Read Act II, scene 2 silently and continue to make annotations as you read.
Break into groups of 8 people and modernize Act II, scene ii, lines 1-76 of The School for Scandal.
Characters are LADY TEAZLE, LADY SNEERWELL, MRS. CANDOUR, MARIA, SIR PETER TEAZLE, SIR BENJAMIN BACKBITE, CRABTREE, JOSEPH SURFACE.
In modernizing, the group will need a clear setting (e.g., we’re all college students gossiping at a Starbucks, or we’re football players gossiping about a rival team, or we’re a bunch of teachers gossiping in the teacher’s lounge, or we’re Harry Potter and friends at Hogwarts squaring off against Draco Malfoy and the Slytherins, or we’re attendees at a Comic-Con, or we’re the characters of Grey’s Anatomy, or we’re the Capulets gossiping about the Montagues, or whatever...) and the details/jargon of their insults should match that setting and the tone of the original play. This should be fun! The goal is to communicate the tone, attitudes of characters, and overall snarkiness of the scene. To get it done in time, students will need to choose out their characters and help each other--some characters have more lines than others, so work as a team. We’ll present these little mini-performances in class tomorrow. Students are encouraged to dress the part or bring props to enhance their skits!
HW: Finish writing/practicing skit and pull together the suggestion of a costume or props. I’ll have placards ready with the School for Scandal character names.