Romeo and Juliet


  • Love at First Sonnet: Romeo and Juliet Meet | Shakespeare Uncovered

    Use this video to look at how the lovers begin "talking in sonnets" when they meet and how their language of martyrdom predicts their tragic love affair. This lesson is best used during or after a reading of Act I, Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet. Using video, text, graphic organizers, and text-dependent discussion questions, students will learn how the shared sonnet provides both an introduction to Romeo and Juliet's love story and a road map for the tragedy to come.

    Grades: 8-10
  • The Balcony Scene | Shakespeare Uncovered

    This video from Shakespeare Uncovered explores the famous balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. Students will examine the dialogue, learn what it really means, and decide which character is driving the scene — and the play — forward.

    Grades: 8-10
  • Romeo and Juliet with Joseph Fiennes | Shakespeare Uncovered

    Joseph Fiennes has a unique perspective on Romeo and Juliet, having played William Shakespeare, and Shakespeare as Romeo, in the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love (1998). In this episode of Shakespeare Uncovered, the actor examines why Romeo and Juliet remains the most frequently performed of all of Shakespeare's plays.

    Grades: 8-13+
  • The Deaths of Romeo and Juliet | Shakespeare Uncovered

    In this lesson from Shakespeare Uncovered dive deeper into the "if only" moments that result in the suicides of Romeo and Juliet. This lesson is best used during or after reading Act V, Scene 3 of Romeo and Juliet. Using video, text, graphic organizers, and text-dependent discussion questions, students will examine the language used during the young lovers' death scene and consider the role of fate in their deaths.

    Grades: 8-10
  • The Inspiration for Romeo and Juliet | Shakespeare Uncovered

    In this lesson from Shakespeare Uncovered, learn about the Arthur Brooke poem that inspired William Shakespeare to write Romeo and Juliet. This lesson is best used during or after a reading of Romeo and Juliet. Using video, text, graphic organizers, and text-dependent discussion questions, students will see Globe Theatre actors perform scenes from the Brooke poem to help them understand Shakespeare's creative inspiration.

    Grades: 8-10
  • Mercutio: Comedic Relief and Dramatic Death | Shakespeare Uncovered

    Use these videos from Shakespeare Uncovered to explore the character of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. This activity is best used during or after a reading of Romeo and Juliet. Using video, text, graphic organizers, and text-dependent discussion questions, students will learn about Mercutio's role as a comedic foil to Romeo and how his death marks a turning point in the play.

    Grades: 8-10
  • Romeo and Juliet: Teens Act It Out

    Use these videos to show how modern teenagers can practice and connect with the language of Romeo and Juliet in this lesson from Folger Shakespeare Library and Shakespeare Uncovered. This lesson is best used before a reading of Romeo and Juliet. Using video, text, graphic organizers and text-dependent discussion questions, use these teaching tips from the Folger Shakespeare Library to get teens acting out Shakespeare.

    Grades: 6-12

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