Romeo and Juliet


Teaching Activities

Romeo and Juliet Acting Summary

This is a fast paced and fun activity designed to introduce students to the plot summary of Romeo and Juliet and involve them in basic acting skills.  They act out a plot summary of the play without having to speak any of the lines.

The Death of Tybalt

An activity in which the students act out the scene where Tybalt is killed.  Two versions are available – one in which the action takes place without dialogue, and the other where limited dialogue that is quick and easy to memorize has been added.

Romeo and Juliet Plot Diagram

An easy to understand chart that makes clear the relationships of the characters in the play.  This a good handout to give to all students to help keep the people in the play clear and at their fingertips.

Romeo and Juliet Layup Lines

This is a quick, easy, and interactive activity that gets students involved with Shakespeare’s language in a fun and interesting way – they act out lines as if they were in basketball layup lines.

Tableaux Vivants

Students get in groups and act out scenes or smaller sections of the text.  Each actor selects only one line from the text selection that he/she feels is the most important and they are frozen in interpretative positions before and after they speak.  It is also fun to take pictures of the scenes and print them out and make into a collage.

Reading Shakespeare Variations

Seven different techniques are presented to help your students become comfortable with reading and understand the language of Shakespeare.   The opening Chorus speech is used as an example.

Finger Fencing

This is an exciting, fun, and SAFE way to introduce your students to the combat scenes in Shakespeare.

Edited Acting Script for Act 1, Scene 1

Here is a ready made script for 1.1 – assign your roles and watch the kids have fun bringing Shakespeare to life.

Edited Acting Script for Act 3, Scene 1

Here is a ready made script for 1.1 – assign your roles and watch the kids have fun bringing Shakespeare to life.

If you have any questions about these activities, or you would like additional activities for Romeo and Juliet or other Shakespeare plays, contact Tom Delise at info@theshakespearefactory.com
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