The Romeo and Juliet Acting and Lit. Analysis Guide is a tour de force PowerPoint of robust literary analysis and comprehension questions. While reading the play, the PowerPoint requires that students not only understand the complex plot of the play, but also appreciate, identify and discuss how Shakespeare uses literary devices, motifs and themes within the text. At the closing of the play’s most memorable scenes, this resource also offers several exit slips, and mini creative writing activities requiring students to write using metaphor, simile, personification, oxymoron, and motifs from the play. The PowerPoint can be used in two effective ways to engender a better a better understanding of the text:
1) While reading the play in class, the educator can use the PowerPoint as a pacing guide. I prefer to get students out of their desks and have them act out particular scenes. Students use the PowerPoint on the board to help give them an idea of what the how to read and perform a particular scene. Because there are questions on most slides, while reading, the educator can use the PowerPoint to stop students at crucial junctures and ask them questions about the plot. Most importantly the PowerPoint should be usedto identify and observe how literary devices are used within the text.
2) The educator can use the PowerPoint as review material the day after assigning a reading for homework. This course of action works well for honors students who may do well understanding content, but who could also benefit from the literary analysis questions and activities in the PowerPoint for enrichment.
Please see the Romeo and Juliet Literary Analysis and Test Assessment word document on my Teacherspayteachers page, for assessments that correspond with the lessons from the PowerPoint.