Students of Year 11 spent a day off timetable to launch their IGCSE English literature studies on the play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare through some hands-on detective work and a memorable cinematic experience, on the 26th of August.
Students worked interactively in groups to solve a series of murders from the play, through visiting a forensics lab, investigating authentic crime scenes, interviewing real-life witnesses before ultimately drafting a news report of the events. They also watched a movie adaptation of the play, ‘William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet”, starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes.
The ‘Shakespeare Da’y introduced events and characters from “Romeo and Juliet” to help familiarise students with the play they will be studying in their IGCSE World Literature course, as well as developing and provoking a deeper interest by challenging prior misconceptions of the play.
Hannah Wu (11D) who participated in the workshop said, “I think the ‘Shakespeare Day’ held was a huge success! I’m so grateful they took so much time to prepare for the day and help us in learning more about the play in its context.”
English teacher Ms Teri Eves explained, “Students usually just see “Romeo and Juliet” as a romantic play, but the ‘Shakespeare Day’ successfully introduced them to ideas that helped them understand that it is a lot more than that.”
Article by Sophie Luk (11N), Media Team and the English Department
Photos by Leia Pham (11D), Media Team and the English Department