Overview: My unit will cover the play Romeo and Juliet. Four of the five lessons I have written will serve as bookend activities to actually reading the play (i.e. two introductory lessons and two closure lessons), and one will be done while the class is actively reading the play. If I were to actually teach this unit, there would obviously more lessons that comprised the actual reading of the play. But I chose to focus on creating lessons that dealt with the overall clarification and relevance of the play because those are the two things that I think will be most difficult to teach about Shakespeare. The two opening lessons I have written will (Direct Instruction and Concept Development) will serve as introductory activities to help familiarize the students with the dramatic structure and to help make the play seem more relevant to them. The third lesson (Inquiry) will be done while the class is reading the play and is designed to give them a way to actively read and interact with the play. The final two lessons (Cooperative Learning and Cause-Effect Method) will be used to ensure that the students have grasped the play; the Cause-Effect Lesson will also serve as the student’s prewriting activity for their final writing assignment. I planned the activities and lessons in this unit with a block (one hour, 30 minute) class period in mind.