Do the preparation task first. Then watch the short film and do the exercises to check your understanding.
Chloe (narrator): Everyone thinks my life is a piece of cake. They think my life’s a beach. Just because I get good grades they think I have it easy. It could be worse, at least I’m not Craig. Everyone else in this place belongs somewhere. If you’re a Jock, an Emo or a girlie girl then you find that others like you and you stick together. I don’t fit in anywhere.
Teacher: This morning, Stephano and Trinculo: the role of the clowns in Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’.
Craig: Sorry I’m late, Miss.
Teacher: Oh, Craig, Right on cue.
Chloe (narrator): Everyone calls Craig the class clown, but not in a good way. This place is like a circus, but Craig’s not the clown.
Teacher: Chloe Davies! Daydreaming is not permitted.
Chloe: Did you get your results this morning?
Chloe: I heard the shouting.
Craig: Dad was just encouraging me.
Chloe: He shouldn’t treat you like that.
Craig: It’s not really any of your business.
Chloe (narrator): Craig’s not a clown, he’s a puppet. His dad pulls the strings.
Teacher: This morning, Shakespeare’s genius: juggling comedy and tragedy. Ah, Craig!
Chloe: Craig, catch it!
Chloe: For what?
Craig: For what you said yesterday. My dad shouldn’t treat me like that. So I went home and told him.
Chloe: How did he take it?
Craig: Not very well. See you later.
Chloe: Can you teach me how to do that?
Craig: Sure, no problem. Bye.
Chloe (narrator): Everybody thinks my life is a piece of cake. They think my life’s a beach. It’s not. My life’s a juggling act.
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Can you juggle? What could you teach someone else to do? What would you like to learn how to do?