Ready to start reading Romeo and Juliet? Here's a great packet for your students that is challenging, Common Core aligned, and full of great activities!
Cover Sheet: Have students fill in due dates and reading schedule, with an easy-to-score rubric (you decide grades or points).
Vocabulary Act One: Do this before reading, and help acquaint your students with the language. I love splitting this up--half independent work, half partner. Students use the text, so it's part scavenger hunt, part puzzle. They also are required to correctly cite lines when they fill in the vocab words. This activity has a KEY.
Prologue Worksheet: Students annotate and take notes, then answer questions and write questions of their own.
Notes Pages: As they read, students take notes. There are two pages: one lined, one blank. Help students learn this valuable skill by modeling notes of your own on the board or under a doc cam as you read.
Timeline and Summary: After each scene, students write the setting and a brief summary.
Critical Thinking Questions: 15 CCSS-aligned questions that promote in-depth answers.
Personal Response: A free-write exercise where students can write about anything they'd like in relation to Act One.
Character Study: Students re-read and paraphrase a selection of the text and answer questions.
I am using this with my freshmen, and it really helps with accountability and ease of use. I have them assemble them, too. Make as much of it independent or pair/group work as you'd like.
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