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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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
What do Robert Downey Jr., Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Fritz Weaver, Roger Moore, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Daffy Duck have in common? Why, it’s elementary, my dear Watson! They all have portrayed Sherlock Holmes. Literary detectives launch an investigation of how varying portrayals of a character influence a drama. The approach detailed here could be used with a wide range of literature.  From Romeo and Juliet to The Great Gatsby, your sleuths will be engaged in the search for clues that reveal how who done it changes everything.
Learners create a family shield for themselves as part of the Montague or Capulet family.  In this Romeo and Juliet lesson, students divide into the two warring clans.  Learners each create a shield representing themselves as part of one of the opposing families.  Each family can gain or lose points, and members, based on classroom behavior during the course of the reading of the play.
Thorough and all-encompassing, this study guide summarizes an entire semester, or possibly a year, of language arts vocabulary words. Vocabulary from The Diary of Anne Frank, Night, Romeo and Juliet, and various short stories is listed for review, as well as the elements of drama, stories, and literature. Concepts for MLA format and grammar finish the instructional activity. Use the study guide as a way to plan your semester, substituting any stories or concepts that you cover instead.
“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.
Fill in the blank on these quotes from Romeo and Juliet. The tricky part is that you are only told the speaker in two instances. Choose from four words the one that belongs in the quote. Test your class's knowledge of the play!
In this Romeo and Juliet worksheet, students complete a group project by creating a poem on an assigned topic relating to themes found in Romeo and Juliet.
What is a bully? Romeo and Juliet's Act 3 Scene 1 gives eighth and ninth graders the perfect opportunity to explore bullying. After doing some Internet research on bullying characteristics, groups reenact the scene to decide who is the bully: Romeo or Tybalt. 
Twelfth graders consider global issues and their effects. They identify the themes of human needs, human rights, and the environment, select a topic and research articles for a Global Current Events Portfolio. Working in small groups, they compare and contrast their articles and view a video and write a journal response to the film.
Students examine the role Shakespeare and his works play in our culture. In this langauge arts lesson, students also examine what actors do when preparing for a role. Students engage in a game intended to build confidence then they move into analysis of a scene from Romeo and Juliet.
"Do you believe that fate is inescapable, or that people forge their own lives?" This is the essential question at the heart of Romeo and Juliet, according to the narrator of a series on Shakespeare's tragedy. Short but dense, the video presents viewers with the complexity of the play and urges them to ponder, posit, and support their own interpretation with evidence from the text.
Give this two-page cloze activity to your class as they read Act 3 of Romeo and Juliet. There's a short paragraph summary provided for each of the five scenes, and readers must complete the blanks that appear throughout each paragraph. 
In these comprehension worksheets, students complete activities after reading "Romeo and Juliet," "Macbeth," and "King Lear." Activities include matching characters with descriptions, short answer and true/false questions. Activities are followed by an assessment.
Students interpret the themes in Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, create a 6-line poem based on the themes in the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, and define musical terms related to the study of programmatic music in this excellent middle-level lesson for the General Music class.
Mercutio and Tybalt fight in Act III of Romeo and Juliet. As your readers come across scenes ii, iii, and iv, have them use this list of study questions to focus their reading. The guide encourages the identification of literary devices, basic plot recall, and some translation into our more modern English. 
Students explore roles within their family, culture and society to determine the essential rules as well as the personal and societal consequences of transgressing them. They begin by looking at long-held traditions and then look at examples in literature (Romeo and Juliet) as well as contemporary examples of transgression as seen in current events
In this drama study guide worksheet, high schoolers respond to 24 short answer questions regarding the plot, characters, vocabulary, and figurative language of act 4 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Ninth graders read and analyze the William Shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet" and compare it to the 1996 modern version of the play and the movie "West Side Story." They write an essay comparing and contrasting the three versions.

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