This term, our topic is Romeo and Juliet. First, I'd like you to brainstorm what you already know about one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays.
This week, we are going to focus just on the prologue. Think back to Anglo-Saxon Boy - our last class text which also contained a prologue. What is a prologue? What is its purpose?
As well as being incredibly famous, Romeo and Juliet's prologue is a little unusual for a play as it is a summary of the whole plot. This means that people going to watch the play for the very first time would have had a rough idea what was going to happen throughout the play before it had even started! That's like going to see a new movie released at the cinema and somebody tells you exactly what is going to happen first!
Activity 1 - Read (or listen to) the prologue as it was written by William Shakespeare.
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
Whose misadventur’d piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love,
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
Which, but their children’s end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
Some of the language is a little tricky, I'm sure you'd agree. Try out the activity below which requires you to match up the traditional, Shakespearian phrases with modern translations. Then, answer some questions about the prologue in the final activity.
Check out the interpretation of the prologue in Baz Lurhmann's 1996 film adaptation.
- Does anything surprise you about this clip?
- How might this be different to how Shakespeare originally intended it?
I would like you to complete challenge number 4 from our 30 Day Kindness Challenge on our class page. Children throughout the UK have been writing letters to people in isolation - whether in the community or in care homes.
This week, I would to think about those vulnerable people who remain very isolated and who we should do our utmost to support. You could write a letter to someone you know: a neighbour or a distant grandparent, or you could send a letter of kindness and support to someone in a care home. I am sure these will be much appreciated!
Here are some suggestions about what you could include:
- a little information about yourself and family (remember to only include your first name)
- how you have been spending time during lockdown
- any new learning that you have enjoyed
- ask your reader some rhetorical questions
- your thoughts and feelings about this strange time
- kind messages
Remember to edit and proof read for spelling and punctuation errors. If you would like me to send your letter to a care home, please post it through the letterbox at school FAO: Miss Constantine.
If you choose to send it yourself, please take a photo of your letter and email it to me so that I can add it to the gallery.
Miss Constantine's group
Another week, another prefix! This week, the prefix is anti-. It is really important once again that you know what the prefix means, as well as the meaning of each word. You cannot use a word in your writing if you don't really know what it means!
Challenge PIN: 08082057
Challenge expires Sunday 7th June.
Mrs Nock and Mrs Castle's groups