This editable 11-question close reading resource helps students derive deeper meaning from Act 1, Scene 5, 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, define unfamiliar vocabulary in context, and more. An answer key is included. More specifically, this resource covers the following:
Citing textual evidence in support of claims: "O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!"
Applying literary devices: simile.
Applying literary devices: situational irony.
Interpreting unfamiliar phrases: "an antic face."
Defining unfamiliar vocabulary in context: fleer.
Analyzing character motivations: Tybalt’s desire to see Romeo dead.
Discerning the significance of textual details: Lord Capulet’s comment that "I would not for the wealth of all this town / Here in my house do him disparagement."
Applying literary devices: foreshadowing.
Analyzing author’s choices: the use of metaphor to indicate the intensity of Romeo and Juliet’s feelings toward each other.
Applying literary devices: onomatopoeia.
Analyzing author’s choices: the use of paradoxical language to indicate a theme relating to love.
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.