Liven up your "Romeo and Juliet" unit with my lecture notes, which can be used to supplement your own material. They present an in-depth analysis of the theme of love, the fate vs. family feud controversy, the major and minor characters, and the structure/plot of this romantic tragedy. The notes may be helpful, for instance, in a brainstorming session or small-group work on whether the young lovers are “star-crossed” or doomed by familial hatred. My detailed synopsis of each viewpoint can be used to fill in aspects or provide examples not mentioned by your students. Additionally, the schematic lecture can easily be adapted as a take-home handout. Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.