Lesson Plan

Reading Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet 9th Grade

This is how I am going about the reading of the play in my 9th grade English classroom without the use of paper or text book.
Jeff N.
Classroom teacher
Copper Canyon High School
Glendale, AZ
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to understand archaic language used within a drama, and discover evidence within the text to support textual analysis.

English Language Arts
reading comprehension
text analysis
using supporting evidence
Grades 9
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1 Hook

Use this app for bell work with a journal prompt related to the upcoming reading within the play. Always students to use prior knowledge and apply it to their response. Also, the prompt is selected to be used as an attention grabber, getting the students motivated for the reading of the text.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Conversing

Within a whole class discussion, recapping the events of the scene that was read the day before. This is used to refresh the students memory of what was read and prepares them for today's reading.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Reading

I have converted each scene within each act of the play, from an online text version to a PowerPoint format. I then upload the PowerPoint to the Nearpod application. Throughout the reading, I add in text-based question for the students to answer on the spot, to check for comprehension. Due to the fact I can see the submissions instantly, I can give reflective feedback for those students who seem to have trouble comprehending what was read.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Assessing

This is done through the use of the Nearpod application, following the reading of each scene. It consists of multiple choice and short answer essay questions.

5 Wrap-Up

As an exit ticket, I as the students to respond to the same questions, which is related to the overall summative assessment of the unit: Has your inference as to who can be blamed for causing Romeo and Juliet changed after the reading of the current scene? They have to explain why it has or has not changed based on what was read.