Friday, July 9, 2010

Taylor Swift, "Love Story"

This week, first grade students listened to "Love Story." "Love Story" is a song by Taylor Swift, a famous teenage American singer. She sings in the pop/country genre, and she writes her own music and lyrics.

The words and video for "Love Story" are based on the story of Romeo and Juliet. However, "Love Story" has a very happy ending!

Watch "Love Story," by Taylor Swift, here.

Read the lyrics to "Love Story" here.

Romeo & Juliet: Prologue

Want to read the Prologue again? Here it is!

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whole misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

Love Story

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life. . . .

(this picture is from the 1968 movie)

This week, students worked on Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous love stories in the English language.

We read the Prologue together, and watched three different film versions of the Prologue.

Then we watched and compared clips from those movies.

Here are the movies:

(this picture is from the 1997 movie)

Romeo and Juliet 1968 (starring Olivia Hussey as Juliet)

Romeo and Juliet 1996 (starring Leo DiCaprio as Romeo and Claire Danes as Juliet)

West Side Story 1961 (musical version set in 1950s New York)

Shakespeare in Love 1998 (about William Shakespeare writing "Romeo and Juliet")

(this picture is from West Side Story)

Want to read the Prologue again? Look at the next blog post!