This editable 9-question close reading resource helps students derive deeper meaning from Act 1, Scene 2 of Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. By engaging in this exercise, students will apply literary devices, define vocabulary in context, analyze character motivations, isolate accurate statements from inaccurate ones, and more. An answer key is included. More specifically, this resource covers the following:
Defining vocabulary in context: "Montague is bound as well as I…"
Isolating accurate statements: Paris’s desire to receive Capulet’s blessing in asking permission to marry Juliet.
Isolating accurate statements: Capulet’s preference to wait two years before agreeing to marry off his daughter.
Discerning meaning from uncommon phrases: "woo her."
Applying literary devices: situational irony.
Interpreting figurative expressions: "One fire burns out another’s burning."
Applying literary devices: dramatic irony.
Identifying character motivations: why Romeo intends to go to the party.
Interpreting figurative expressions: "I will make thee think thy swan a crow."
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 harder texts, this resource was designed to prepare students for ACT-style questioning.