Romeo & Juliet Close Reading & Annotating Worksheet (Act 2, Scene 2)

This editable close reading exercise features 12 text-dependent, higher-order questions, helping students improve reading comprehension of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet (Act 2, Scene 2) with emphasis on the introductory soliloquies. By engaging in this exercise, students will make their engagement with text visible through annotations, read to identify what the text says explicitly and implicitly, apply literary devices, and interpret figurative expressions. An answer key with sample annotations is included.

More specifically, this item covers the following:

  • Interpreting metaphorical expressions: “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? / It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!”
  • Interpreting metaphorical expressions: “Arise, fair son, and kill the envious moon.”
  • Interpreting metaphorical expressions: “…the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief / That thou her maid art far more fair than she”
  • Interpreting metaphorical expressions: “Her vestal livery is but sick and green, / And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.”
  • Understanding and applying literary devices (internal conflict): “Her eye discourses; I will answer it. / I am too bold; ’tis not to me she speaks.”
  • Interpreting metaphorical expressions: “Two of the fairest stars in all of heaven, / Having some business, do entreat her eyes / To twinkle in their spheres till they return.”
  • Interpreting fanciful language: “airy region.”
  • Understanding and applying literary devices (dramatic irony).
  • Identifying textual evidence in support of a claim: Juliet has strong romantic feelings for Romeo.
  • Investigating a question and identifying textual evidence: the central conflict that jeopardizes the relationship between Romeo and Juliet.
  • Discerning meaning: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose…”
  • Understanding and applying literary devices (dynamic character).
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Created: Jan 10, 2019

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