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Romeo and Juliet Unit: Text Guide and Discussion Questions

Guide to help students move through Romeo and Juliet. Quotes and discussion questions included.
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William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Act One Act Two Scene One Act Three Scene One Act Four Build a comic strip to summarize each of the scenes from this act.
Include:
Characters
Dialogue Bubbles
Colored Images Act Five Discussion Questions Scene One Introduction to the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues
Introduction to Escalus, Prince of Verona
Introduction of Benvolio
He attempts to break up the fight in this Scene
Introduction of Tybalt who challenges Benvolio
Introduction of Romeo who is deeply in love with Roseline
We will never meet her in this play Scene Two Introduction to Paris, kinsman to Escalus
Paris and Lord Capulet discuss the marriage of Paris and Juliet
Paris is invited to the Capulet feast
Romeo and Benvolio find out about the Capulet feast
Benvolio convinces Romeo to come with him to help him forget his lost love. Scene Three Introduction to Juliet and Nurse, her caretaker
Juliet is told by her mother that she is to marry Paris
Juliet must prepare for the party Scene Four Montague men discuss entering the Capulet feast
Introduction to Mercutio
He talks to Romeo and convinces him to go to the feast.
Mercutio speaks on Queen Mab of the fairies
They begin to enter the Capulet feast, masked. Scene Five The feast is in "full swing"
Masked characters are not married
Romeo and Juliet see one another
Lord Capulet finds out that Romeo is here but does not take action
Romeo and Juliet kiss
The Montague men leave
Juliet thinks of Romeo with Nurse Prologue Chorus introduces the play
Foreshadowing of the ending Why do the Capulets and Montagues dislike one another?
How old is Juliet? (Scene 2)
How does Paris try to convince Capulet that Juliet isn't too young to be married? (Scene 2)
What was wrong with Romeo being at the Capulet feast?
Why did the Montague men leave the feast early? Discussion Quotes If ever you disturb our streets again,

Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.

For this time, all the rest depart away. Escalus page 17 What? Art thou drawn among these heartless hinds?

Turn thee, Benvolio; look upon thy death. Tybalt page 13 My only love sprung from my only hate!

Too early seem unknown and known too late!

Prodigious birth of love it is to me,

That I must love a loathed enemy. Juliet page 51 Prologue Chorus summarizes Act One and prepares the audience for Act Two
Romeo is over his old love
Romeo will struggle to meet his love, Juliet
The audience can see Romeo sneaking in to see Juliet in the Capulet house Romeo is sneaking into the Capulet house
Mercutio mocks Romeo for disappearing in order to find "Rosaline"
We know that Romeo is trying to find Juliet
Benvolio tells Mercutio to stop yelling
The Montague men leave Scene Two Romeo finds Juliet as she is standing on her balcony
Romeo talks about Juliet, but she cannot hear him
Juliet talks about her love for Romeo, Romeo can hear her
Romeo climbs up and "talks" with Juliet
They plan to see one another again and to get married Bird Imagery Falconer Nyas: Hawk that has yet to leave the nest I would I were thy bird.
-Romeo, 2:2 Scene Three Introduction to Friar Laurence
Romeo tells Friar Laurence of his love for Juliet
Friar Laurence chides Romeo for falling in love so quickly
Friar Laurence agrees to help Romeo and Juliet get married
To help settle the dispute of the two houses Scene Four Mercutio and Benvolio are talking with one another about Tybalt's challenge
Mercutio teases Romeo about his new love
Nurse talks to Romeo about Juliet and the marriage
They plan to meet for the marriage Scene Five Nurse and Juliet speak
Juliet is impatient to talk about Romeo
Nurse finally tells Juliet that Romeo wants to meet with him in Friar Laurence's cell Scene Six Romeo waits for Juliet with Friar Laurence
Romeo and Juliet are wed Discussion Questions What excuse does Juliet invent to get out of her house? (Scene 5)
Why is Romeo's description of Juliet as "the sun" a particularly good metaphor? (Scene 2)
Why does Friar Laurence agree to marry Romeo and Juliet? What do you think of his idea? (Scene 2)
How is Tybalt's character developed in Scene 4? Discussion Quotes Juliet O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?

Deny thy father and refuse thy name.

Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,

And I'll no longer be a Capulet. page 56 Friar Laurence Young men's love then lies

Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes. page 65 Friar Laurence page 78 These violent delights have violent ends,

And in their triumph die: like fire and powder,

Which, as they kiss, consume. Discussion Questions What does Mercutio tease Benvolio about? (Scene 1)
Why does Mercutio fight with Tybalt? (Scene 1)
At first, who does Juliet think has been killed when she meets Nurse? (Scene 2)
Explain why Romeo thinks banishment is a punishment worse than death. (Scene 3) Discussion Quotes Mercutio Ask for me to-morrow and

you shall find me a grave man. I am peppered, I

warrant, for this word. A plauge o'both your houses! page 85 Juliet Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day.

It was the nightingale, and not the lark,

That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear. page 108 Nightingale Lark Lord Capulet Wife, we scarce thought us blessed

That God had lent us but this only child,

But now I see this one is one too much

And that we have a curse in having her. page 115 Scene Five Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. The Text Video Trailer Romeo + Juliet, 1996 Do Now Week Twenty-Four, Day One 1.Nearly everyone uses slang, and most knows how to recognize it, but what is it, exactly.
2. Slang according to one professor of language is "one of those things that everybody can recognize and nobody can define." Rules:
Subject and verb agreement
Use of end punctuation: question mark
Use of commas with interrupter Do Now Week Twenty-Four, Day Three 1. Slang often develops so the members of one group can speak among themselves without being understood by outsiders.
2. Vivid words that have come to the language as slang include: fretful, dwindle, glib, and mob. Rules:
Use of conjunction 'so that'
Elimination of colon between verb and object
Use of underlining or italics with words used as words Act II Video Quiz Contemporary
Lego Video Act II, Scene II Video: 1968 Zeffirelli Version Act II, Scene III Video Video, 1978
BBC Version Act I, Scene II West Side Story,
Maria and Tony Meet Do Now: Week 25, Day 1 1. The word theater comes from the Greek word, theatron, which means "a place for seeing.

2. In this sense, the word still refers to a building in which plays are performed. They are seen by the audience. Rules:
Use of underlining or italics with words used as words
Use of underlining or italics with foreign words
Inclusion of closing quotation marks
Combining Sentences Do Now: Week 25, Day 3 1. The proscenium stage designed only to be viewed from the front has a curtain that conceals or reveals the stage.
2. The stage in most high school auditoriums are a proscenium stage. Rules:
Use of commas to set off nonrestrictive participial phrase
Correction of misplaced modifier
Subject and verb agreement Benovlio foreshadows the fight:
"These hot days is the mad blood stirring"
Mercutio and Tybalt verbally begin to fight
Benvolio tries to stop the fighting, but Mercutio is set to fight Tybalt. The fighting begins.
Romeo enters and attempts to stop the fight Mercutio is stabbed by Tybalt
Romeo kills Tybalt
Romeo runs away
Prince Escalus banishes Romeo Scene Two Juliet waits for Romeo to come visit her on their wedding night
Nurse tells Juliet of Tybalt's death and Romeo's part in killing Tybalt
Juliet speaks of her horrible circumstances
Juliet asks Nurse to give Romeo her wedding ring to make him visit her. Scene Three In Friar Laurence's Cell
Friar Laurence tells Romeo that he has been banished by Prince Escalus
Romeo is upset about banishment because it separates him from Juliet
Nurse talks with Romeo
Romeo thinks of committing suicide
Friar Laurence stops him and Nurse gives Romeo Juliet's ring Scene Four Paris is leaving the Capulet house
Lord Capulet apologizes to Paris about not having Juliet ready to marry
The wedding is planned for Thursday, three days from now Morning after Juliet and Romeo's wedding night
Juliet wishes that it was still night, but Romeo reminds her that it is morning
Romeo must escape because he is banished
Close call: Lady Capulet enters after warning from Nurse
Juliet lies about wanting to avenge Tybalt
Juliet and her parents fight over Juliet's wedding
Lord Capulet threatens to throw out Juliet if she does not marry Paris VIDEOS Legos Star Wars Version Act III, Scene I Video, 1974 BBC Scene One Scene Two Scene Three In the outskirts of Mantua
Romeo is thinking of Juliet
Balthasar enters and tells Romeo of Juliet's "death"
Romeo heads to the apothecary
Romeo buys poison from the apothecary Review of the Play to Music Part One Part Two This scene is held in Friar Laurence's cell
Friar John was sent to Mantua with a letter for Romeo about Juliet's "death"
In this scene, Friar John returns the letter because he was unable to deliver it
Friar Laurence realizes the importance of this fact and asks for a crowbar
Friar Laurence plans to race to Juliet's grave to rescue her and keep her until Romeo arrives Final scene of the play
Paris is standing guard over Juliet's grave
Romeo enters and attempts to open the doors to Juliet's tomb
Paris tries to stop him, thinking Romeo is attempting to dishonor the Capulet family tomb
Romeo fights Paris, killing him and then taking him inside the tomb
Romeo sees Juliet, speaks to her, then drinks the poison
Friar Laurence enters just after Romeo dies
Juliet wakes to see Friar Laurence and then Romeo
Friar Laurence leaves because he hears noise outside the tomb
Juliet kills herself because she has lost Romeo
Prince Escalus enters with both Lord Montague and Lord Capulet
They forgive one another and plan to make monuments of each child in gold BBC Version 1968 Version 1996 Version Clip
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