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One of the best units to teach is Romeo & Juliet – it’s a simple intro to Shakespeare for my 10th graders and it’s really so much fun to tease out the absurdity of it all. My students lose their minds over their age range, their hurry and their mis-steps. My students seem to truly have a preconceived idea that it’s a mushy love tale and I love nothing more than to dispel their ideas.

One of the first activities I really do is a Pre-Reading Graphic Organizer which will make your students debating a few of the topics and styles which come up in the play. The questions on the organizer are thought-provoking and create some fantastic conversations with my students. I have students work on it individually and discuss in small groups before writing with the complete class then. The questions also begin to hint at a few of the conflicts and challenges that the characters will face in the play. Grab a FREE duplicate HERE! I get a kick out of memes and there are some fantastic ones out there for Romeo & Juliet.

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A quick Google search will yield many results – I print them away and put them up around my class room. I bring in the memes as they relate to parts of the play as we are reading – we discuss their meaning, why the meme is effective and then I add it to my collection on my wall structure. My students really got into it this year and started looking on their behalf online too! Why not have students create their own?

I hated doing limitless evaluation questions as a student reading the play in my grade 10 yr. As a teacher I am very away aware of this storage and needed to think of a method for students to react to the text, show their understanding and also provide some creativity. My Romeo & Juliet – Graphic Organizers for ANY Act / Scene allow students to work in pairs, small groups or independently to react to the text.

I don’t use them for each scene but a few used for key moments or moments in the play can be considered a helpful way to monitor pupil learning and pupil understanding. Using these organizers allows students to demonstrate their understanding multiple ways – by doodling, adding quotes, finding figurative language, looking at personality qualities and more! I ask my students to summarize or touch upon each action on a big sticky notice and we add it to an evergrowing wall display.

I make each action a different kind of summary – here’s what I did with this year’s students. I made a header for each Act to post around the room with our sticky notes. I post these around the available room and my students like to read what others have written. It’s a fun visual reminder of our progress through the play as well.

Other ideas for scene or work summaries include having students “Tweet” three responses about a picture, create an Instagram post of an integral event in an act or picture or to distribute a “Snap” with a “Snapchat” template. A quick search online shall produce blank web templates for cultural mass media platforms you can use as leave slips, summaries and more!

Keeping an eye on character types can be tricky for some students and I love to have a visible reminder on the wall of who everyone is and exactly how they connect to each other. I take advantage of a couple of Romeo & Juliet Character Cards which color coded to help students differentiate between your Montagues, the Capulets and neutral characters. I post large ones (phrase wall size) using one of my whiteboards so that we can add details like contacts, character features, and occasions are we’re reading.

The kids love it when I add a gravestone to a personality following the character’s death! I also use small measured character credit cards so that students can complete a character map (usually in an organization). I give students graph paper, glue, sensed pens and the type credit cards and let them figure out how they think all the characters should be structured.

It’s a great and hands on way for students to discuss connections, relationships, character traits and more! 6. Have a great time – laugh -giggle! I must say i try to have fun with everything – it’s hard to consider it all so significantly and I find easily enjoy it so do my students!