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Brainteaser Trivia:

  • Construction of a stronger and more massive bell tower for the monastery to replace the one destroyed during the last civil strife with a neighboring lord was well underway when the old Monk visited the site. The Abbot showed the Monk the drawings and model for the three-bell tower. The Monk was impressed until he stood where the bell chamber would be and saw the spiral staircase in this medieval bell tower running the wrong direction (counterclockwise). "The staircase direction must be changed," said the Old Monk. The Abbot looked at the staircase and agreed. Why?


What’s up with that Shakespeare Dude?

How to read Shakespeare

Act 1 Scene 1 – The Bad Boys of Verona

Spiral staircases in medieval castles, towers and Keeps were run clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would not be able to use their right hand, which was holding the sword because of the difficulties of climbing the stairs, giving clear advantage to the defenders. Many of the orders of clergy had military training in order to defend monasteries and Abbeys during the middle ages. Left-handed knights would have had no troubles, except left-handed people could never become knights because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil.

how to read shakespeare part 1
How to read Shakespeare Part 1

He writes out of order….

If Shakespeare was telling us about lunch He might say: I the sandwich ate.Ate the sandwich I.Ate I the sandwich.The sandwich I ate.The sandwich ate I.

We say:

I ate the sandwich.

part 2 omissions
Part 2: Omissions

Shakespeare often left out letters, syllables, and whole words.  These omissions really aren't that much different from the way we speak today. 

We say:

"Been to class yet?""No.  Heard Ulen'sgivin' a test.""Wha'supwi'that?“

Instead of:

"Have you been to class yet?""No, I have not been to class.  I heard that Mrs. Ulen is giving a test today.""What is up with that?"

A few examples of Shakespearean omissions/contractions follow:

'tis ~ it isope ~ openo'er ~ overgi' ~ givene'er ~ never i' ~ ine'er ~ everoft ~ oftena' ~ hee'en ~ even

part 3 weird words
Part 3: Weird Words

Your texts books do a good job of defining these, but if you are lost check the glossary on my webpage under Shakespeare.

part 4 stage directions
Part 4: Stage Directions

This tells the actor where to move around the stage… Shakespeare does not like to give a lot of detail here. He wanted the actors to figure it out themselves.


Enter Romeo stage left – it means he comes from the left side of the stage or screen.

on the play
On the Play!!!

Open your books to page

hello hello

Hello, Hello

Clear your Desks of EVERYTHING!!



Reading Quiz

Character Sketch

What is love?

What does it all look like?


We have 5 new Characters to look at:



Lord Capulet

Lady Capulet



In groups you are going to be given 1 character to examine and create a character sketch.

It should show:

  • 3 physical traits
  • 3 emotional traits
  • 2 important relationships

You are going to have to explain these to the class!

movie time
Movie Time

As we watch these sections think about how the actors play each character.

Is this what you were imagining when you were reading?

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Essay Time

Pick any relationship between 2 characters and write an essay telling me how is expresses one type of love.

At least 10 sentences.

  • Read Act 2 by Thurs
it s thursday

It’s Thursday!!!

Clear your desks its time fore a quiz!!!



Reading Guide

Movie/ Essay

quiz time
Quiz Time
  • Where do Romeo and Juliet meet after the party?
  • Who wants to get married?
  • Why does Friar Laurence agree to marry Romeo and Juliet?
  • What are Mercutio’s thoughts on love?
  • Who comes to ask Romeo about getting married?
  • When Friar Laurence warns Romeo that, “these violent delights have violent ends,” what type of plot device is Shakespeare using?

7. What has Tybalt done since leaving the party in Act 1?

  • In Act 1, why does Juliet leave the party?
  • What comparison does Romeo make to Juliet’s beauty?
  • What comparison does Juliet make to Romeo’s beauty?
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Movie Time

Original text


How did the director stage the scene?

Was this what you pictured in your head?

Evaluate Mercutio and Tybalt – are they more alike or different and why?

  • How do Romeo and Juliet communicate?
  • How does Shakespeare show their relationship?
  • Evaluate Mercutio and Tybalt – are they more alike or different and why?
  • Compare and Contrast the attitudes and characteristics of Mercutio and Tybalt. Are they more alike or different? How do you think their personalities will mix?