Assignments for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

 

1. Translate/re-write a page of Shakespeare into your own words.

 

2. Do a set design for a scene of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

 

3. Look up 5 words that you do not recognize in a dictionary from Romeo and Juliet. Provide the dictionary definition, then use each word in a sentence.

 

4. Persuasive Paragraph Writing: "Do you think dreams are real?"

 

5. Personal Reflection on Romeo and Juliet (2 Paragraphs): Do you think there is such a thing a love at first sight?

 

6. Persuasive Paragraph Writing: "Are names important?"

 

7. Write a personal letter (two paragraphs). Pretend you are doing one of the following:

 

       Romeo writing for advice from Friar Lawrence

       Friar Lawrence offering advice to Romeo

       Juliet writing to her nurse for advice

       The nurse writing Juliet to advise her

       You applying for a job as Juliet's nurse

       Romeo asking Old Capulet for his daughter's hand in marriage.

 

8. Do a character study of the following characters in chart form:

NAME

BACKGROUND

POSITIVE

NEGATIVE

Romeo

 

 

 

Juliet

 

 

 

Old Man Capulet

 

 

 

Tybalt

 

 

 

Mercutio

 

 

 

Nurse

 

 

 

Friar Lawrence

 

 

 

 

 

9. Reflection on Romeo and Juliet: "When, if ever, is it justified to disobey your parents?" (2 Paragraphs)

 

10. "What is courage? Do you think Juliet is courageous? Why or why not? (2 Paragraphs)

 

11. Do a movie review of the 1968 Zeffirelli version and the 1996 DiCaprio version. What did you like about each movie? What did you dislike about each movie? What was left out in each version? What was added to each version? Which of the two did you enjoy most, and why was it better than the other cinematic interpretation of Shakespeare's play? How would you rate each movie on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best)?


12. Read the complete play, Romeo and Juliet. Watch the 1968 Zeffirelli version, then watch the modern version starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Fill in the following chart:

 

 

The Play

Movie 1968 Version

Movie Modern Version

Similarities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Differences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Likes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dislikes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. MAJOR ASSIGNMENT -- Write a 5 paragraph essay on the following question:

 

 

Was the love between Romeo and Juliet "true love"?

 

 


Before you begin writing, fill out the following essay writing template to help you organize your thoughts in proper essay writing format:

 

Introductory paragraph & thesis

 

 

List your three reasons

 

THESIS: The love between Romeo and Juliet was/was not (circle one) true love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First premise/reason that supports your thesis

 

 

Give examples of why

The love between Romeo and Juliet was/was not (circle one) true love because...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second premise/reason that supports your thesis.

 

 

Give examples of why

The love between Romeo and Juliet was/was not (circle one) true love because...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third premise/reason that supports your thesis

 

 

Give examples of why

The love between Romeo and Juliet was/was not (circle one) true love because...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concluding paragraph:

 

Restate all three points and tie them back to your thesis

 

Discuss why what you have written about true love is informative.

In conclusion,