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Struggling readers "get" the story
on November 30, 2011
I'm a high school special ed. teacher, and I've been teaching a brief "Romeo and Juliet" unit for the past 3 years in our freshman prescriptive English/Reading class. Even though the curriculum comes with one version of a (very short) graphic novel, it is in Shakespearean English and is still difficult for the students to understand.
I purchased 7 of these to use with my students (they've been sharing with a partner), and the first day we flew through 62 pages because they were just hooked. It's a really quick read, and the graphics help the students understand some of the still-remaining subtleties of the play/language (i.e. the nurse storming into the courtyard to talk with Romeo; her being made fun of). I can stop and point out these things in the illustrations, too (i.e. "Notice how her robes are flying up around her") . It makes later discussion and work by students a lot easier, as they can refer back to the scenes by referring to the illustrations.
This is the first year my students haven't moaned and groaned about R+J, and it hasn't taken tons of frontloading and review on the language alone. (In all honesty, Shakespearean language isn't my focus here: it's comprehension and an enjoyment of reading in all forms!)
To sum, a hefty investment if you're purchasing several copies, but definitely worth it if you want your student(s) to enjoy and understand the story without a battle or frustration.