Grade 8 Humanities: Week of 10/16/2017 WWR&JD?
What would Romeo and Juliet do? Lady Capulet? Paris? The Nurse? A great way to think about who characters are and what they are doing is by creating masks for them! Students used re-purposed materials like old Halloween costumes, clothing, jewelry, cardboard and paint to craft imaginative masks based on both textual analysis and inference. We noticed that while a mask can shield us, it can also reveal us! As we made design choices based on characters’ words and actions, their true selves seemed inescapable! As we forge ahead in the coming weeks, we will also be examining how stage directions, settings, and character interactions alter text. Lastly, our Mask Gallery will be curated and displayed in the hallway outside of Room 437 by week’s end, so come by to see it and crush a cup of wine!
Nay, sit, nay, sit, good cousin Capulet,
For you and I are past our dancing days.
How long is ‘t now since last yourself and I
Were in a mask?
By ‘r lady, thirty years.
What, man, ’tis not so much, ’tis not so much.
— from Romeo and Juliet, Act I, v
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