Romeo & Juliet Tests: Quotes, Essay Prompts, Creative Projects, Collaborative

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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Whether you want traditional text-based exam questions, prompts for argument essays, essay questions, or ideas for fun and creative projects, this resource has you covered.

These innovative summative assessments will change the way you teach Shakespeare's classic play.

When you assess your students on Romeo and Juliet with this resource you will:

• give your students assessments that will deepen their learning and exploration of the play

equip your students to write longer and more independent assignments by providing them with the necessary scaffolding

• engage your classes in a critical thinking by using the ready-to-go essay and quote-based questions

quickly and efficiently grade students work by using the included rubrics and test questions and answers

give your student assessments of Romeo and Juliet that truly measure their understanding of the most important elements of the play

***There are five options for assessment in this resource.***

The first option is a test that requires students to complete quote identifications and write two short essays. This is the most conventional choice here, and it’s a good option to see how comfortable your students are reading the text of the play independently as well as writing about the bigger themes and ideas of the play.

The second option is an in-class essay on one character. For this assessment, students will work through a close reading of a group of provided quotes focusing on one character, and then they will write an essay on those quotes. This is a good option if you want the assessment to be a chance for students to further explore the text and to strengthen their close reading and writing skills.

The third option is an in-class essay on the play as a whole, based on one of two prompts. Students should have one class period to organize and plan their essays and one class to write them. This is a good option if you want students to develop their timed writing skills and their independent thinking.

The fourth option is a creative poster project which I have been using for various Shakespeare plays for at least fifteen years. It’s a low-key choice, and students could do most of the work at home. I like this option as it gets students to work with the text on their own, examining more than what we discuss as a class, and it also results in some great classroom decoration.

The fifth option is a creative group project that involves paraphrasing and updating a portion of the play. This is my favorite choice as it is challenging and fun at the same time, and it is the easiest to grade.

Total Pages
23 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
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.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


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