Romeo and Juliet





Overview: Students use the escalation archetype to explore the dynamics of violence between the Montagues and the Capulets in the Shakespearean play, Romeo and Juliet.  As members of each group felt threatened by the other, they would retaliate with violence.  This caused members of the other group to feel threatened, thus resulting in even more violence.

ST Concepts & Habits


  • Interdependencies

Habits of a systems thinker:

  • Identifies the circular nature of complex cause and effect relationships

ST Tools

  • Escalation archetype


Employ strategies to comprehend text.

  • Use graphic organizers in order to clarify the meaning of the text.
  • Connect information and events in text to experience and to related text and sources.
  • Apply knowledge of the organizational structures (e.g., (chronological order, compare and contrast, cause and effect relationships, logical order) of text to aid comprehension. 
  • Use reading strategies (e.g., drawing conclusions, determining cause and effect, making inferences, sequencing) to interpret text.

Implemented by: Mike Mann

Submitted by: Anne LaVigne

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