Romeo & Juliet Act 2 Close Reading Questions, Bellringers, Activities, & Quiz

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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34 pages
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With close reading questions, discussion questions, writing prompts, interactive notebook activities, bellringer writing prompts, and a complete answer key, this no-prep literature guide to Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 1, Act 2 Scene 2, Act 2 Scene 3, Act 2 Scene 4, and Act 2 Scene 5 is a complete teaching unit for Act 2!

For most students, Romeo and Juliet is their first experience with a Shakespeare play, and so it is essential that they have the scaffolding they need to understand the challenging language.

When you follow the step-by-step methods that I outline here, your students will learn to understand the language and appreciate the artistry of the play and ultimately, to understand their own lives a little bit better.

The writing prompts, questions for close reading and discussion, and interactive notebook activities that I include in this resource have been honed over years of teaching this classic play--and I know that they work for students of all levels.

When you teach Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet with this resource you will:

• easily fulfill common core requirements with these no-prep study questions

• have multiple options for different learning styles and interactive notebook activities

• engage your classes in a critical thinking by using the ready-to-go discussion questions

establish calming and focusing daily routines by following the suggestions included here

• see a noted improvement in your students’ close reading skills when they utilize the scaffolding in these comprehension questions

easily discuss the questions with your classes using the extensive answer key which quotes all relevant passages so that you have everything you need to understand the play

• challenge your students to think about the author’s choices

curb cheating by utilizing two different versions of the quiz

quickly and efficiently grade your students’ work by using the included rubrics and tips

There are no lectures or power points here—students will do the work themselves, with guidance from you. Rather than telling them what the play means, you will be empowering them with the confidence and skills to tackle challenging texts on their own.

Total Pages
34 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).


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