9th Grade Honors English Distance Learning Resources: Romeo and Juliet

“Birds do it.  Bees do it.  Even educated fleas do it.” (“Let’s do it.  Let’s Fall in Love”  Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, 1928)

Really?  Do birds, bees, and academically-inclined fleas perform the same mental leaps needed to live out the metaphor of actually “falling” into something we call love?  Or are they just performing their biological imperative of attempting to duplicate their genes, and nosy human beings describe what they do as “love.” 

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The BBC's 1976 Stage Version: Part 1

When compared to film versions, this full live production from the BBC isn't as fast-paced, but when it comes to understanding the subtitles of the play, it's fantastic!

The BBC's 1976 Stage Version: Part 2

It's so sad, you have to laugh.  And these clips are amazingly helpful.

My favorite -- From the Reduced Shakespeare Company

If you haven't seen Thug Notes, you are missing out!

An Animated Cliff's Notes Summary of the Play

Have You Met Libby?
Central Questions
  • What is love, and why do we care so much about it?

  • What are the varieties of love we experience as human beings, and what are their functions?

  • What makes love possible?

  • How would evolutionary biology explain romantic love?

  • What is courtly love, and how did it develop in the West?

  • How does the creative imagination separate homo sapiens sapiens from all other life?

  • Is it possible to have a lasting and satisfying love life?


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