Romeo and Juliet Monologue/Soliloquy

P.S ELA-2 Reading Analysis: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

A. Evaluate the relevant themes and synthesize how they are present in the novel in oral and written responses.
B. Interpret the implications of setting and circumstance.
C. Analyze the role of characters in the plot in oral and written responses.
D. Analyze important quotations from the text in oral and written responses.E. Annotate the text.


One of the essential assignments for the academic year is the Shakespeare monologue/soliloquy oration.  You will select a monologue or soliloquy from Romeo and Juliet to recite in front of the class.  The selected verse must be a minimum of twenty-five lines.  You may combine two monologues if they are interrupted  by a response or an aside.

A monologue is a long speech delivered from one actor when he or she is alone on stage.
A soliloquy is an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud in a formal speech.

After you select your speech, you will begin to memorize and thoroughly explore your piece in order to understand how your selection ties into the scene, the act, and the play as a whole.  Two people may perform together if they select the balcony scene between Romeo and Juliet.

Include a copy of your selected monologue/soliloquy for the on-book reader.  The on-book reader (me) is the person who will help, if necessary to cue you if you struggle with a part during your recitation.  Use this website for selection ideas for Romeo and Juliet Monologues/Soliloquies

Justification                                                                                             (quiz value)                You will submit a justification on why you selected your monologue or soliloquy.  Include a brief discussion of the character, what has happened in the play at that point, why this speech appealed to you..

The recitation is valued as a performance grade.  You should begin by indicating the selected piece as well as the act and scene which the monologue/soliloquy appears in.  For every word that you miss or add you will be deducted one point from your assessment grade.  If you skip a line you will likewise be deducted five points.  A dramatic emphasis, (dressing in the role of the speaker and sustained accents), will positively influence your assessment.  Yes, this is a challenging assignment!  You must rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.