Looking for a no-prep lesson on the prologue of Romeo and Juliet that will boost your students’ confidence and close reading skills?
The prologue is more dense and poetic than the first scene of the play. If you have the time, it’s worth it to go slow here as students’ experience with Romeo and Juliet is usually their first time studying Shakespeare in school. Students might be frustrated with the challenging language, but going step-by-step and using the scaffolding of the close reading questions will help boost their confidence to read the rest of the play.
When you teach the prologue of Romeo and Juliet with this resource you will:
• fulfill common core requirements with this no-prep lesson
• have multiple options for different learning styles and interactive notebook activities
• quickly and easily start class with the bellringer writing prompts
• see a noted improvement in your students’ close reading skills when they utilize the scaffolding and comprehension questions included here
• engage your classes in a rigorous discussion by using the ready-to-go critical thinking questions
• challenge your students to think about the author’s choices
• start your unit on Romeo and Juliet with a solid, proven lesson that will get your students excited about the rest of the play
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.