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Introduction to Romeo and Juliet


  1. Complete the KWL chart with a partner or group of three
    1. Discuss


  1. read the plot


A boy and a girl, from families that hate each other bitterly, fall in love , but everything goes wrong for them and they kill themselves rather than be parted.



The Montagues and the Capulets are the two chief families of Verona.  For years, they have been enemies in a bitter feud.  Their teenage children, Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, meet by accident at a grand party and fall instantly in love.  They marry in secret, but cannot escape the consequences of their families’ savage quarrel.  Romeo’s best friend Mercutio is killed by Tybalt of the Capulets.  In revenge, Romeo kills Tybalt and is banished from Verona.  Friar Lawrence devises dangerous plans to help Romeo and Juliet live together in happiness, but his schemes go terribly wrong.  Romeo, believing Juliet is dead, kills himself to join her in death.  Juliet finding Romeo dead, also kills herself not wishing to live without him.  Their deaths end the quarrels of the Montagues and Capulets


  1. draw a character map (make predictions)


  1. mime the prologue (in groups of 3-4)


The prologue gives an outline of the play.  Work out your own short play to show all the action described.  One person reads the Prologue aloud, a line at a time.  The others mime what is described in each line.  Be prepared to present your mime to the class tomorrow.



  1. introduce the central issues in the play and discuss the “Social Offenses” sheet


  • romantic love (passion and intensity of feelings
  • adolescent love and impulsivity
  • the older generation versus the younger generation
  • fate (what control does an individual have in the course his/her life takes)
  • feuding/ conflicts (society and politics)
  • love conquers all


Homework :  read “Wherefore Art Thou Palestinian” (page 155)

Write your reaction to this article.  What do you think? Write 3 questions that is raises for you.  If you were going to create a contemporary production of Romeo and Juliet, where would you set your story?  What political or societal conflict or “ancient feud” would you like to bring to the public’s attention. Your homework will be checked tomorrow.