Here’s a collection of journal prompts for the Shakespeare plays that are most commonly taught in high/middle school: King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Twelfth Night. Below is a sample of the prompts I created for Romeo and Juliet.
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ROMEO AND JULIET
1. What is your opinion of “love at first sight”?
2. Have you ever found yourself between two friends who are angry at each other? What happened?
3. How hard is it to keep a secret? Are there circumstances when you think you should break a promise about keeping a secret?
4. Who in the play shows the most courage? Give reasons for your choice?
5. Why or why not should parents have any control over the personal lives of their children?
6. Is suicide ever a justified option? Explain your answer.
7. Who is the truest friend in the play? Explain your answer.
8. Is lying ever justified? Explain your answer.
9. Write Juliet’s or Romeo’s diary entry after the balcony scene.
10. Write a letter that Juliet might have written to her parents to be read if she died from the potion that Friar Lawrence gave her.
11. Write a letter that Juliet might have written to Romeo to be read if she died from the potion that Friar Lawrence gave her.
I’ve always thought that a few soliloquies were missing from Shakespeare’s plays. Perhaps these suggestions will encourage your students to fill in the blanks:
- Nurse while she keeps guard during Romeo’s and Juliet’s wedding night
- Paris before he visits Juliet’s grave
- Romeo as he passes through Verona’s gates into exile
- Juliet after the balcony scene
- Priest after he ‘buries’ Juliet for the first time