West Side Story Education Packet

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An education packet shares information about West Side Story, a re-telling of Romeo and Juliet and a tale of two loves. Information in the packet includes an overview of the plot, characters, and story behind the creation of the classic musical, as well as discussion questions and exercises designed to accompany key themes found within the script.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • If you cannot see the stage version of the musical, show the movie instead
  • Read the script excerpts before viewing a performance and try to guess the premise of the show
Classroom Considerations
  • Discusses some mature content, such as the rape scene in the play
  • Features full-color graphics of actors on stage
  • Includes hands-on games and writing activities to engage learners
  • Content within the guide feels disorganized
Common Core