If I had to pick one assignment that was the most fun to grade all year, I’d probably pick the 2.2 – Text Conversation after the Balcony Scene from last night. My kids were creative, and it was a quick and easy way to assess whether they understood the scene and whether they understand the language. Here is a sample from Anthony:
Romeo: Hey, Benvolio. I’m still up. What of you?
Benvolio: Romeo? Ay me! Where are you? Where did you go last night? Are you home safe?
R: Patience cousin. You and Mercutio laughed at things you could not know unless you loved.*
B: It was all in fun. Now where did you go?
R: I went to see a woman more beautiful than the moon, brighter than the stars. She is the sun to all my dark thoughts.**
B: Rosaline? Really? After that whole party filled with hot girls you still are going for her?
R: Not her! She’s but a crow to the woman I truly love.
B: Good. So who is she that you left the orchard walls to see so late?
R: A woman who, had I spoken before I did, I would not have been able to hear her confession of love for me. ***
B: Enough waiting. Who’s stolen dear Romeo’s heart?
R: She is the daughter of Capulet’s. Her name is Juliet.
B: You’re $@#%-ing INSANE! CAPULET’S DAUGHTER!!! YOU WILL BE DEAD BY TOMORROW’S EVENING!
R: Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see.
B: See you in hell…
R: Maybe, or see you in heaven.
*”He jests at scars that never felt a wound.”
**”It is the east and Juliet is the sun! / Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon” and “Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven / Having some business do entreat her eyes / To twinkle in their spheres till they return.”
***”Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?”
In a bit, I’ll post about today’s class period. (: