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Romeo and Juliet GCSE – Scheme of work (Acts 1-3)

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98-slide Powerpoint featuring lessons, resources, key themes and more

Key Stage



Years 10-11


This Romeo and Juliet GCSE PowerPoint file is a complete unit of work, including lessons, resources, key themes, characters and context.

Each lesson starts with a ‘Do It Now’ task (often related to Tier 2 vocabulary or quotation/context retention). Most also end on a ‘Big Question’ discussion.

In the first third of the scheme, there are ‘Writing Workshop’ activities that break down the basic skills of analytical writing and paragraph structure.

There are also occasional ‘Terminology Focus’ and ‘Historical Context’ slides. These are embedded throughout so that they are always relevant to a particular scene.

Prologue activity

You’ll be given a number between 1-14. Annotate that line in detail, zooming in on key words and considering what we learn about the play’s plot. Be ready to feed back ideas in five minutes.

Questions to answer:

  • Where is the play set?
  • What historic problem has gone on beforehand?
  • What do we learn about the future fate of the couple?
  • The final three lines discuss what?

Romeo and Juliet GCSE PowerPoint

Context slides included on:

  • Shakespearean sonnet
  • Chorus in classical Greek tragedy
  • Globe Theatre
  • Petrarchan Lover
  • Daughters and marriage
  • Wet nurses

Other slides include:

  • Drama activity – reinventing the prologue
  • Writing workshop – analytical paragraph structure
  • Language focus – metaphorial imagery
  • Sex and violence
  • First impressions of Romeo
  • Comparing Tybalt to Benvolio
  • And lots more

Tom Briars is an English teacher from Devon. Browse more Romeo and Juliet KS3 and KS4 resources.

Romeo and Juliet GCSE scheme of work
Romeo and Juliet GCSE – Scheme of work (Acts 1-3)

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