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Help high school students extend beyond basic plot recall and develop close reading analysis skills with this set of high-order questions covering the prologue of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Delivered in Word Document and PDF formats, this worksheet saves English Language Arts teachers valuable time at home without sacrificing rigor in the classroom. An answer key is provided. 

This resource may serve as the basis for small-group discussions. Through these discussions, students decode language and pose/respond to questions relating to plot, broad topics, and character development, demonstrating an ability to analyze how complex characters transform and advance the plot and themes by applying logic and citing compelling, meaningful textual evidence. They will also evaluate their peers’ reasoning and use of rhetoric to advance claims, clarifying or challenging unclear ideas. Using this resource for structured guidance, students will present information, conclusions, and supporting textual evidence clearly, concisely, and appropriately, thereby helping their peers comprehend their thinking.

By completing this activity, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly and implicitly
  • Define complex words and discern the meaning of phrases in context: “Two households, both alike in dignity…”; “Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean”; “What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend”; and more
  • Explore historical context
  • Analyze the author’s craft
  • Draw logical inferences about the author’s stylistic choices
  • Explore character relationships
  • Write ideas with clarity, accuracy, and precision