Before we begin reading Romeo and Juliet, I used this as a way to familiarize students with characters and their connections to one another. It worked beautifully! Throughout reading the play, they referenced what they had learned about that character during the masquerade. The day before we did this activity, we created masquerade ball masks and discussed that a masquerade was. I purchased masks and sequins from a craft store, but there are free templates online you can use and have students color those and hole punch with string to wear. Students are assigned a character from the play (I doubled up characters so there was more than one Romeo, Juliet, etc.) They have to meet 8 different characters from the play. I gave them about 25 minutes to go around and meet others. After that, we added any characters they did not meet to the back of their worksheets. We discussed and made predictions! So fun!