ROMEO AND JULIET :studying Shakespeare in the XXI Century
Right now I am working on line to write an activity for a MOOC Course with COURSERA.
I am trying to present an activity- a lesson- as part of a project while I am teaching English . My idea is to integrate the new tools( searching the web, making presentation, critical thinking) with
what most of language teachers have studied at university ( litearature): the tragey Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Teaching love,death in one the most important tragedies by the Bard can be difficult but also interesting. The idea is to visit VERONA, I am Italian and if my students want to do it to go to London and see the Globe and learn more about this play.
My idea is to work on Project Based Learning and having students who work from home and at school on the play Romeo and Juliet. I would like them to study and learn on their own, to present what they still can find today in the world of poetry, in films and also in their attitude to love.
The teacher is the supervisor who provides
- HELP and KNOWLEDGE
- TOOLS ( prezi but also thinglink) and help the student to WRITE on line
- MONITORS the students' use of the language ( English) while they are working at home and on line ( the class blog should be in English of course)
- uses grids for observing the students while they are working at school and while they are presenting their posts on the blog or in front of the class
The final project should be a blog shared by all the students who are working on Shakespeare's play, because " blogging" is today a new experience for writing while they are working together under the supervision of the TEACHER.
The following presentation with lots of information is provided by the teacher to all the students who will later work on the project.
My introduction is a presentation on line which can be followed from home and at school since they just need internet access and a personal computer at home, a tablet or a smartphone.
http://blogs.ihes.com/tech-elt/?p=4147 ( WHY TEACHERS NEED TO BE ON SOCIAL MEDIA)
AND PROJECT WORK ( PBL)
WORKING ON LINE WITH STUDENTS
My ideas about integrating literature with new tools and social media are described in the following useful presentations on line I would like to share with other teachers:
The following links have my collections on line for the materials used and selected to guide the students at school, from home and also for my personal professional development when I prepared the module.