If you’re teaching Romeo & Juliet, this resource will save you tons of time!
✅ Romeo & Juliet themes
✅ Essential questions for the play
✅ Literary elements in Romeo & Juliet
⭐ Easy changes, like text pairings (videos, poems, articles, etc.) you can incorporate on a budget
⭐ More difficult changes, like substitutions you could request in the future
❤️ This curated list represents 15+ hours of research. You can use any of these text suggestions as you plan your Romeo & Juliet unit.
❤️ We are not saying that you need to replace every text — we want to continue a dialogue on how to make our curricula more inclusive.
1. 30+ inclusive text suggestions & annotated ideas organized by teaching topic
⭐️ Essential Questions:
- What role does family play in one’s identity?
- What is the continued relevance of Shakespeare?
- To what extent is Romeo & Juliet a critique of romantic love?
- Free Will vs. Fate/Destiny
⭐️ Literary Devices/Techniques:
- Tension & Suspense
⭐️ Suggestions for replacement texts
2. Guide for Rethinking the Classics
- Affirmations for Rethinking the Classics
- How to Audit Your Texts
❤️ This is a living document, meaning that we may update the Google Doc with more resources and ideas. Be sure to bookmark it ❤️
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I’ve purchased a few of the resources from this series, and I’ve been very happy with each one. Thorough research – great ideas that I might not have found on my own. Thank you for all the work you put into these!” -Susan P.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I loved this! I’m all about supplementing major texts with TED Talks, songs, and shorter stories because it helps make the unit more diverse to bring in multiple voices. It was awesome being able to pull from these resources rather than finding everything on my own.” -Alexandra A.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I love having this resource! It takes so much time to find text pairings and this makes it so much easier. I love having the more diverse texts and nonfiction to pair with Romeo and Juliet.” -Linda I.
This resource was co-created by Danielle Hall from @Nouvelle_ELA and Sheila Frye from @TeachingLiteracy.
Your resource is a .pdf with a link to the Google Doc of text suggestions. We’ll announce the publication on our Instagrams, @Nouvelle_ELA and @teachingliteracy.
Please let us know if you have any questions! You can also email me (Danielle) at firstname.lastname@example.org. 🙂
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