This editable 8-question close reading resource helps students derive deeper meaning from Act 1, Scene 4, of Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. By engaging in this exercise, students will read to identify what the text says explicitly and implicitly, apply literary devices, analyze character, interpret figurative expressions, isolate accurate statements from inaccurate ones, and more. An answer key is included. More specifically, this resource covers the following:
Identifying puns: heavy/light; soles/soul; sore/soar.
Analyzing character: Mercutio’s mocking attitude.
Interpreting uncommon phrases: "Betake him to his legs."
Interpreting uncommon phrases: "We burn daylight."
Applying literary devices: allusion (Queen Mab).
Analyzing character: Mercutio’s active imagination.
Understanding character intent: what Mercutio wants Romeo to know about dreams.
Citing evidence in support of claims: “My mind misgives some consequence, yet hanging in the stars…” as an example of foreshadowing.
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.