In this lesson, students read and analyze William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Act 3.1, lines 59–110 (from “Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford” to “I have it, and soundly too. Your houses!”). In this excerpt, a fight breaks out between Mercutio and Tybalt after Tybalt insults Romeo, and Mercutio is killed. Students work in pairs to explore how Shakespeare develops Romeo’s character through his interactions with Tybalt and Mercutio. Prior to reading, students view a clip of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, depicting the marriage of Romeo and Juliet. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How does Shakespeare develop Romeo’s character through his interactions with Tybalt and Mercutio?
For homework, students continue their Accountable Independent Reading (AIR) and write a brief response to the question: “Who is responsible for Mercutio’s death?”