This unit is designed to teach William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

I built this unit for a 9th grade class during my MAT student teaching. Our class used a graphic novel version of Romeo and Juliet published by Classical Comics. The graphic novel provided a large support for much of the text, allowing students to connect visually to the actions of the play. My cooperating teacher also had the Teacher Resource Pack for this graphic novel. When referencing specific summaries of Acts or other worksheets, this is the pack to which I am referring. I would recommend both the graphic novel and resource pack to any educator. However, if you are looking to develop your educator supplies, I would highly recommend the resource pack.

Prezi for Romeo and Juliet Unit: Click Here

Character Development Ideas
During my student teaching, my academic coach requested that I share some of my ideas in my school district's Literacy Across the Curriculum Share Fair. I focused on ways to develop characters in a low technology classroom. The above link describes ways in which my 9th grade students experienced and developed their understandings of the complex characters from Romeo and Juliet.

Unit Plan:

Lesson One: Introduction to William Shakespeare

Lesson Two: Character Tour

Lesson Three: Reading Act One

Lesson Four: Working with Act One

Lesson Five: Reviewing Act One, Starting Act Two

Lesson Six: Reading Act Two, Continued

Lesson Seven: Reviewing Act Two, Starting Act Three

Lesson Eight: Continuing Act Three

Lesson Nine: Completing Act Three, Review

Lesson Ten: Act Four

Lesson Eleven: Reading Act Five

Lesson Twelve: Review for Unit Test

Character Card Lesson Resources
The Character Card Lesson required the building of cards large enough to read while standing at a desk. Below are PDF print outs of the materials needed for the character cards. I suggest that educators use color coordinated double size construction paper sheets to build the character cards. The colors are as follows:
  • Red: Capulet House
  • Blue: Montague House
  • Green: Royalty
  • Brown: Friars

Character Card Print Outs:

Image Print Outs for All Character Cards: The images for the character cards come from various adaptations of Romeo and Juliet. Educators should verify the image prior to adhering to a specific card. (Adaptations: Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' West Side Story, Baz Luhrmann's 1996 verison)