Romeo and Juliet vs. American Me
A Study of Group Conflicts
The Big Question


"Why are group conflicts universal to human society?" 



The Conflicts


"Romeo & Juliet" by William Shakespeare and the Edward Olmos film "American Me" (wikipedia)



What Choices and Voice will you have about Group Conflicts in this unit?

  • Research into Elizabethan Era
  • Discussion comparing "Romeo and Juliet" and "American Me"
  • Inspiration Chart analyzing a character in "Romeo and Juliet"
  • Discussions about which characters from "American Me" hold a dialogue on their motivations and a culminating debate where students representing characters from both novels discuss the common themes in each work.
  • Choose a character and present as that character using Shakespearean language and insults.
  • Do your own research using questions and keywords from your vocabulary list.