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Scandalous Verona!

Mission 1

Scandalous Verona!


Réagir et dialoguer : je participe à une conversation.

Did you know?

Scandals and gossip have interested the press since the 1600s. The first US tabloid was launched in 1916. Nowadays, websites like TMZ break celebrity news. Love stories in particular fascinate readers. What are the most famous love stories that you know?

Romeo & Juliet: The Graphic Novel


O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet. [...]
’Tis but thy name that is my enemy:
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? It is nor hand nor foot,
Nor arm nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O be some other name!
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
and for thy name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (Act II, scene 2), 1597.

Exercice 1 : Impossible love

Observe this picture. Why is the young man hiding?

Read the text. What are Juliet’s and Romeo’s family names? What is the problem?

Record the monologues. Try to be convincing!
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A dispatch

A dispatch

A dispatch

Exercice 2 : A dispatch

Read the text. What happened?

Listen. Pick out information about people, places and actions. Recap.

In your opinion, who is the anonymous witness?

Imagine what would happen if Juliet’s family knew all about their love story.

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Romeo and Juliet



Exercice 3 : Scoop!

Describe the painting. Why is it so romantic?

Listen. Identify the situations. Compare and contrast them.

What is decided at an editorial meeting?

Write tomorrow’s headline for the two papers.

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Was / were + V-ing

Observe: I was drinking champagne when I saw them kiss.

Think: How many things happened? Which one was in progress?

Practise: What was Romeo doing when Juliet appeared on her balcony?

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Old English


I love thee Romeo. Thou art not a villain!

Cry out

Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

To my mind... I agree with you...

To my mind... I agree with you...

Suggest tomorrow's headlines

Use Lino. You work for a newspaper. Take part in an editorial meeting: suggest tomorrow’s headlines and ideas for articles after reading the dispatch from activity 2.

How far can you go?

A2 I can give basic advice using should.
A2+ I can describe what was happening when the lovers kissed.
B1 I can preserve anonymity with the passive voice.
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