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Tragic Love: Introducing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Tragic Love: Introducing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Heather Barto Wiley

Greensboro, North Carolina


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






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Story Map

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.


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  • Review a summary of Romeo and Juliet. You can use this basic summary and additional information to enhance students' understanding of the play.

  • Set up the computer and projector for showing a PowerPoint presentation.

  • Preview the Tragic Love: An Introduction to Romeo and Juliet PowerPoint Presentation and plan how you will use the notes and other resources to elaborate on the presentation.

  • Prepare copies of necessary handouts.

  • Test the Story Map interactive on student computers. Ensure that you have the proper Flash plug-ins installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

  • (Optional) Print copies of news articles about a recent tragedy to use as an example to stimulate further discussion.

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