Introduction to Romeo and Juliet: Prologue Activities

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This packet includes two worksheets that help students work through the elements of the Prologue in Romeo and Juliet.

Worksheet 1: The Shakespearean Sonnet

In this activity, students will evaluate the prologue for elements of the Shakespearean sonnet. Students will mark the meter and rhyme scheme, as well as the quatrains and couplets. Visit for additional assistance (FREE) with iambic pentameter, including helpful GIFS and the link to a TED-Ed video.

Worksheet 2: Translate the Prologue

In this activity, students will annotate the prologue and then translate it into their own words. This will help students feel more confident in their ability to read Shakespeare and give them a solid understanding of what to anticipate from the play. When students are finished writing their translations, invite them to share with the class. The results are often insightful and humorous!

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1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 9–10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


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