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lesson 17
1 hour

Who is Responsible for Juliet's Death?


Students read Act 5.3, lines 139–170, in which Juliet wakes up, learns from Friar Laurence about Romeo’s death, and then kills herself with Romeo’s dagger. Throughout their reading, students explore a central idea of fate before participating in an assessed discussion on the following prompt: Who or what is responsible for Juliet’s death? Students assess their own contributions to the discussion and complete an Exit Slip that asks them to compare their ideas before and after the discussion and analyze the arguments and evidence that changed or confirmed their thinking.


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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 17. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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