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Romeo and Juliet Study Guide

Updated for the new 2013 GCSE specifications

With integrated 'Literary Heritage' notes for every section
Includes original character and scene illustrations


  • Comprehensive notes and tasks throughout to support learning, test knowledge and help with revision
  • Fully cross-referenced to the Assessment Objectives
  • Specific sections to fulfil the requirements of each exam board


  • Quotation activity worksheets for each Act
  • In-depth Shakespeare glossary with examples from the play
  • Sample exam questions for AQA and sample controlled assessment tasks for all exam boards

Know the play
  • Plot overview
  • Character summaries
  • Analysis of major characters
Know more
  • Themes
  • Historical and social contexts
  • Language, imagery, symbolism and structure
Know what to write
  • Assessment Objectives in pupil-speak
  • Foundation and Higher sample exam questions
  • Sample controlled assessment tasks
  • Sample answers and important planned-out answers

This guide adheres to the requirements of the new specifications for GCSE Literature. The summary grid below indicates which units allow for the study of this text and the methods of assessment.

  English Literature English Language English
AQA Unit 3: The Significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage Unit 4: Section A — Shakespeare Unit 3a: Understanding spoken & written texts and writing creatively — Part A (extended reading) Unit 3a: Understanding creative texts (literary reading)
Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment.
Edexcel Unit 3: Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama   Unit 2: The Writer's Craft Section B: Reading (prose)
Optional text for controlled assessment. One of three Shakespeare texts prescribed for an exam.
OCR Unit 1: Literary Heritage Linked Texts: Shakespeare and Film/Audio Unit 1: Extended Literary Text and Imaginative Writing Unit 1: Reading Literary Texts — prose
One of four Shakespeare texts prescribed for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment.* Optional text for controlled assessment.*
WJEC Unit 3: Literary Heritage Drama and Poetry Unit 3: Literary reading & creative writing: studying written language: extended literary text Unit 3: English in the world of the imagination — reading (Literary Heritage poetry and Shakespeare)
Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment. Optional text for controlled assessment.

*For OCR Language and English, centres can either choose from the prescribed texts (Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar) or they can choose their own text.

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (3686)
'The resource is written to match the specification and so achieves this well. I thought it was very clear and comprehensive. It covers all exam boards well and provides child friendly learning objectives. I particularly liked the example exam/controlled condition questions. I also liked how it fits into both areas of the AQA specification in detail.' R Boardman, Examiner, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'Very good... A thorough, detailed resource, giving overview and detailed notes on plot and characterisation. I liked the balance between study guide and opportunities for independent learning. At the end of the resource, the focus on each exam. board's specific requirements for Controlled Assessment is particularly good in interpreting each of the specifications. The detailed, thorough notes facilitate in depth knowledge and understanding of the play — a necessary part of each specification in preparation for assessment.' E Hewitt, HoD and Independent Reviewer
'I thought that it was fantastic, a really comprehensive look at the whole play. I think this will definitely enhance learning. I can envisage that it will be useful with a variety of abilities. I feel that it supports a really through overview of the play which is exactly what is needed for this unit.' C Kelly, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'A good resource that links the text very effectively to the different exam boards. Very clearly set out and accessible for teachers. I particularly liked the quotation banks at the end of the notes on each Act which will be a useful revision resource. Also the exam questions and exemplar answers were good with links to the demands of the different boards. The resource will help students acquire a really good basic understanding of the text and have a good overview of it. The character sections and thematic sections were particularly useful for students. This matches the demands of the new syllabus very well and is directed towards both the exam syllabus and the controlled assessments.' C Webb, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'I thought the resource was well thought-out, offering an appropriate amount of specification focused guidance. I liked the open-ended nature of the discussion points at the end of each section and the range of focus they displayed. I liked that in some cases the scene was split into sections for study to anable students greater focus if needed. I liked also that the Literary Heritage references came at the end of the Act so that students have the chance to understand the action without being influenced by a 'bolt-on' set of information about the social and historical context. I feel it allows students to conduct detailed analysis of the play section by section. The resource easily lends itself to expert and home group study where the questions can help inform discussion in groups to feed back the rest of the class.' E Willshaw, Subject Leader for English and Independent Reviewer

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