Example: THE OPENING OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S ‘ROMEO AND JULIET’ HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS ‘A MARVEL OF ECONOMY, DESCRIPTIVE POWER AND EXCITEMENT’. THE FIRST ACT COMPLETELY CAPTURES THE AUDIENCE’S ATTENTION THROUGH ROUSING ACTION, A WIDE VARIETY OF CONTRASTING CHARACTERS, THOUGHT PROVOKING THEMES AND POWERFUL LANGUAGE. IN THIS ESSAY I WILL EXPLORE WHY THE OPENING ACT HAS SUCH DRAMATIC IMPORTANCE, AND WILL CONSIDER WAYS TO ADAPT MOMENTS FROM THE PLAY TO MAXIMISE THEIR IMPACT.
Task: Try your own introduction, in your purple books…
Planning: <ul><li>How can we structure the essay? </li></ul><ul><li>What order will we cover/ explore our main points? </li></ul><ul><li>We could follow the chronology of the play, or we could do it by theme/ topic area (eg: characters, themes, dramatic devices) </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s have a look at a sample plan… </li></ul>
Exploration of the dramatic qualities of the Prologue Analysis of opening scene; impact of Servants’ language; how the fight develops; exploration of Tybalt and Benvolio Ways to adapt this first scene effectively Analysis of the language devices and effect in the scene between Romeo and Benvolio; discuss what we learn about Romeo Impressions formed about Juliet; dramatic importance of this. Close focus on the dramatic devices and structure of Act 1 Sc5 Exploration of the poetic language between Romeo and Juliet in Act1 Sc5 and ‘balcony scene’ Discussion of ways to adapt the prologue for maximum dramatic effect
Task: Use the boxes to plan your essay structure…
Next Task: Let’s try and write the first paragraph of the main body of our essay…
Next Week: <ul><li>Speaking & Listening: Drama focus </li></ul><ul><li>A short scripted scene, inspired by an actual scene from the play </li></ul><ul><li>May extend or develop a scene </li></ul><ul><li>Could be ‘before’ events of the play, or ‘after’ </li></ul><ul><li>Might be a ‘hidden scene’; something referred to but not seen </li></ul>