William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet Escape Room (Breakout EDU)

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Can you help a well-meaning Friar bury the strife of two feuding households before a pair of star-crossed lovers meet their tragic end? Mercutio swore a plague on both your houses! And this is your chance to uncross the stars and change the fates of two of literature's most storied young lovers. Drive student engagement through the roof with this comprehensive Escape Room simulation in a race against the clock as students use knowledge of the plot, characters, symbols, and events of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" -- arguably the most enduring love story to ever take the stage.

This Escape Room is designed to test your students’ knowledge of Romeo & Juliet in a high-energy end-of-unit collaborative activity, where student groups will race against the clock to help Friar John escape the plague-ridden city of Verona to make a daring rescue of Romeo & Juliet!


There are five different puzzles in this game, all of which can only be unlocked by correctly solving a total of 60 themed clues testing the following concepts:

• Civil Brawl City Patrol - Close Reading Scavenger Hunt (4 clues)

• Two Households - Character ID / Plot (12 clues w/ cipher)

• Verona Film Festival* - Comparing Film Adapdations (16 clues)

• Shakespeare Shield Scramble - Quote Identification (20 clues).

• Timeline Puzzle - Chronology / Symbolism (8 clues w/ cipher)

Please note: this escape room scenario is designed to be compatible with the kit provided by Breakout EDU. Great people, FANTASTIC product, and I cannot say enough good things about how much I love their creativity, innovation, and student-centered classroom approach.

*(Note: To solve the Verona Film Festival, students will need access to internet-enabled electronic devices)

Not ready for a full-class Escape Room? No problem. Teachers can use these same interactive puzzles as stand-alone activities to be completed in small groups across multiple days of the unit! This themed download is FULLY EDITABLE, and contains:

+Step-by-step teacher walk-through of the solutions to all game puzzles. (Included as speaker notes on each page of the Google Slides)

+ Fully customizable Google Slides download contains plug-and-play Escape Room scenario and review game that can be put in place TODAY if your classes have finished reading Romeo & Juliet or watching film adaptations of the play.

(Note: As the puzzles contained in this Escape Room are designed to correspond with the Romeo & Juliet play, students will need access to a printed copy of the play which they are welcome to use throughout the activity).

If you already own a Breakout EDU kit, this scenario can be implemented immediately. Don't own a Breakout EDU kit? Don't worry! The download walks you through how to create your own electronic escape room *for free* simply by printing the puzzles and replacing the keyed locks with puzzle-specific passwords (or Google Forms). A ready-made Google Form with all electronic locks is included in the download!

High energy, visually stunning, and fully immersive -- this is a class escape room done right. Driven by student collaboration, competition, and communication skills: it's unit-ending activity that your classes will NEVER forget.

- John


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Total Pages
34 Google Slides
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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