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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:

Flashback Comparisons

Foreshadowing Personal story/opinion

Loaded words Examples

Figurative Language Statistics

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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