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Romeo & J uliet in B osnia. Reading Comprehension . Write each word and predict its meaning:. d esensitized m undane s anguine p rimal dilemma. Background Information:. Southeast Europe 1990s Yugoslavia begins to disintegrate, causing civil wars Brutal violence among ethnic groups

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Romeo j uliet in b osnia

Romeo & Juliet in Bosnia

Reading Comprehension


Write each word and predict its meaning

Write each word and predict its meaning:

  • desensitized

  • mundane

  • sanguine

  • primal

  • dilemma


Background information

Background Information:

  • Southeast Europe

  • 1990s Yugoslavia begins to disintegrate, causing civil wars

  • Brutal violence among ethnic groups

  • Serbian forces conducted “ethnic cleansing” among non-Serb groups (Catholic Croatians / Bosniak Muslims)

  • Siege of Sarajevo (mainly 1992-1993)

    • blockade

    • snipers

  • 90% of war crimes committed by Serbs

  • The couple in Herbert’s article became a worldwide symbol of the suffering in this city


Questions to ask while you read

Questions to ask while you read:

  • Why did the author write this article?

  • What seems to be the theme?

  • What techniques does the author use to develop this theme?

  • In what ways is Herbert’s article similar to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet?


Independent reading

Independent Reading:

  • Read the article

  • Use context clues to check vocabulary predictions

  • Revise predictions

  • Highlight a single sentence in the article that best captures the author’s thesis statement

    Find text support for your choice


Small groups

Small Groups:

  • Share vocabulary predictions

    Revise again as needed

    Stop for whole-class check

  • Share highlighted thesis statements

    Share text support for your choice

  • Come to a consensus on one thesis statement


Look at author s techniques

Look at author’s techniques:

  • Number paragraphs 1-14

  • Describe what the author does in each paragraph

    EXAMPLES:

    FlashbackComparisons

    ForeshadowingPersonal story/opinion

    Loaded wordsExamples

    Figurative LanguageStatistics

    Shift in attitude/perspective

    Shift from general to specific

    Shift from specific to general


Look at author s techniques1

Look at author’s techniques:

EXAMPLES:

  • Paragraph 1 – Describes an ordinary couple in love EXCEPT they die. “hellish” is a loaded word that suggests this is more than just any old bridge.

  • Paragraph 6 – Personal feelings of grandmother.

  • Paragraph 11 - The snipers overlooking the bridge create suspense.


Individual short answer response

Individual Short Answer Response

  • Explain how Herbert’s article is similar to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Use textual evidence to support your answer.


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