Romeo & Juliet: Who was to blame for their deaths? This lesson occurs after students have finished reading. There are 3 activities in this lesson, and they scaffold in complexity. Also included are character notes. Part 1 of the lesson is an independent drill/prewrite that asks for student opinion and uses a graph/chart.
Part 2 of the lesson calls for student groups to discuss their drill/prewrite, using the character note cards to aid their discussion. Once a consensus is reached, students construct a graph/chart (kinesthetic). For student groups working at a higher level, there are additional discussion questions. Although not specified, groups can present their graph/chart and argue their case if time allows.
Part 3 of the lesson is the assessment. Students work individually to write a claim-based argument to the question: Who was to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Additional instruction/reminders are provided for students. Suggested timeline: 1-2 periods.