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Who done it? As the culmination of a unit study of Romeo and Juliet, class members must decide who (or what) is to blame for the death of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. After engaging in a series of preparatory activities, including focused readings and discussions, individuals craft an argumentative essay in which they present their case, their evidence, and then analyze counter arguments. The packet includes all necessary materials, as well as links to additional resources. A must for your Romeo and Juliet curriculum file.
"It is my lady, O, It is my Love!" Provide class members an opportunity to develop their skills reading difficult text with an exercise that focuses on the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet (Act II, scene ii). Using the provided exemplar text, learners first read the scene silently, highlighting confusing passages and recording questions in the space provided. Participants then follow along as the teacher reads the passage aloud. The subsequent discussion encourages close reading of the lines and paraphrasing of the text. Although the focus here is on the ways Romeo and Juliet express their love for one another, the approach could be used with any theme or any text. Step-by-step directions and a completed teacher answer sheet are included.
Read and discuss Romeo and Juliet with your class. They apply its themes to modern life by analyzing the story. Questions are included to guide the discussion into the are of insight. They will also look at how the issues relate to today's society. They will compare and contrast using a Venn Diagram. Handouts are included.
Students explore Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In this analysis activity, students recognize the use of poetic conventions as a principle of dramatic structure after analyzing the sonnetShakespeare created for the first meeting between Romeo and Juliet.  Students complete four activities to gauge the full dramatic effect of the sonnet.
English lesson plans focusing on "Romeo and Juliet" can be a great way to introduce students to Shakespeare's plays.
Students examine Shakespeare's use of poetic conventions as principle of dramatic structure in Romeo and Juliet, identify use of figurative language, and poetic forms to impart perspective in play, and examine other Shakespearean plays.
Students identify themes in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet by analyzing the film or text. In this tolerance lesson, students create their own Elizabethan era terms related to interacting with different social groups. In groups, students design and perform a short skit including the terms.
Students author and film their own adaptations of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. In this multimedia skills lesson plan, students script a play that pits an Orthodox Christian family against a Muslim family. Students use GarageBand and iMovie to film their finished projects.
Introduce Romeo and Juliet with a KWHL strategy that asks learners to record what they know, what they want to learn, and how they will find this information on a large chart posted in the classroom. During the reading of Shakespeare’s play, information learned will be added to the final column of the chart.
Your passion for Act II of Romeo and Juliet will lend (your readers) power, and time means, to meet your expectations for an extreme worksheet. Although designed for an honors class, the questions could be used to focus readers’ attention on key events and lines or be assigned to groups that would make short work of the assignment.
Need a guide to focus readers’ attention as they study Romeo and Juliet? The questions for Act III ask responders to analyze characters’ motives, interpret levels of meaning, and identify ironies in the events. The guide could be used as homework, for group work, or for whole class discussion.
Encourage your readers to use textual evidence to answer the 39 questions in this eight-page packet. All six scenes are included from Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet. Give this resource to your class to help guide them through reading the section independently. 
Students participate in five lessons that are geared toward introducing Shakespeare. Students discover Shakespeare through examination of the vocabulary, translation of the characters and conflict, engagement of stage combat and Elizabethan dances, and performance of actual scenes from Romeo and Juliet with dancing and stage combat.
In this online interactive reading comprehension learning exercise, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Shakespeare's Romeo and JulietStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
Finding the main idea in a text can be rather difficult! Work with your class and develop this skill. This resource contains an excerpt from Act II, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet, and the reader must identify the main idea of Juliet's speech. Although it is Shakespearean text, the selection is quite easy to read. 
As your class reads Romeo & Juliet, provide them with this reading guide designed for Act I. The questions are divided into scenes, and they focus on reading comprehension, interpreting the text, and studying developing characters. 
For this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about Shakespeare's Romeo and JulietStudents may check some of their answers online.
Fill in the blanks of quotes taken from Romeo and Juliet. Every question asks you to fill in the missing word with one of four words. How well do you know this play?
Review The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet with this quick quiz. Operating as an overview of the play, use this quiz to prepare readers for a test perhaps. The questions cover various elements from character foils to the plot sequence.
Students research the historical background of Romeo and Juliet as well as Shakespeare's time to better understand the play. Students work in teams to make plans and products targeting their chosen issues to positively impact their communities. Each team researches the current needs and resources of the community, and determines a course of action.

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