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Shakespeare's

Romeo and Juliet

Pre-Raph 2

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A guide to teaching the most famous love story in literature, based on material built up over many years of teaching the play to high school students.

 

The Study Programme has a mixture of notes, task sheets and worksheets of varying levels of difficulty, all designed to make the teacher's life easier and the play more accessible to students without compromising on academic standards.

 

 

 

Contents

 

 

 

Teaching Guide

 

Study Programme

 

 

Introduction

3

Introduction

2

 

The Question of Suicide

4

Some Useful Background

3

 

Teaching Approach

5

Introducing the Characters

4

 

On Film and Stage

6

Shakespeare's Stage

5

 

The Story behind the Play

8

From Old English to Modern English

6

 

Plot Summary

9

Keep a Log

9

 

Initial Quiz Basic Facts

10

Initial Quiz: basic facts

10

 

Scene-by-scene Commentary

11

Conflict Task Sheet

11

 

Conflict Task Sheet Answers

25

Understanding the Play Task Sheets

12

 

Understanding the Play Answer Guide

26

Structure

16

 

Structure

34

Setting

18

 

Dramatic Irony; Motifs

37

Language of the Play

19

 

Treatment of Time

39

Characterisation

23

 

Setting

41

Themes

25

 

The Language of the Play

43

Worksheets

 

 

Imagery Worksheet Answers

47

Study Record

27

 

Character and Language

51

Time

28

 

Characterisation: Romeo

56

Poetry and Prose

29

 

Characterisation: Juliet

58

Contrast, Antithesis and Paradox

30

 

Characterisation 3

61

Imagery

33

 

Themes an approach

67

Character and Language: Romeo

39

 

Themes Some Thoughts

68

Character and Language: Juliet

41

 

Close Reading Exercise

74

Character and Language 3

43

 

Revision Test

76

Attitudes to Love

45

 

Revision Quiz

78

Chance or Choice

46

 

Quiz Answers

80

Quotations Quiz

47

 

Bibliography

81

Figures of Speech Quiz

48

 

 

 

Appendix: Structure Worksheets

49

 

 

 

Appendix: Character and Language Quotations

51

 

CD Extras: Explanation of opening scene puns; essay topics; literary terms glossary; revision worksheet balcony scene; critical comments; 'Tragic Design'; annotated script.

 

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