In this lesson, we will be introduced to the play 'Romeo and Juliet' and we will begin to explore the central themes within this text. Our focus for the lesson will be engaging closely with the opening of the play, starting with the Prologue.
In this lesson, we will start to explore Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet. We will focus on the methods that Shakespeare uses to establish conflict right at the start of the play.
In this lesson, we will explore the characterisation of Romeo. We will investigate his initial appearance on stage and consider the methods used by Shakespeare to present him to the audience.
In this lesson, we will explore the contextual concept of courtly love. Using Romeo's early speeches in the play, we will evaluate the extent to which Romeo could be considered a typical courtly lover.
In this lesson, we will explore the characterisation of Juliet. We will explore her first appearance on stage and consider the methods used by Shakespeare to present her to the audience.
In this lesson, we will explore the meeting of the two lovers: Romeo and Juliet. We will consider how Shakespeare uses imagery in order to emphasise the strong passionate feelings of love that are expressed by the 'star-crossed' pair.
In this lesson, we will tackle the famous 'balcony scene'. We will read Act 2, Scene 2 and explore the presentation of our two protagonists as they continue to develop their relationship.
In this lesson, we will continue to explore the famous 'balcony scene'. This time we will focus on the ways in which Shakespeare employs and manipulates staging in order to help us understand and interpret Romeo and Juliet's relationship.
In this lesson, we will explore the rest of Act 2 and witness the wedding between Romeo and Juliet. We will focus on the methods of foreshadowing and dramatic irony, and the ways in which Shakespeare purposefully creates audience tension in this part of the play.
In this lesson, we will explore the beginning of Act 3 and witness a terrible, violent conflict between our main characters. We will focus on the ways in which Shakespeare emphasises this conflict and how he presents the consequences that it has.
In this lesson, we will be exploring the soliloquy performed by Juliet in Act 3, Scene 2 in detail. Considering Juliet's characterisation across the play, we will unpack and explore the methods used by Shakespeare in this key speech to present the emotional development of her character.
In this lesson, we will explore the presentation of Romeo in Act 3, Scene 3 as well as unpacking his developing characterisation within the play overall. We will focus on the ways in which Shakespeare emphasises the emotional and melodramatic aspects of his nature and why he might do this.
In this lesson, we return to the method of foreshadowing and explore how Shakespeare manipulates this method in Act 3, Scene 5. We will read the scene in detail and consider the intended impact that Shakespeare wishes this dialogue to have on his audience at this point in the play.
In this lesson, we will explore the characterisation of Lord Capulet (Juliet's father) and consider how he reflects social and historical ideas around patriarchy in the Elizabethan period. We will spend some time unpacking the language used in Act 3, Scene 5 and the intended impressions of his character created by Shakespeare.
In this lesson, we will explore the characterisation of Friar Laurence and consider how Shakespeare presents his character to reflect the Elizabethan social and historical context. We will review the Friar's role in the play so far and consider his particular importance in Act 4.
In this lesson, we will explore another extended soliloquy performed by Juliet's character in Act 4, Scene 3. At this stage in the play, we will closely consider the methods that Shakespeare is using to exaggerate and emphasise elements of Juliet's characterisation, and his potential reasons for doing so.
In this lesson, we will explore the theme of fate as it is presented in Act 5, Scene 1. We will look closely at Shakespeare's presentation of this theme, with reference to social and contextual ideas and intended impact on the audience.
In this lesson, we will explore one of the final moments of the play - the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet. We will consider the language used to present the tragic nature of the two 'star-crossed' lovers and comment on the audience's sympathetic response.
In this lesson, we will explore the final part of the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. We will consider the significance of the ending and consider the didactic message of the play. What was Shakespeare's ultimate intention in ending his text in this way?
In this lesson, we will look carefully at the two central themes of Romeo and Juliet: love and conflict. By reviewing the key events of the play, from the Prologue to the final reconciliation, we will further explore Shakespeare's intended impact on the audience and what he wanted them to learn about these enduring themes.
Units in English
- Romeo and Juliet
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- Blood Brothers
- Revisiting: Macbeth
- Revisiting: Romeo and Juliet
- Revisiting: An Inspector Calls
- Revisiting: Blood Brothers
- A Christmas Carol
- Jekyll and Hyde
- AQA Power and Conflict Poetry
- Revisiting: A Christmas Carol
- Revisiting: Jekyll and Hyde
- AQA Love and Relationships Poetry
- Edexcel Conflict Poetry
- Edexcel Time and Place Poetry
- Edexcel Relationships Poetry
- Eduqas Poetry
- OCR Conflict Poetry