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Romeo and Juliet
Word Play                   Speak the Speech          Renaissance Faire
Verona News              Freshmen Survey          You're the Director!

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WORD PLAY
Trace a word through Romeo and Juliet.  Create a Powerpoint presentation to support your thesis as to the purpose of the repetition.  Use the "Find" tool in your "Edit" menu to search the online script for one or more of the following words:

sun, moon, star, day, night, death/dead,
dark, light, grave, poison, dream

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RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Using your web research skills, create a web page I could consult if I wanted to put on a Renaissance Fair.  This project may be done with a small group.  I would want to know about the following Renaissance customs and/or traditions:

        • costumes
        • food/recipes
        • contests/games
        • crafts
        • famous characters
        • music/dancing
        • social manners
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SPEAK THE SPEECH
Use your computer's Sound Recorder

(Start=>Programs=>Accessories=>Multimedia)
to record a series of monologues and soliloquies from the play and save them as sound files.  Use them to support an online essay or a Powerpoint presentation to support one of the following:
  • Romeo and Juliet's personalities determined their fate.
  • Mercutio and Tybalt both contribute greatly to the disastrous events in the play.
  • The Capulets are far worse parents than the Montagues.
  • Paris is the most tragic figure in this play.
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YOU'RE THE DIRECTOR
Visit the Globe Theatre and then write stage directions for one of the scenes from the play as if you were staging it on the Globe's stage.  For assistance with writing stage directions, see The Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts General Stage Directions page.

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VERONA NEWS
Using the desktop publishing features of Microsoft Word, create a newspaper which chronicles the events of the play.  Include advertisements, entertainment, editorials, sports, and a headline.   Give your newspaper a catchy title.

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FRESHMEN SURVEY
All of the members of the Freshman class read  Romeo and Juliet.  Create a survey which reflects the opinions of at least 100 Freshmen (Ms. Ford will distribute surveys) regarding the play's characters, plot, the adaptations of it, whether or not it should be a part of the standard curriculum and why, favorite characters/lines/scenes, etc.  Report your findings to the class via Powerpoint, flyer, or web page.  For directions on how to conduct a survey, click here.

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PROJECT RUBRIC

PROFESSIONAL

  • product reflects attention to class discussions of the play and careful study of script
  • demonstrates a willingness on the part of the student to understand and explore the intricacies of the play
  • product is spell-checked and/or error-free


PROFICIENT

  • product reflects careful attention to class discussions of the play
  • demonstrates a willingness on the part of the student to fulfill the requirements of the assignment
  • product is spell-checked and/or error-free


RE-DO

  • elements of the product reflect a need for more careful attention to script
OR
  • elements of the product need refining (i.e. spell checking or editing)
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