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lesson 14
1 hour

Juliet and Friar Laurence: Character development


Students read Act 4.1, lines 44­–88, in which Juliet tells Friar Laurence that she will kill herself to avoid marrying Paris, and Friar Laurence suggests a plan to save Juliet from the marriage. Students analyze how Shakespeare develops Juliet’s character through her interactions with Friar Laurence. Students also view a clip of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet in which Juliet quarrels with her parents because she does not want to marry Paris.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.



From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 9 ELA Module 1, Unit 3, Lesson 14. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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