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Should Romeo and Juliet have revealed their engagement to their parents? After reading Acts I and II of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, your class discusses this question with a SMARTboard presentation (though the lesson still works if you don't have a SMARTboard). First, make a list of reasons why they should or should not tell, and then refer to passages of the play to support these reasons. The lesson can expand into a persuasive letter to the characters, or another writing activity.
Shakespeare was such a talented writer, but why? It must be his use of figurative language, blended with his clever, twisting plots. This learning exercise focuses on his use of metaphor, simile, personification, oxymoron, and hyperbole within Romeo and Juliet. Your readers will study specific lines (given), identify the figurative language used, and explain how they know its that specific type. 
Shakespeare too confusing? Rewrite it! Small groups each take on one act of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, repurposing it into more modern language. They summarize the act as a group and then act out the basic play using created scripts, blocking, and costuming. Each group presents a slide show to explain their act and process before playing the recorded version. This is a fun way to get kids engaged in a sometimes-intimidating piece of literature, and could easily be rewarded by watching the 1996 film adaptation.
High school learners identify and interpret figurative language and compare and contrast the text version of Romeo and Juliet with scenes from two clips of two different film adaptations.
In this Romeo and Juliet worksheet, students write an essay in which they analyze the characters of Romeo and Juliet, comparing and contrasting their types of love.  Students work through a step-by-step process to complete their essay.
Students read the book The Whisperer and discuss the book's relationship to the story of Romeo and Juliet. In this teaching Romeo/Juliet lesson plan, students examine the idea of racism and prejudice as it pertains to the story. Students discuss the interpretations of the play and draw conclusions about the feud between the families in the story.
Students view plays and movies that show the story of Romeo and Juliet. In this Romeo and Juliet lesson plan, students learn about the characters and history behind the story.
In this Romeo and Juliet worksheet, students choose one of four final projects to complete after reading Romeo and Juliet.  Students may choose a project in which they design costumes, draw a blueprint of the Globe Theater, or create scenes on a poster or in shadow box.
In this Romeo and Juliet worksheet, students view three versions of the balcony scene. Students discuss why the director chose the elements for the film versions. Students then complete a prompt-book activity analyze the setting, costumes, and language in the scene.
Tenth graders complete characterization analysis for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. For this characterization lesson, 10th graders work in learning tiers to analyze the characters and plot in the play. Students work under, at, and above their grade level to analyze the play and share their analysis with the class.
Students study Romeo and Juliet. In this language arts lesson, students read the play and complete a series of activities. Students choose the activities to complete. Students write a summary, draw a poster or compare and contrast Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story.
Students use technology to be engaged in an Language Arts assignment. The play of Romeo and Juliet is viewed on the computer and all skills related to its viewing are accomplished at the computer station.
Freshmen are asked to demonstrate their understanding of the events in Act II of Romeo and Juliet by filling in the blanks on a cloze reading exercise.
In this Romeo and Juliet worksheet, students create a MySpace website as a characterization analysis for the play Romeo and Juliet. Students complete a characterization sheet for the activity.
Students explore Shakespeare's use of poetic conventions, examine the first meeting between Romeo and Juliet and gain experience in close readng and the interpretation of verse structure and imagery.
As your class reads Romeo and Juliet, slow them down for Act 2 Scene 2. Have them read the excerpt (provided here) and answer the questions that follow. Readers study the language, the structure of their speech, and dramatic irony. A great resource!
“What is the theme of this story?” Now there’s a question all pupils dread. Rather than encountering a sea of faces that look like they were painted by Edward Munch, face a classroom filled with smiles and confidence. Show your readers how to determine the theme of a work. After modeling and discussing the differences between motifs and themes, groups engage in a series of activities that ask them to identify the motifs and the authors’ messages about these motifs in works they have read. Rich in detail, the packet deserves a place in your curriculum library.
In this Shakespeare matching worksheet, student match words associated with the play Romeo and Juliet with the phrases that describe them.
Is it ok to be mad at someone who comes to your party uninvited? What about someone who interrupts you? For this prereading strategy, your class members must decide whether or not they'd get angry in the 10 situations provided. Then, they explain two of their responses in greater depth. A great introduction to a novel that really highlights a familial battle where the kids have little to do with the original catalyst. 
Use this lesson in your Romeo and Juliet unit. Middle and high schoolers compare, contrast, and critique the written version of the play with modern stage and film adaptations through an oral presentation. Several discussion questions are included to explore the idea of chivalry, romantic love, and courtship. 

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