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Romeo and Juliet Pre-Reading Activity

March 17, 2018 6 min read

Before beginning any unit, we always like to find a way to get students excited about the text we’ll be reading. In the past, we’ve done what we call “Five Words” (students are given 5 words and asked to write a sentence using those five words about what the story will be about), we’ve also done “Popcorn Predictions” (students are given various sentences from the text – one sentence per student – and they “pop” around the classroom, sharing their sentences with others to come up with predictions). For my Romeo and Juliet unit, however, I wanted to do something that was a little bit more controversial – to get them really excited for the themes and events that were to unfold in the play …

So, I did a post-it note activity.
A fun and FREE pre-reading activity for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet! 5 thought-provoking questions that focus on the mains themes from the play - these will be sure to get your students excited and engaged!

I hung up five posters around the room that had relatively controversial questions on them. From “Do you believe in love at first sight?” to “Can loyalty ever go too far?” to get students really thinking about themes we would soon be encountering in the play.

Each student was asked to take out 5 post-it notes (they have their own in our class, but you could easily pass out post-its to your kids), and walk around the room to respond to the questions, leaving their answer on a post-it where the question was.

After all students had written their answers, I then walked around to each question, reading off some of the responses and then opening it up to the class to share and debate their viewpoints. It was really exciting and interesting! Especially the “Do you believe in love at first sight?” question – one of my boys had an incredibly insightful response, touching on the idea of lust vs. love and what truly qualifies as love. Needless to say, I was really happy with the end result.

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  • Jennifer E Abrams February 5, 2019 at 11:32 am

    For some reason, when I “click here”, fill in my information and click to send it, it stays stuck on that screen FOR.EV.ER. Any chance I can have it sent to my email?
    I will sign up for your mailing list–I just can’t seem to get the link to work!

    • Caitlin February 5, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Jennifer!

      I just went ahead and manually added you in to receive the resource. You’ll receive an email from us first to confirm your email address and then it will be on its way to you! So sorry for the issue … looks like we have some kinks to figure out.

      Thank you!

  • Parwez April 7, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Hi. I tried to fill in my details but I get a response stating “TypeError: Failed to fetch”

    I am very interested in being able to use the resource and was wondering if you wouldn’t mind emailing it at :

    Your help would be much appreciated.

    Thank you,

    • Caitlin April 14, 2019 at 10:13 am

      Hi Parwez,

      I went ahead an automatically added you into the form, so please be on the lookout for an email to confirm your email address and then you’ll receive the link to grab the resource. So sorry about that!


  • Siobhan April 18, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I sent a request but haven’t received a code yet. Can you sign me up?

    • Caitlin April 22, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      Hi there!

      It looks like an email was sent to you – you just need to confirm your email address first (this is in that email). Then you’ll receive the download. I’d suggest checking your trash/spam folder!


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