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Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet for Kids: 3 Short Melodramatic Plays for 3 Group Sizes (Playing with Plays) Paperback – April 29, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
In the forward, Brendan Kelso discusses the important scenes of Shakespeare that have remained with him since high school. These are the scenes that are alluded to and remembered, such as, "Romeo, Romeo; wherefore art thou Romeo?" The most important element of this book is that all of the famous lines that teachers want students to remember are there, but the lines are connected with language that students understand.
The plays can be acted out in 10 minutes or less which is perfect for a flip video rendition of Romeo and Juliet. I plan to use this fabulous book to group my students and create flip video versions to post to our student blog pages. Not only will students be able to recite some of Shakespeare's most famous lines, but they will also be able to connect with the characters in the play to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of Romeo and Juliet.
Thank you Brendan Kelso and Playing with Plays for your excellent, engaging, and short enough to be able to use in class, melodramatic plays.
As an elementary school gifted resource education teacher, I wanted my students to be aware of William Shakespeare and his contributions to the world of writing. I hoped to give them just enough background knowledge to make middle and high school Shakespeare units exciting for them. It was difficult to find Shakespearean resources for elementary school students, and I was fortunate to find this resource through Amazon.com.
Kelso takes Shakespeare's masterpieces and turns them into modern day plays, incorporating Shakespeare's most famous lines. His books feature three ten minute plays, built around cast size. I have all of his books (and REALLY need him to finish Julius Caesar and move on to Hamlet) and I am thoroughly enjoying using them with my students. I can't recommend them highly enough! They are teacher/student friendly and economically priced. In addition, the website for the series has a plethora of resources for lessons on Shakespeare. So, "SHAKE UP" your class and purchase this series. Your students will thoroughly enjoy it!
Another example: all the kids had heard Juliet's balcony lament - but now they learned that "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" doesn't mean "Romeo where are you?", it means "why are you called Romeo Montague - the enemy"! Boy - were they surprised but the lights went on!! It made them more attuned to other similar lines. The kids also really enjoyed the stage fighting, dying and over-the-top performances the script required. I applaud Mr Kelso with his affinity for this age group and for enabling these children to look forward to reading Shakespeare in later years for school.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm Benjamin Wyett. I played Benvolio, a man who wants peace and doesn't want to fight. It was fun because kids get to add stuff like I had Benvolio pronounce Tybalt's name wrong a... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Holli and James Wyett
Directed this in a kids community theatre. Just the right amount of plot and Shakespeare lines and humor. Cast was aged 9-13. Perfect.Published 4 months ago by J. Schubert
We just finished the Romeo and Juliet play! Brendan himself was director. It was so much fun to see the actors perform and have FUN! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had a friend put on a Shakespeare camp over the summer. My youngest daughter was in a couple of the plays. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LivingBeaverton
Fantastic little book. Kids loved it! Despite being easy to use and perform, still retains so much of the original text! Have ordered many of the others also!Published 11 months ago by Steven Grayden
Last summer my colleague and I decided that we would spend some of class hours doing Shakespeare for our secondary school students to develop their pronunciation and to have fun... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by TienMai
I wanted to introduce my children to Shakespeare to help them be more familiar with his writings when they study his plays in high school. This book was wonderful! Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by Family of Readers
This fall, I began my search for material for our Spring play. My drama students range in age from 8-14 and interests from puppies to hand grenades. Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by Jane