In this versatile lesson, students create an epitaph for a character who dies in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The students are given examples of famous and poignant epitaphs, and then they pre-write using a graphic organizer. Students then write a four line epitaph and include a quotation for textual support. At the end, students present their epitaphs to the class.
An alternate GT/Pre-AP assignment is included. The advanced assignment asks students to also incorporate rhyming iambic pentameter and advanced figurative language into their epitaphs.
Included in this bundle are:
- Lesson plans, including Common Core objectives and student friendly objectives
- Information on, and ten interesting examples of, epitaphs
- A preparatory level and GT level assignment sheet (2 separate assignment sheets)
- A preparatory level and GT level rubric (2 separate rubrics in total)
- 1 Pre-writing/brainstorming graphic organizer
- Tombstone graphic for a final draft (can alternately be done on construction paper or poster board.)
Please note that this project is identical to the Julius Caesar Epitaph Project except for the characters, and is included in the Romeo and Juliet/Julius Caesar Epitaph Bundle at a discounted price.
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