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Romeo and Juliet: Writing and Essay Prompts

Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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19 pages
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This writing packet has 15 writing prompts that address Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. I have included these questions in two formats; one is editable, and one is in pdf. You will be able to add these to whatever online learning platform you use.

The questions are laid out with an attractive background that older students will appreciate. Writing space is provided for students. You should be able to print (as many as needed!) and teach.

I have also included the writing prompts in an editable .doc. Plug these into a test, quiz, or extension activity.

An answer key is not included, but a rubric is. You will see the rubric in this file's preview.

When I teach Romeo and Juliet, I do not use every one of these writing prompts. The variety allows for differentiation, student choice, and options for make-up work. Sometimes I post these essay questions around the room and let students rotate and make comments. These writing prompts should be diverse enough for many needs.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.


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