West Side Story: Teacher Resource Guide

West Side Story is widely known as a modern-day Romeo & Juliet. Learners read a list of characters from the play and list their counterparts from Romeo & Juliet before completing a vocabulary enrichment activity and word jumble. Pupils also answer discussion questions and engage in an interactive activity to keep the resource engaging and interesting. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have individuals create the art activity using recycled materials and then present their work to the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is based on a theatrical production of the story
  • Assumes familiarity with Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet
  • Have the film adaptation on hand for the lesson
  • Contains a variety of activities for differentiation 
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