Romeo and Juliet Learning Guide

Page/line numbers are for the HBJ 1987 text of Romeo and Juliet

Task 1:

Read the introduction to the play and respond in your journal to questions #1-6 on pages 2 and 3

Task 2:

Read the Prologue and Act One Scene One

Journal entries
p. 26 #1,2,3

1. Why do you think Shakespeare describes the plot in the Prologue? If you already know what happens, why should you read the play?

2.

3.

 

Character letter
p. 26 #4

4. As a friend. write a letter to Romeo giving him your opinion of what he is doing.

Task 3:

Read Act One Scene Two

Journal entries
p. 36 #1,4,5,6

Task 4:

Read Act One Scene Three

Journal entries
p. 46 #3,4,5,6

Task 5:

Read Act One Scene Four

Journal entries
p. 58 #1,4,5

Task 6:

Read Act One Scene Five

Journal entries
p. 72 #1,3

Article/illustration
p. 72, #4, 5

4. Begin Diary of Romeo or Juliet. Start keeping the diary that either Romeo or Juliet might have kept from the time they met. Keep adding entries as the play progresses.

5. Write a newspaper account of the Capulet ball as it might appear in the morning paper.

Task 7:

Select an emotionally charged speech of about ten lines such as Romeo’s in Scene 1 (lines 183-192) or in scene 5 (lines 44-53). Practise reading the speech so you can make a presentation to the whole class. Consider the following when preparing your delivery:
– vary your pitch and volume
– use pause for effect
– make body language work for you
– breathe as naturally as you can

After you have delivered your speech, discuss with the class what your strong points were and how you could improve your presentation.

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet

Task 8:

Read Act Two, Scene One

Journal entries
p. 84, #1, 4

Character letter
p. 84, #5

Cartoon
p. 84, #3

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet

Task 9:

Read Act Two, Scene Two

Journal entries
p. 98, #1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet

Task 10:

Read Act Two, Scene Three

Journal entries
p. 106, #4

Advice column
p. 106, #3

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 11:

Read Act Two, Scene Four

Journal entries
p. 122, # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 12:

Read Act Two, Scene Five

Journal entries
p. 130, #1, 3, 4

Advice letter
p. 130 #5

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 13:

Read Act Two, Scene Six

Journal entries
p. 136, #1, 3, 4

Act 2 – the whole act

p. 136, #1

Horoscope
p. 137, #3

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 14:

Read Act Three, Scene One

Journal entries
p. 154, #3 1, 2, 3, 7

Article/illustration
p. 154, #4

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 15:

Read Act Three, Scene Two

Journal entries
p. 166, # 2, 6, 7

Note to friend
p. 166, #3

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 16:

Read Act Three, Scene Three

Journal entries
p. 182, # 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 17:

Read Act Three, Scene Four

Journal entries
p. 190, # 5

Opinion letters
p. 190, #2, 6

Advice letter
p. 190, #4

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 18:

Read Act Three, Scene Five

Journal entries
p. 208, #1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8

Strategy letter
p. 209, #9

Act 3 – the whole play

“Wanted”
p. 209, #2

Article/illustration
p. 210, #4

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 19:

Read Act Four, Scene One

Journal entries
p. 222, #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 20:

Read Act Four, Scene Two

Journal entries
p. 230, # 1, 3, 5

Advice letter
p. 230, #5

Article/illustration
p. 230, #4

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 21:

Read Act Four, Scene Three

Journal entries
p. 236, #1

Advice presentation
p. 236, #3

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 22:

Read Act Four, Scenes Four and Five

Journal entries
p. 254, #1, 3, 6
p. 255, #3, 6

Character letter
p. 254, #2

Letter
p. 256, #4

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 23:

Read Act Five, Scene One

Journal entries
p. 266, #1, 2, 4

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 24:

Read Act Five, Scene Two

Journal entries
p. 270, #1, 2, 3

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

Task 25:

Read Act Five, Scene Three

Journal entries
p. 290, # 1, 2, 5, 8

The Whole Play
p. 291-292, #1, 8, 9

Obituary
p. 291, #7

The Whole Play
Article/illustration
p. 291, #2

Make an entry in the diary of Romeo or Juliet.

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