Shakespeare’s play about the doomed romance of two teenagers from feuding families is the most famous love story ever written. First performed around 1596, Romeo and Juliet has been adapted as a ballet, an opera, the musical West Side Story, and a dozen films. Check out sample lesson plans for Romeo and Juliet below.
Students will apply a helpful note-taking strategy to summarize and dissect passages from Romeo and Juliet.
Students will identify and analyze poetic devices used in key passages in the text and determine Shakespeare's purpose in using each device.
Students will use this worksheet to trace two secondary characters’ development in Romeo and Juliet and analyze their motivations.
Students will use this worksheet to explore the motif of fate and how Shakespeare foreshadows many outcomes of the play by finding and exploring several examples of foreshadowing in Romeo and Juliet.
Students will update the setting of a chosen scene from Romeo and Juliet and then write a modern version of the dialogue.