My Romeo and Juliet Unit has been a decade in the making. When I first began teaching Shakespeare, I was scared of getting students out of their seats because I didn’t think they would do it. I didn’t think they could act, or wanted to. Looking back on it now, I see how very wrong I was to try and teach a play with students in their seats. What I have provided here is a three-pronged attack for teaching Shakespeare and teaching him right. I have my Reading Log System that scaffolds every scene, and provides teachers with an Answer Key with EVERY SCENE IN THE PLAY BROKEN DOWN. I have a quiz for every ACT and a Final Exam that correspond exactly with vocabulary and literary terms that are introduced each scene in the Reading Log System. Then there is the Acting Troupe component, where I give you Character Cards students must fill out before acting out their scene that asks them to raise their hand into the air when reciting lines from the text. I also have close-reading handouts, best practices from great teachers, essay ideas, and an introductory lens with which to introduce dialect, which I think is important to urban students, especially when tackling Shakespeare. I’ve been trying to release this unit for over a year now, but I’m a full time teacher, so you know how that goes. Fortunately for you, I teach every day of the week, just like you, so you can rest assured this isn’t some corporate curriculum dreamed up by those far removed from the classroom. I’m a career teacher, I love what I do, and I am all about sharing good strategies with other good teachers.