This lesson enables students to gain a detailed understanding of the balcony scene in William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Students learn to demonstrate a developed understanding of language, supported by precisely-selected textual evidence. Students develop clear interpretations of the key meanings within the scene, as the lesson provides a close analysis of the figurative language, rhyme, and repetition strategies utilised by Shakespeare throughout.
The lesson utilises a range of tasks, that require students to be attentive and interactive learners. It follows this learning journey:
- Establishing the events leading up to the scene, and the predicament that Romeo and Juliet are in;
- Reading and interpreting Act II Scene II, interpreting and inferring the key meanings;
- Understanding the key themes throughout the scene, including Juliet's comparison with sunlight;
- More closely analysing Shakespeare's use of language in Juliet's 'What's in a name?' speech;
- Peer/self evaluating the learning in the lesson.
Included in this resource pack are:
- A well-presented, thorough, and informative, whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation;
- Resources for the reading and interpreting activity - full scene transcript with space for notes;
- A template to help scaffold the main task, complete with P.E.E instructions;
- A challenging and thought-provoking worksheet, and an answer sheet for the teacher.
All images in this resource are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the lesson presentation.