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Reading Shakespeare -- Variations
These variations deal with the prologue of Act I of 
 Romeo and Juliet 
; however, these variations can beused for any selection you care to choose. Have the students read the prologue several times andchoose from among the following variations:
Reading 1
: Have students read prologue aloud in unison.
Reading 2
: Have students read the prologue one word at a time--First student: "Two"Second student: "households"Third student: "both"And so on . . .This reading will help the students recognize the importance of individual words.
Reading 3
: Have students repeat Reading #2. This time ask them to try to read as if the words wereall spoken by one voice, without lengthy pauses between readers and with some expression.
Reading 4
: For this reading, each student takes a half-line, reading to the pause in the line or to theend line see handout, " The Prologue To Act One:
Romeo and Juliet 
:") or to the end line. Again, thegroup should attempt to create a single voice.An ensemble effect may be added to this reading in several ways:
Have the boys read the first half of each line and the girls read the second half.
Double up the voices on some of the lines.
Reading 5
: Have the students take turns reading to the punctuation stops -- semicolons, colons,question marks, exclamation points,
NOT
commas. This reading helps clarify the meaning of the passage and allows for more natural stress.
Reading 6
: Have the students repeat Reading 5, this time vocally emphasizing the word before thestop.
Reading 7
: Have the students walk and read the prologue, stamping one foot and changing directionon the final word before each full stop.

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