Final essay in which students pick one character that is the most to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Requires close analysis of text and using quotes to support their thesis. Five paragraph essay format. Includes peer editing worksheets.
Students who liked to debate (future lawyers!) loved this assignment. As an extra challenge, students could pick a character out of a hat and find reasons why that character was most to blame.
On the day we did peer editing, I paired up students who had picked the same characters. That way, they could build their case and discuss reasons why their character was most to blame.