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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Sequence of Learning
English Year 10
Understanding of plot, settings, characters, themes, symbolism, literary techniques and contexts relevant to Shakespearean plays.
General Capability Language Literacy Literature
Strand, sub strand and  Understand that Standard Australian English  Analyse and evaluate how people,  Compare and evaluate a range of
level descriptions or in its spoken and written forms has a history cultures, places, events…and representations of individuals and
Curriculum Content concepts are represented in texts…
of evolution and change and continues to groups in different historical, social
Code and Description
evolve (ACELA1563) (ACELY1749) and cultural contexts (ACELT1639)
 Understand how language can have inclusive  Use…voice and language  Analyse and explain how text
and exclusive social effects and can conventions to present a point of structures, language features and visual
empower and disempower People view on a subject, speaking clearly, features of texts and the context in
(ACELA1564) coherently and with effect, using which texts are experienced may
 Understand how people’s evaluations of logic, imagery and rhetorical devices influence audience
texts are influenced by their value systems.. to engage audiences (ACELY1813) response(ACELT1641)
(ACELA1565)  Plan, rehearse and deliver  Evaluate the social, moral and ethical
 Analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of a presentations…( ACELY1751) positions represented in texts
wide range of sentence and clause  Review, edit and refine…own text… (ACELT1812)
structures…(ACELA1569) to achieve particular purpose and  Create literary texts with a sustained
 Refine vocab choices to discriminate effect (ACELY1757) ‘voice’, selecting and adapting
between shades of meaning, with intent to appropriate text structures and literary
influence audience (ACELA15771) devices…(ACELT1815)
 Spelling (ACELA1573)
Who is to blame for Romeo and Juliet’s death?
Essential Question:
Learning Goal: Week 1: Week 2: Week 3:
- Students will comprehend the - Students will understand the Characters in - Students will define the various types of
Shakespearean language used and be Romeo and Juliet and character love as identified in Romeo and Juliet.
able to summarise the feelings between representations.
Romeo and Juliet when the first meet. - Students will analyse and evaluate the
- Students will be able to justify the actions of various language techniques and literary
- Students will be able to determine the Characters in Romeo and Juliet (Act 1, devices used in Romeo and Juliet.
issues surrounding law and order not Scene 5).
being followed in Verona. - Students will develop an understanding
of various themes in Romeo and Juliet
Learning overview: Work through the “Romeo Meets Juliet” PowerPoint. Review Questions to show understanding of Act 1. Review Questions to show understanding of Act 2.
- Students will analyse Act 1 scene 5 and Reflective plot and character overview Defining Love PowerPoint.
research meaning of key words and - What the play is about in a nutshell - What is love? – understanding the various
phrases. - Who are the three main sets of characters? types and representations of love.
- How does Romeo feel about being a - Why is the play set in Italy? - Identifying examples of various types of
Capulet? - Why is the play so special? love in Romeo and Juliet.
- What do Romeo and Juliet learn in the - How do the characters in Romeo and Juliet
scene? Work through the Romeo and Juliet Character feel about love?
- Students will summarise the scene. PowerPoint. (Students to make relevant notes). - Aspects of love.
Analysis of language (ACELT1639) Work through Love and Language PowerPoint.
Analysis of Act 2 scene 2 (balcony scene) (ACELY1813) (ACELT1641)
Work through Law and Order in Verona.pptx Make links between characters. (ACELY1749) - Linking literary devices to text.
(ACELT1639) Analysis of Mercutio’s character –analysing the scene on - Review various types of figurative
- What does law and order mean? the way to the party. language.
- Who is the Prince? - Understanding foreshadowing. - Themes and language techniques.
- Symbolism - Evaluating Romeo and Mercutio’s actions - Love – metaphors – examples from text.
- School Law and Order analogy. Analysis of Act 2 Scene 4 - Love – onomatopoeias – examples from
- Where is law and order in the play? - Mecutio twisting Benvolio’s words text.
- Read script of Prince – analysis questions. - Mecutio ridiculing Tybalt’s fighting skills by - Love – List of Three – examples from text.
Watch a cartoon version of the Act One fight scene. likening them to music. - Love – similes – examples from text.
Fight scene analysis - Mecutio being rude about the Nurse’s - Love - repetition – examples from text.
appearance and using bawdy language. - Love – Alliteration – examples from text.
- Mecutio being bawdy about what he thinks - Love – personification – examples from
Romeo has been up to all night. text.
- Mecutio ridiculing Romeo for being in love. - Love – Rhetorical questions – examples
from text.
Justify Romeo and Juliet’s actions in Act 1 scene 5. - Love – Antonyms – examples from text.
- Define what it means to justify. - Love – Hyperbole – examples from text.
- Examples of justification. - Love – foreshadowing – examples from
- What a news clip on Maria Sevilla and look at text.
both sides of the story. (ACELT1812) - Brief introduction to fate.
- Apply new learning to Romeo and Juliet in Act - Imagery – pure/noble love.
1 Scene 5. - Other literary techniques used in Romeo
and Juliet (Soliloquy, allusion, foil,
innuendo, double entendre, Oxymoron).
- Defining a monologue.
Literary terminology quiz.
Literary terminology examples and effects.
Begin working through Themes in Romeo and Juliet
PowerPoint. (ACELT1639) (ACELT1812)
-Themes - Love/Hate - Fate
- Youth/Parents - Loyalty
- Death - Struggle
- Day/Night - Light /Dark
The Forcefulness of love
Love as the cause of Violence
The Individual versus society.
Love and Struggle
Love Changes Everything
- Analyse Romeo’s attitude toward various
characters, before and after he meet Juliet.
- Look for examples in the plot that are
altered by the changes in Romeo and Juliet
– list event- what happens- “I” think and
proof (evidence from text).

Romeo and Juliet: Answer questions on Complete review Work though the Complete review Note take relevant
Activities: Language analysis questions. justification PowerPoint.
Act One Fight scene. questions on Act 2 information from
Scene 2. slides 1-12 in the
Balcony Scene analysis. Character table. Watch clip on Maria Sevilla
Themes in Romeo and
and complete table
Analyse Mecutio’s presenting both sides of the
Identify who and how Juliet PowerPoint.
character. argument in the story. characters love.
Complete the Love
Identify the characters Complete Changes everything
present in the scene using terminology quiz worksheet.
one to give reasons for their
actions. Find examples of Extension Task:
various literary
devices within the With a major theme
text listing example being love we have to
and effect. acknowledge how
Shakespeare puts forth
the consequences of

- Is it
preferable to
base a
marriage on
the grounds of
or finance,
rather than

Resources: 1. Romeo meet 1. Review question

1. Law and Order in 1. Review 1. Justification.pptx. 1. Themes in Romeo
Juliet.pptx sheet.
Verona.pptx Questions.pptx and Juliet.pptx
2. Language 2. Defining Love.
analysis worksheet. 2. Act One Fight Scene 2. Plot and Character
pptx 2. Love Changes
Worksheet. worksheet.
3. Balcony
3. Aspects of Love Everything worksheet.
scene worksheet 3. Romeo and Juliet Worksheet.
Character.pptx 3. Romantic Love
4. Love and (Extension task).
4. Romeo and Juliet Language.pptx
character chart.
5. Literary
5. Mecutio worksheet. terminology quiz.
6. Taking the mick 6. Example and effect

Evidence of Summary of Act One Completed activities Complete review Completed table giving Completed review Completed and submitted
Understanding: Scene 5. and questions in questions. arguments for both sides questions. Love Changes Everything
[List the products that PowerPoint. of Maria Sevilla’s story. worksheet.
students make or Completed and submitted Construct a family tree of Completed and
processes performed that questions from Completed and both the Capulets and For those doing the
will show students’ PowerPoint slides. submitted Act One fight Montagues.
A chosen character from submitted Aspects of extension task.
understanding of the Scene Worksheet. Act 1 Scene 5 – look at love worksheet.
targeted outcomes from Completed and submitted Complete Mercutio their actions and justify Completed 2 paragraphs
doing the activities] Language analysis worksheets. the reason for the action Completed and arguing that it is
worksheet. in this part of the play. submitted Literary important that young
terminology quiz. people follow their hearts
Completed and submitted Completed graphic and marry who they love
Balcony scene worksheet. organiser – decision Completed Example with a justification.
wheel. and effect worksheet.
Completed 2 paragraphs
arguing that love is fickle
Paragraph writing – and easily transforms,
justifying characters and not the ideal grounds
reason for actions. upon which to base a
marriage with a
Learning Goal: Week 4: Week 5: Week 6:
- Students will develop an understanding - Students will plan and develop their - Students will construct their draft
of the various themes in Romeo and assessment monologue monologue.
Juliet with a focus on the theme of Fate.

- Students will understand cause and

effect with a view to developing an
opinion on who is to blame for the

- Students will build on their

understanding of a monologue and begin
planning their monologue
Learning Overview: Students to download assessment task and read Assessment planning Assessment planning
- They should start thinking about the
character they are going to choose for their
monologue and start documenting who you
are going to blame and reasons.
- Can blame up to 2 people or a person and
an event or circumstances or construct.
- Create a planning document to collate
Thinking about the theme of Violence in the play
complete the worksheets on Violence and Conflict in
Romeo and Juliet.
- Describe Mercutio’s death
- What are the consequences for the killings?
- Who is most to blame for the killings?

Work through slides 9-11 in the Themes in Romeo

and Juliet PowerPoint.
Thinking Point – parents and Issues of trust.
Look at the theme of Fate in slides 12-22.
- Choices – key crossroad moments in the
play. Examine the choices that Juliet has to
 Social norms vs personal
 Effect on the story at the time
and effect on others.
 Effects later on in story and
effect on others.
 The alternative – what other
decisions could Juliet have
 Effect on story at the time and
effect on Juliet and others.
 Effect later in story and what
things may have changed.
Work through Monologue PowerPoint.
- What is a monologue
- Analyse Syndromes monologue from The
- Analyse Elizabeth’s monologue from
Pirates of the Caribbean”
- Look at Character – Audience- Setting-
Ingredients of a dramatic monologue.
- 5 elements
 Stage directions
 Repetition
 Imagery and metaphor.
 Pause and silence
 Changes of tone (attitude).

Complete Violent Watch Syndrome Assessment planning Assessment planning Assessment planning Assessment planning
scenes in Romeo and and Elizabeth’s
Juliet worksheet monologues.
answering the Analyse where the 5
questions. elements of a
monologue are
Read the thinking point evidenced in the
for parents and issues monologues.
of trust and complete
the task associated
Complete the mini
with the question – Is
monologue planning
Shakespeare putting
forward the case,
sheet in response to
through the disastrous Merutio’s
example of the two monologue from
‘substitue’ parents, Romeo and Juliet.
Nurse and Friar
Laurence, that such Choose either
parents may not be Romeo or Juliet –
trusted? read the activity
sheet with who they
Complete the blame for their
Crossroads task sheet deaths. – Construct
to examine if Juliet a practice
decisions and the
monologue from
consequences are of
either of these two
her own making or is
someone else more
culpable? explaining why you
are blaming the
character outlined.
Give evidence.
1. Monologue.pptx
Resources: 1. Themes in
Romeo and Juliet.pptx 2. Mini Monologue
2. Violent scenes in planning sheet.
Romeo and Juliet
worksheet. 3. Mercutio’s
Monologue sheet.
3. Parents and Issus of
trust worksheet. 4. Monologue scenario
4. Crossroads activity sheet.
Evidence of Completed Violent Completed Mini .
Understanding: themes worksheet. monologue planning
[List the products that sheet in response to
students make or Completed Parents and Mercutio’s
processes performed that issues of trust worksheet.
will show students’ Write 2 paragraphs
understanding of the arguing that Shakespeare
targeted outcomes from is warning his audience Practice draft
doing the activities] against young people monologue from
trusting their parents in either Romeo or
matters of marriage. Juliet’s perspective
Justify. on who they blame
for their deaths.
Write 2 paragraphs
arguing that Shakespeare
shows us that ‘substitute’
parents are opportunistic
–guide us to making
decisions about love and
marriage but cannot be
trusted - Justify

Completed Crossroads