This is the lesson final in a mini-unit to prepare students for independent reading and guided analysis of "Romeo and Juliet.' It asks students to
- Practice reading strategies introduced in the last three lessons of the mini-unit: (1) Elizabethan England, (2) Decoding Shakespeare, and (3) Beating up drama
- Reflect on the efficacy of their reading strategies for reading complex historical texts by Ovid, Arthur Brooke and Shakespeare
- Build prior knowledge for successful reading of "Romeo and Juliet" to construct a physical timeline predicting plot events in the play
The lesson plan is incredibly detailed, giving instructors
- Short warm-up based on the homework assignment in "Beating up drama," available on TPT
- A scavenger hunt for common features of dramatic texts
- Scripted commentary for guided reading of the Prologue of "Romeo and Juliet"
- A copy of 15 questions that guide reading comprehension and preliminary analysis of Act 1 of "Romeo and Juliet" with questions focusing on application of the week's reading strategies to understand 16th century terms, literary elements and the 'art of Shakespeare's language'
The lesson and presentation are great tools for interdisciplinary work with drama or theater departments, as well.