So we’ve all read Romeo and Juliet in middle or high school. Thinking back would you do without it? Did you love it? How did it affect you? During one of my recent fieldwork observations I encounted these questions, and it reminded me how important this work of Shakespeare is. I was a freshman in high school when I read it, and it completely overturned my perspective on reading literature (a class I got an A+ in). After having read the book my 9th grade ELA teacher showed the class the 1997 film version of Romeo and Juliet and I think that’s what did it, boom, mind exploded. It made it more visual, relevant, fun and exciting. The teacher I am presently observing did the same, and I believe it had the same affect. And I have officially vowed to do the same. I am curious about what others think.