Romeo and Juliet Lesson Plans
by William Shakespeare

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Browse our comprehensive Romeo and Juliet lesson plan in addition to teacher-contributed activities. Romeo and Juliet learning objectives include identifying the common themes of the story and how elements of love and hate interact, both in the storyline of Romeo and Juliet and in the wordplay of the text.

While all our lesson plans are geared toward a high school English literature class, teachers find great success teaching our full Romeo and Juliet lesson plan in grade 9. Romeo and Juliet lesson plans are broken down by section, with popular lessons and activities for Acts 3 and 4, particularly the famous balcony scene. Our lesson plans encourage students to become engaged in the readings and develop their own analysis of the meaning behind Romeo and Juliet.

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  • Romeo and Juliet eNotes Lesson Plan

    Learning Objectives: By the end of this unit, students should be able to identify the primary themes in Romeo and Juliet; explain the common roots of love and hate and of sex and violence, and discuss how these are developed thematically in the play; determine and define those elements that make...

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  • Romeo and Juliet Literary Devices Lesson Plan

    Constructing Love with Metaphors in Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2: This lesson plan asks students to analyze the lovers’ first exchange in the famous balcony scene in order to determine how Juliet uses rhetoric to correct Romeo’s romantic discourse and ground his idealized love in reality. Students will...

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  • Romeo and Juliet eNotes Teaching Guide

    So you’re going to teach William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a classic drama that has been a mainstay in English classes for generations. Whether it’s the first or hundredth time you escort students through the text, we've provided some teaching tips to help ensure that the experience is rewarding for...

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  • Romeo and Juliet eNotes Curriculum Plan

    Ask students to suggest words that describe the character traits of Romeo and Mercutio. By this point in the play, students should be able to see that Romeo is a romantic and a dreamer, whereas Mercutio is decidedly unromantic and a realist with little use for the fantasies of love. The etymology...

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  • Romeo and Juliet on Film Lesson Plan

    Through viewing George Cukor’s, Franco Zeffirelli’s, and Baz Luhrmann’s film versions of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, students will see how one director interprets the text of the play.  Students will answer questions to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the main events and characters in Romeo and Juliet as they...

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  • Romeo and Juliet Reading Comprehension Quiz

    This quiz contains reading comprehension questions for Romeo and Juliet.

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  • Romeo and Juliet Character Analysis Lesson Plan

    Mercutio and the Death of the Festive Clown: This lesson plan focuses on how Mercutio’s character underscores the turning point between comedy and tragedy in Romeo and Juliet. Students will closely examine the tone, motivation, and language of Mercutio’s lines in act 3, scene 1 in order to analyze his...

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  • Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 5 Dialogue Analysis Activity

    Through dialogue, playwrights reveal a character’s motivations, personality traits, and relationships with other characters. Diction (word choice) plays an essential role in writing dialogue because it creates mood, develops characters, and establishes events in the play. The following activity will help students analyze passages of dialogue and determine how they...

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