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Year 9: 'Romeo and Juliet': Pre-assessment Prep

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Paul Hanson

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Transcript of Year 9: 'Romeo and Juliet': Pre-assessment Prep

'Romeo and Juliet'
by William Shakespeare

Pre-assessment Prep

Foci: AO1, AO2 and AO3.
Assessment Objectives
Act One Scene One
AO1: Points of Conflict
AO2: Language and Structure
Shakespeare uses:
minor sentences
questions and answers
rhetorical questions
word choice
AO3: Contextual Factors
Shakespeare presents Tybalt as the villain of the piece from the very start of the play: '
What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds?
' The use of the
(question) challenges Benvolio's manhood and honour, both important elements to a man's character during the period. The
alliterative metaphor
heartless hinds
' suggests that the servants fighting are cowardly ('
'), unmanly and ungentlemanly ('
' are female deer). Tybalt is insinuating that Benvolio is equally so or else he wouldn't be '
drawn among
' them. The
aspirated alliteration
of '
heartless hinds
' also conveys Tybalt's breathlessness; he is itching for a fight. As this is the first thing that Tybalt says, the audience immediately understands him to be an aggressive and villainous character. This is made all the more obvious given that Benvolio seeks to defuse the situation with the
I do but keep the peace
'. Shakespeare use of
here marks Benvolio out to be the peacemaker, whilst Tybalt is the troublemaker. Such contrasting presenting easily shapes the audience's dislike of Tybalt for the later acts.
What does AO1 assess?
And, AO2?
Finally, AO3?
Question: how does Shakespeare present conflict in this extract?
Model Answer: Characterisation
We learn to:
times were violent
honour was important
men had little respect for women
Homework Test
On your whiteboard, write one full quotation that you have learned off Memrise.

Be prepared to explain what it means.
Sampson and Gregory's banter
The exchange with Abraham
The entrances of Benvolio and Tybalt
The riot
What do we learn about the time in which the play was written?
AO3: Contextual Facotrs
Green Pen Self-assessment
Self-assess your response:
meaning and evidence (AO1)
language and structure (AO2)
contextual factors (AO3)
AO1: meaning and evidence.
AO2: language and structure.
AO3: contextual factors.
AO1: Points of Conflict
Make sure that you annotate the points of conflict as we read the handout.
AO2: Language and Structure
Working with your shoulder partner, identify specific features of language and structure that Shakespeare uses to present the conflict in this extract.
Writing Task
Question: how does Shakespeare present conflict in this extract?
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