These activities focus on the following scenes; Act I Scene I; Act 2 Scene I; Act 2 Scene 2; Act 3 Scene 2. There will be links offered throughout this lesson to various different films that will help deepen the students understanding of the scenes.

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As a recommendation start this Lesson watching the film delivered by Doctor Nick Walton from Shakespeares Birthplace Trust. The film gives students an insight into how the play was performed and will prove useful to reflect as your students explore the exercises.


Further exercises on language to be used with your students in class and at home can be found on the Shakespeare Learning Zone including: key language terms, key scenes with videos and detailed breakdowns of themes and imagery.

Each activity takes students through a different approach to a scene or moment within the play.   

The exercises in this Lesson could take up to 90 minutes. 

  • ACTIVITY 1: Approaches to a key scene: Act 1 Scene 1

  • ACTIVITY 2: Language approaches to Romeo and Juliet: exploring imagery

  • ACTIVITY 3: Approaches to a key scene: Act 2 Scene 2

  • ACTIVITY 4: Approaches to language: Juliet’s two speeches from Act 3 Scene 2

Watch this video to explore Romeo and Juliet's first meeting in Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet, with Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick, who played Romeo and Juliet in the 2018 production, and RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman.


Remember as part of your package you get to book your online workshop just email to book in your slot. 

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