This activity segment was originally part of our complete Romeo and Juliet unit. Subsequently, we are now separately offering this 40-page bundle consisting of 14 review activities. These assignments are meant to be used either at the conclusion of several acts or at the play’s end in order to holistically review key concepts and literary devices developed by Shakespeare over the course of the play.
I adhere to the basic principal that each lesson should require the students to become engaged in the reading. Therefore, through a variety of graphic organizers, worksheets, and chart fill-ins, students continually practice close reading techniques as they cite evidence from the text to support their answers and opinions. All lessons conclude with a series of questions entitled, “Put it all Together” which helps the students to summarize essential concepts they analyzed during the lesson and offer a personal opinion about the material learned for each particular lesson. Again, I want my students to interact with the text and so every assignment requires the kids to go back and either cite, summarize or analyze textual details. Students must then use the textual evidence they have gathered to draw conclusions, make predictions or inferences, or support thoughtful literary criticism.
At times, I bring up the lessons on a smart-board or LCD projector and let the students copy a sketch of the daily graphic organizer. Other times, with the more intricate designs, I want to photocopy the worksheet for the students so that they may write directly on the assignment. With this in mind, I tried to maintain a balance between the visual appeal of each organizer and the practicality of making photocopies for any lesson.
As with most graphic organizers or handouts, I have used these lessons in a variety of learning environments including: group work, partner or neighbor work or individual practice. Some lessons are extensive and may require more than one class period or can be completed for homework. Each lesson also acts as a great quiz to assess any student’s comprehension for a particular scene of the play. Since there are so many lessons for each act, I often have the students complete some of the basic worksheets independently for homework; this is turn acts as a great review and reinforces the day’s lesson.
There is no answer key for these assignments since it is impossible to assume what any individual teacher would accept as a correct answer. My own acceptance for answers varies greatly depending on the grade level, class level, individual student ability and even what material I decided to focus on during instruction. An answer I would accept from an AP student would vary greatly from an answer I would find acceptable from an inclusion student. Both may have a “right” answer with varying levels of proficiency.
Activities include the following titles:
Overall Play Review
Daily Activities/ Homework Activity Sheets:
• Punishment or pardon?
• Delivering messages
• The many faces of Lord Capulet
• Juliet and her mother
• Maintaining the peace
• Evaluating the importance of dreams
• The Wheel of Fortune (not the gameshow… )
• Analyzing several themes
• Critiquing the various types of love
• A notion about love
• The play’s turning point
• Thematic analysis about impulsivity
• Juliet and the Nurse
• Juliet’s time of need