This lesson enables students to gain a detailed understanding of the opening scene in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Students learn to make sustained and developed inferences and interpretations in relation to both characters and plot. Students also produce a family tree to demonstrate the relationships between the characters, using colourful and interesting images and resources.
The lesson utilises a range of tasks, that require students to be attentive and interactive learners. It follows this learning journey:
- Defining the key term 'feud' and apply this understanding to a range of contexts;
- Reading and interpreting the prologue and Act 1 Scene 1, and establishing how Shakespeare sets the scene in Verona;
- Reflecting upon why this may/ what effect this may have had on audiences at the time;
- Making detailed inferences/ interpretations into clues about characterisation and social structure;
- Analysing Shakespeare's intentions in including such an energetic scene at the outset of the play;
- 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 family tree template and character list;
- 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.