This editable 8-question close reading and annotating resource helps students derive deeper meaning from William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. This worksheet features Juliet’s soliloquy from Act 4, Scene 3, with an emphasis on her fears over following through on her plan to reunite with Romeo. By engaging in this exercise, students will determine the purpose of the passage and support their claim with textual evidence, analyze character motivations and development, examine figurative language to discern meaning, communicate ideas clearly and coherently through writing, and make their engagement with the text more visible via annotations. A detailed answer key is included.
This resource aligns well to Adolescent Literacy Project teaching principles. I recommend using these worksheets as the basis for small-group discussions, letting students discuss, debate, and support their reasoning for answer choices. In the role of facilitator, I observe my students becoming more consistently engaged with the novel and taking greater ownership of their learning.
In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to read complex texts, this resource was designed to prepare students for ACT-style questioning.
Materials are delivered in Word Document, Google Document, and PDF formats.