Language in Romeo and Juliet: Motifs

Super ELA
Grade Levels
8th - 9th
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2 pages
Super ELA


This is an accessible introductory mini-lesson for students to learn about Shakespeare's use of motifs in Romeo and Juliet.

First, students will look for words that use light and dark imagery in the famous balcony scene soliloquy. Next, students answer questions about Romeo's word choice and determine the figurative meanings behind it. After completing this activity, students will gain confidence in identifying and analyzing the light/dark motif in later acts and scenes throughout the play.

Total Pages
2 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.
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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