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Making Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet comprehensible to English language learners





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The research question addressed in this project was: what activities and strategies can be incorporated into the unit on drama and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, so that students will find meaning and continue to improve their English skills? It documents one teacher's creation of an eight-week unit for an ESL class that provides varied activities, adaptations, and novel connections based on the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model. The author documents the details of the unit and uses researched-based methodology to validate the activities in the unit. In addition she reflects on the success and struggles in teaching the unit and concludes that a beneficial way to teach Shakespeare to students with limited exposure to his works is to provide a variety of resources, so that students have the insight to access them in the future.

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