This resource pack explores the first meeting of Romeo and Juliet. The notion of "love at first sight" is discussed; the scene is set in context and students move on to looking in detail at the religious imagery used by Romeo and Juliet in Act 1, Scene 5. The sonnet form is then introduced. Students investigate Shakespeare's use of this form at this point and then progress to identifying other sonnets in the play.

The lesson meets National Curriculum requirements for EN1 (Speaking and listening) and EN2 (Reading). It can be used as an early introductory activity focusing on the first stages of Romeo and Juliet's relationship, or as a stimulus for a coursework assignment.

The line numbers refer to the following edition:
Cambridge School Shakespeare. Gibson, R. (Ed.). Romeo and Juliet. Cambridge University Press.

Starter activity

Main session part 1

Main session part 2

Main session part 3


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