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Romeo and Juliet: Overview

Year 9 English : Language [VCELA] Literature [VCELT] Literacy [VCELY]

Source: The reconciliation of the Montagues and the Capulets over the dead bodies of Romeo and Juliet (Leighton, 1855)

Level 1 resource"The characters of Romeo and Juliet have been depicted in literature, music, dance, and theatre. The appeal of the young hero and heroine — whose families, the Montagues and the Capulets, respectively, are implacable enemies — is such that they have become, in the popular imagination, the representative type of star-crossed lovers." (Britannica, n.d.)
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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

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Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities

Enduring Understandings

Shakespeare is still studied due to the universal nature of his central concerns.

Essential Questions

Why is Shakespeare still relevant today? How can we adapt his work for our time?

Romeo and Juliet | Overview: Keywords

Level 1Keywords
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Apothecary, Banish, DuelFeud, Kinsmen, Lammas, MorrowStar-crossed, Tragedy

Romeo and Juliet | Overview: Study Guides

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Level 2 resourceFilm and videoNote: Because of the way in which Digital Theatre Plus authenticates off campus access first login to Digital Theatre Plus before using this direct link. For details see

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Romeo and Juliet | Overview: Online resources

Level 2 resourceWeb sites

Romeo and Juliet | Overview: Easy Reads

Level 1 resourceTo view the eBooks off campus follow the link. If prompted, sign in with your School mConnect user name and password.

Romeo and Juliet | Overview: Audiobooks

Level 1Audio booksDon't forget to use your OverDrive Sora app to download and listen to these audiobooks offline. See the Kerferd Library Sora help page for details. These Sora audio books can be reserved by teachers for book assignments.

Romeo and Juliet | Overview: Curriculum Alignment

Content: Reading and Viewing
  • Language: Text structure and organisation - Understand that authors innovate with text structures and language for specific purposes and effects (VCELA429) Compare and contrast the use of cohesive devices in texts, focusing on how they serve to signpost ideas, to make connections and to build semantic associations between ideas (VCELA430)
  • Language: Expressing and developing ideas - Analyse and explain the use of symbols, icons and myth in still and moving images and how these augment meaning (VCELA431) Identify how vocabulary choices contribute to specificity, abstraction and stylistic effectiveness (VCELA432) Show details Explain how authors creatively use the structures of sentences and clauses for particular effects (VCELA433)
  • Language: Phonics and word knowledge - Understand how spelling is used creatively in texts for particular effects (VCELA434)
  • Literature: Literature and context - Interpret and compare how representations of people and culture in literary texts are drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts (VCELT435)
  • Literature: Responding to literature - Present an argument about a literary text based on initial impressions and subsequent analysis of the whole text (VCELT436) Explore and reflect on personal understanding of the world and significant human experience gained from interpreting various representations of life matters in texts (VCELT437)
  • Literature: Examining literature - Analyse texts from familiar and unfamiliar contexts, and discuss and evaluate their content and the appeal of an individual author’s literary style (VCELT438) Analyse text structures and language features of literary texts, and make relevant comparisons with other texts (VCELT439) Show details Interpret and analyse language choices, including sentence patterns, dialogue, imagery and other language features, in short stories, literary essays and plays (VCELT440)
  • Literacy: Texts in context - Analyse how the construction and interpretation of texts, including media texts, can be influenced by cultural perspectives and other texts (VCELY441) Literacy: Interpreting, analysing, evaluating - Analyse and evaluate how authors combine language and visual choices to present information, opinions and perspectives in different texts (VCELY442) Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse texts, comparing and evaluating representations of an event, issue, situation or character in different texts (VCELY443) Apply an expanding vocabulary to read increasingly complex texts with fluency and comprehension (VCELY444)
Content: Writing
  • Literature: Creating literature - Experiment with the ways that language features, image and sound can be adapted in literary texts (VCELT447) Create literary texts, including hybrid texts, that innovate on aspects of other texts, including through the use of parody, allusion and appropriation (VCELT448)
  • Literacy: Creating texts - Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (VCELY449) Review and edit students’ own and others’ texts to improve clarity and control over content, organisation, paragraphing, sentence structure, vocabulary and audio/visual features (VCELY450) Publishing texts using a range of software, including word processing programs, flexibly and imaginatively (VCELY451)
Content: Speaking and Listening
  • Literature: Responding to literature - Reflect on, discuss and explore notions of literary value and how and why such notions vary according to context (VCELT454)
  • Literacy: Interacting with others - Listen to spoken texts constructed for different purposes and analyse how language features in these texts position listeners to respond in particular ways, and consider the interaction skills used to present and discuss ideas, or to influence and engage audiences through persuasive language, varied voice tone, pitch and pace (VCELY455) Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for aesthetic and playful purposes (VCELY456)
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