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Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

The balcony scene is one of the most famous moments in ''Romeo and Juliet'', so your students are going to examine it in depth. They will then translate it into modern vernacular language in order to address the tone, themes, and literary devices of the scene.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe the events of the Balcony Scene in Romeo and Juliet, and connect it to the larger plot
  • Explain the tone and literary devices of the Balcony Scene
  • Demonstrate critical analysis of word choice, word meaning and language use in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Length

120-180 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.2

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.B

Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.

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