I love teaching Shakespeare, and I realize it is hard. This prep packet includes...
--an argument for how Shakespeare became so popular and why he endures today.
--five prep activities for giving kids background knowledge and skills to negotiate this play:
------Archaic Vocabulary can be a challenge. Help students master some basic words so that the aren't bogged down by simple archaic vocab, freeing them up to tackle the challenges of metaphor, character, and plot.
------Inverted Syntax can be a challenge. Help students understand what this is and why it happens. These exercises will make your students syntactically nimble.
------Metaphorical Language can be a challenge. Help students develop critical reading skills to read extended metaphors with this lesson which has carefully scaffolding.
------The Sonnet is indispensable from the language of love at the time. There are two important sonnets in the play. Plus the Petrarchan lover is exactly Romeo at the beginning of the play. Prep your students with this lesson.
------Allusion can be a challenge. Help students get to know Cupid and his symbolism.
Included is a student version and a teacher version. Buy this and use it for years to come! It will be your go-to Shakespeare prep packet, and it will be all the rage at the water cooler.