This lesson is about a performance of Romeo and Juliet carried out entirely on Twitter, using 140-character messages from the characters in the play. (Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service where the user sends short messages, or tweets, of a maximum 140 characters). The lesson provides students with the opportunity to read a short newspaper-style text, focus on vocabulary and to write ‘conversations’ between the main characters using tweets (short messages).

Such Tweet Sorrow

Topic: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Level: B2  

Time: 60 minutes

Aims:

  • To develop students’ ability to scan for specific information
  • To develop students’ vocabulary to talk about technology (specifically social media) and theatre and performance
  • To give practice of writing 140-character messages (tweets)
  • To deepen students’ understanding of the play Romeo and Juliet and consider how it might translate to the modern day

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