How to Make Romeo and Juliet Easy to Understand and Teach: Scene Summaries and Dialectical Journals

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I whipped that sonnetic quatrain out off the top of my head to show my whining students how easy it is to write a sonnet. It’s one of my many Romeo and Juliet assignments.

I also include it in my 8 Simple Writing Assignments lesson plans. Of course, my students eagerly pointed out that most of the sonnet I wrote is plagiarized and that I would receive an ‘F’.

Luckily, I graduated high school and the copyright on the Prologue to Romeo and Juliet has expired, which is why I can recreate it for this online quiz.

So I’ve given you two Romeo and Juliet assignments and I haven’t even begun. Before we go any further, download these Romeo and Juliet Summary Charts with Dialectical Journal Charts.

The different size boxes on the scene summaries have been aligned to the amount of content in each scene. Here’s an answer key, if you want it.

Romeo and Juliet ChartsHere’s more assignments

  1. Who’s to Blame? Teenagers love to blame. Give them permission. Here’s a writing assignment that goes with it. And a clever blog post.
  2. Irony in Romeo and Juliet. Who likes irony? I like irony. And so does Bill Shakespeare.
  3. Literary Terms Quizzes. These are good practice quizzes for your students.
  4. Here’s another writing assignment. It’s called updating a scene.
  5. Romeo and Juliet family shields. This Romeo and Juliet assignment involves competition and idle threats.
  6. Then there’s the Romeo and Juliet interview lesson plan.

If you need common core standards on the scene summary charts and dialectical journal handouts (above) to impress that special someone, here they are.

  • RL.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • RL.9-10.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
  • RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

Last Updated on May 12, 2017 by Trenton Lorcher

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