Looking for a way to scaffold students' understanding of Shakespeare's language in Romeo and Juliet? Start by teaching vocabulary they will encounter both meaningfully and purposefully.
When I teach vocabulary, I teach it for retention, not memorization. With all vocabulary instruction, Romeo and Juliet Act I vocabulary included, I focus on differentiation, student-centered activities, and brain-based approaches to learning.
Romeo and Juliet can be a frustrating text because of the nuances in the historical Early Modern English language, but we can support our students with sound vocabulary instruction in addition to other scaffolding techniques.
In this Romeo and Juliet Act I vocabulary resource, you will find several engaging activities to encourage students' participation and to facilitate learning. With purchase, you will have access to the following teacher resources:
- Five vocabulary words from Act 1: pernicious, augmenting, grievance, transgression, and heretics
- A graphic organizer notes page that encourages students to think beyond the definition
- A fun differentiated class activity that focuses on connections and associations with video clip links included!
- A PDF presentation that will encourage students to determine the definitions of the words using context clues and class discussion
- A thorough lesson plan that will give you step-by-step instruction for how to implement the previous three items
- A class game of "I Have, Who Has?" which can be played over and over to increase competition, retention, and motivation
- A 15 question vocabulary quiz and answer key
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I hope this Romeo and Juliet Act I vocabulary pack encourages your students to remember the words long after you finish the play, Romeo and Juliet. Interested in more classroom-tested and tweaked materials to teach one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies?
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