools

This 20 minute video gives an overview on how to use NoodleTools.

This video shows how to create a new project.

This video shows how to check the format of your citation.

This video shows how to add a preformatted citation from a database or website.

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