English KS2: Introducing 'Romeo and Juliet'

Newsround’s Ricky Boleto and Leah Gooding visit Shakespeare's Globe to meet the experts and look in detail at 'Romeo and Juliet'.

Paul Edmondson from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust talks them through this most famous of love stories and Michael Rosen observes that one of the themes of the play is what happens when grown-ups try to make their children do things against their will.

This clip is from the series i.am.Will Shakespeare.

Teacher Notes

Students could imagine they are 21st Century reporters writing the story of Romeo and Juliet as if for the Newsround website.

Including the background of the hatred between the Montagues and the Capulets and explain how the story of the young lovers ends so sadly.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching English at KS2 in England and Wales, KS1/KS2 in Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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