Grade 9 ELA Module 1, Unit 3, Lesson 1


In this first lesson of the unit, students will build their close reading skills as they work carefully through the fourteen-line prologue of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This lesson serves as the initial exposure to Shakespearean language and the entry point to comprehension of the text. This fluency is crucial to establish early on, as students will be exploring Romeo and Juliet through a series of excerpted close readings. At the end of class, students should be able to navigate the language to derive meaning and complete an open-ended Quick Write that challenges students to begin grappling with the complexity of this iconic text.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as...
RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and...

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