Grade 9 ELA Module 1, Unit 3, Lesson 5


In this lesson, students will begin a close reading analysis of Romeo and Juliet’s first encounter at the Capulet Ball (1.5.92–109). Students will focus on Romeo’s initial overture to Juliet in lines 1.5.92–95. Slowing down the pace and unpacking Romeo’s first four lines will enable students to construct the complex foundational understanding necessary for their continued engagement with this multifaceted extended metaphor. In Lesson 6, students will continue their analysis of this excerpt as they explore how Juliet’s response shapes the dialogue that follows, and what this increasingly intricate interaction might reveal about these two complex characters.

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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.9-10.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over...
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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