This lesson prompts and supports students in beginning to identify the varying character perspectives about love -- and its importance, or lack thereof, in marriage.
The lesson includes a flexible stand-alone skills review of drawing inferences about characters based on their speech. This stand-alone handout can be used as a "Do Now" to start this lesson sequence, or it can be inserted into any other lesson sequence throughout the school year.
Students are prompted to identify direction quotations from the text, draw inferences, and synthesize an understanding of the differences between characters through the use of visual notes. Students are also supported throughout the process of close reading a text, considering ELs potential unfamiliarity with the English language.
These materials can easily be used with the whole class or activities can be divided based on student ability level: one group can work on Capulet and Paris, while a second group with higher language capabilities can work on the activities for Benvolio and Romeo.
Students are prompted to communicate their interpretation by writing an analysis paragraph about two of the four characters. This can serve as a formative assessment leading to a more involved summative essay assessment later in the unit.
Academic language is bolded in the text and can be assessed ongoingly throughout the unit.