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If you are looking for a way to expose your students to more nonfiction reading and critical analysis, then this activity will do very well, and supplements the study of Shakespeare’s tragedy perfectly.
Students do NOT have to see the 1968 film “Romeo and Juliet”, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, to complete this assignment. It is solely based on Roger Ebert’s review of the movie found at http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/romeo-and-juliet-1968; due to copyright reasons I cannot include the original review in this resource but you as a classroom teacher may make copies for your students. They can also work directly from the website.
The set of ten questions has been designed in two formats - 1 page with just the questions or two pages with the questions and lines for student answers. An answer key is included.
Also included in this resource is an activity designed for students to choose a review of any movie version of the play for which to write their own review.
Please have a look at my informational text resource about the historical background and history of the play:
I also have a full biographical resource about Shakespeare which can be seen here:
Other Shakespeare resources available in my store:
The 5 Days With Shakespeare resource, as well as the Poster Template set and the Was Shakespeare Really Shakespeare unit are available in a bundle sold at a discounted price:
Looking for something for younger students? This is a good informational and student worksheet packet:
I also have several other movie review activities in my store: