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Romeo and Juliet activities KS3 – Analytical writing

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Years 9-11


This Romeo and Juliet activities KS3 resource involves watching Romeo + Juliet (1996) before looking closely at the text.

The second part of the scheme of work has students thinking carefully about how they write analytically about Shakespeare and develops their essay-writing skills.

Romeo and Juliet activities KS3

The download contains 16 lessons that can be used across four weeks of learning. In order to complete this unit successfully, pupils should be able to draw on their experience of:

  • Drama and stagecraft; Shakespearean Drama
  • The writer’s craft; how language and structure shape messages, ideas and themes
  • Literary techniques and dramatic techniques
  • Analytical writing

Lessons included

  • 1-2 – the prologue
  • 3-4 – the plot
  • 5-6 – meeting Romeo
  • 7-8 – meeting Juliet
  • 9-10 – the Capulet ball
  • 11-12 – the balcony scene
  • 13-14 – writing about the balcony scene
  • 15-16 – unpacking an essay question

APP assessment focuses

This unit of work aims to address all the assessment focuses for reading below. In bold are the assessment focuses which this unit is built around and on which students’ final assessed piece of work will be judged.

AF1 use a range of strategies, including accurate decoding of text, to read for meaning

AF2 understand, describe, select or retrieve information, events or ideas from texts and use quotation and reference to text

AF3 deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from texts

AF4 identify and comment on the structure and organisation of texts, including grammatical and presentational features at text level

AF5 explain and comment on writers’ uses of language, including grammatical and literary features at word and sentence level

AF6 identify and comment on writers’ purposes and viewpoints and the overall effect of the text on the reader

AF7 relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts and literary tradition

Dan Ingman is an English teacher and lead practitioner at Mulberry School for Girls, East London, and coordinator of the Fetch Me a Pen academic writing project for Tower Hamlets schools. You can find more of his resources on his TES page, and follow him on Twitter at @IngmanDan. Browse more Romeo and Juliet KS3 resources.

Romeo and Juliet activities KS3
Romeo and Juliet activities KS3 – Analytical writing

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