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Unit Overview: Romeo and Juliet

Lessons:

20 lessons

The lovers meet

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.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 32m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Transcript

The Wedding Scene

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.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 33m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Transcript

Juliet's Soliloquy

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.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 29m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Transcript

Banishment

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.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 24m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Transcript

Lord Capulet and the Patriarchy

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.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 27m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Transcript

The Friar's plan

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.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 22m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Transcript

Juliet's 'Death'

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.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 22m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Transcript

The Lovers' Tragic End

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.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 34m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Transcript

The Reconciliation

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?

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 27m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Transcript

Love and conflict

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.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 27m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Transcript