Romeo & Juliet Close Reading and Annotating Worksheets Bundle - Act 4

Romeo & Juliet Close Reading and Annotating Worksheets Bundle - Act 4
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  1. This editable close reading exercise features 10 text-dependent, higher-order questions, helping students improve reading comprehension of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Act 4, Scene 1) with emphasis on the formulation of a stratagem by Friar Laurence. By engaging in this exercise, students will
  2. This editable close reading exercise features 8 text-dependent, higher-order questions, helping students improve reading comprehension of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Act 4, Scene 3) with emphasis on Juliet's fears about following through on her plan to reunite with Romeo. By engaging in this e
  3. This editable close reading exercise features 11 text-dependent, higher-order questions, helping students improve reading comprehension of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Act 4, Scene 5) with emphasis on the Capulets' struggle to come to terms with the apparent death of their daughter. By engaging
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  2. This 198-page growing bundle of 48 close reading exercises features over 435 higher-order thinking questions and promotes active reading. It helps improve overall comprehension of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and several short stories including the followin
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This bundle of three close reading exercises promotes active reading strategies, makes student engagement with text more visible, and improves comprehension of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Act 4). By completing these activities, students will read to identify what the text says explicitly and implicitly, apply literary devices, interpret figurative expressions, and more. All close reads are editable and include answer keys. For more comprehensive details on each individual resource, please read on.

Act 4, Scene 1, Close Reading & Annotating Worksheet

This editable close reading exercise features 10 text-dependent, higher-order questions, helping students improve reading comprehension of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Act 4, Scene 1) with emphasis on the formulation of a stratagem by Friar Laurence. By engaging in this exercise, students will make engagement with the text visible via annotations, apply literary devices to the passage (foreshadowing), analyze character motivations and development, explore complex vocabulary, and discern meaning from unfamiliar phrasing. A detailed answer key is included, as are Word Document, Google Document, and PDF versions of the assessment. More specifically, this item covers the following:

  • Discerning meaning in unfamiliar or challenging phrasing: "Walk in thievish ways"; "another deed."
  • Discerning tone: "It strains me past the compass of my wits."
  • Analyzing and articulating character intent: "If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help / Do thou but call my resolution wise"; "O, bid me leap, rather than marry Paris..."
  • Understanding and applying literary devices: foreshadowing.
  • Drawing logical inferences: why Friar Laurence, in his role as a priest, would be motivated to assist Juliet.
  • Paraphrasing what the text states explicitly: Articulating Friar Laurence's plan for Romeo and Juliet to reunite.

Act 4, Scene 3, Close Reading & Annotating Worksheet

This editable close reading exercise features 8 text-dependent, higher-order questions, helping students improve reading comprehension of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Act 4, Scene 3) with emphasis on Juliet's fears about following through on her plan to reunite with Romeo. By engaging in this exercise, students will make engagement with the text visible through annotations, determine the purpose of the passage and support their claim with textual evidence, analyze character motivations and development, examine figurative language to discern meaning, and communicate ideas clearly and coherently through writing. A detailed answer key is included, as are Word Document, Google Document, and PDF versions of the assessment.

Act 4, Scene 5, Close Reading & Annotating Worksheet

This editable close reading exercise features 11 text-dependent, higher-order questions, helping students improve reading comprehension of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Act 4, Scene 5) with emphasis on the Capulets' struggle to come to terms with the apparent death of their daughter. By engaging in this exercise, students will support claims with textual evidence, analyze character motivations and development, examine figurative language to discern meaning, and communicate ideas clearly and coherently through writing. A detailed answer key is included, as are Word Document, Google Document, and PDF versions of the assessment.

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This resource aligns well to Adolescent Literacy Project teaching principles. I recommend using these worksheets as the basis for small-group discussions. Through these discussions, students decode Shakespeare's language and pose/respond to questions relating to plot, broad topics, and character development, demonstrating an ability to analyze how complex characters transform and advance the plot and themes by applying logic and citing compelling, meaningful textual evidence. They will also evaluate their peers' reasoning and use of rhetoric to advance claims, clarifying or challenging unclear ideas. Using this resource for structured guidance, students, ultimately, will present information, conclusions, and supporting textual evidence clearly, concisely, and appropriately, thereby helping their peers -- and teacher -- comprehend their thinking. 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 and comprehend complex texts, this resource was designed to prepare students for ACT-style questioning.

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