Romeo & Juliet Close Reading Worksheet (Act 1, Scene 3)

Romeo & Juliet Close Reading Worksheet (Act 1, Scene 3)
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This editable 9-question close reading resource helps students derive deeper meaning from Act 1, Scene 3 of Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. By engaging in this exercise, students will read to identify what the text says explicitly and implicitly, apply literary devices, analyze character, interpret figurative expressions, isolate accurate statements from inaccurate ones, and more. An answer key is included. More specifically, this resource covers the following:

  • Identifying what the text says explicitly and implicitly: Juliet's age.
  • Identifying what the text says explicitly and implicitly: what happened to the nurse's daughter.
  • Identifying textual evidence in support of a claim: the close bond between Juliet and the nurse.
  • Analyzing character: the nurse's brand of humor.
  • Identifying what the text says explicitly and implicitly: Lady Capulet's age.
  • Interpreting figurative expressions: "Why he's a man of wax."
  • Applying literary devices: metaphor.
  • Analyzing character: what Lady Capulet means when she tells Juliet, "And what obscured in this fair volume lies / Find written in the margent of his eyes."
  • Analyzing character: Juliet's reaction to her mother's request to return Paris's affections.

This resource aligns well to Adolescent Literacy Project teaching principles. I recommend using these worksheets as the basis for small-group discussions, letting students discuss, debate, and support their reasoning for answer choices. In the role of facilitator, I observe my students becoming more consistently engaged with the novel and taking greater ownership of their learning.

In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to read harder texts, this resource was designed to prepare students for ACT-style questioning.

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