Romeo and Juliet Character Party Lesson
• Character name badges
• Instructions sheet handout for teacher
• Scenario handout for students with instructions
Students struggle with reading and comprehending Shakespeare. I have discovered that one of the main elements they struggle with is the character name list. They do not know a Montague from a Capulet. I have tried many different lessons over the years to familiarize the students with the names and roles of the characters, and this lesson is what my modpodge of lessons became. Not only is it benefitting the students, but the students enjoy the activity, so they are engaged and motivated. Through the use of colors, brief descriptions, some note passing, and a party setting, the students begin their journey through the play with a wealth of knowledge about the characters behind the names. They are now on their way to understanding the following elements that follow most educational reading standards:
• themes and the development of the themes,
• tension and development of tension,
• key ideas and details that further the plot,
• character motivations,
• character interactions,
• and conflicts.
To familiarize the students with the characters and their loyalties in order to comprehend the material.