An eerie voice reads the poem out loud.
In Japan, the year is 2019 and in order to crack down on free expression, a new law is passed, which allows for the government to create an armed force to find and destroy objectionable printed material. Meanwhile, to oppose this oppressive crackdown, the Library Defence Force is created. The Library Defence Force, including instructor Atsushi Dojo and Iku Kasahara, work to protect the libraries. A fierce battle then ensues between these two groups.
“Part of learning is recognizing when you’ve succeeded.”
– Anne Davies
Davies, A. . Making Classroom Assessment Work. British Columbia: Connections Publishing, 2011. 73. print.
This Powtoon brings the watcher through a simplified version of the play. It presents the content in student-friendly language and uses popular music to back it up.
A quick Powtoon video set to the song “C’mon” by Ke$ha. This video gives a brief summary of Romeo and Juliet in a mix of Shakespearean English and modern day English.
‘But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve’
“Othello” – William Shakespeare
Misery and hate are a girl’s best friend when nuancing
Thoughts with dearest Iago. Emotions easily overtake
The senses and created a trying motif to look
Past. However, times can call for a change that may
Upset the world floating evangelically around
Your one sided longings. It is treacherous to leak out
The secrets you thought were secured to your sleeve,
But wanton pride must always be kept intact when
It is done. Weep your tears of uncertainty
And prepare to undo the feelings that were once
A birthplace for joy. The time for a sorrowfully sweet goodbye
Must be now and you cannot deny it any further. Brush
A shaky hand down your arm and sweep away
The remnants of that dream turned upside down.
– Carol Fisher
This is a wonderful text that should be used in your classroom today! It is told through the eyes of a nine year old boy, Bruno, and captures the innocence of children in a bad situation. There is a strong themes of Identity and Relationship throughout the book. It works great for a cross-curricular collaboration with subject areas like: Social Studies, Law, and Psychology.
In my second year of university, I tried my hand at making a final project for a play study on Romeo and Juliet. This was one of the results.