While we are immersed in all things Romeo and Juliet, you will need to complete ten seven (7) points worth of activities.  You will need to complete at least one activity for two different acts, and there are five acts in the play.  You may choose any combination of the activities listed below.  However, one must be completed by May 13th; the second one must be completed by May 27th. If necessary (to total 7 points), the final activity(ies) must be turned in by June 3rd.  These dates are not necessarily days we have class (or school, for that matter).  You may do an activity more than once; however, you must have a variety of activities (at least 3) and you may not do more than one activity per Act (without permission).

We will be working with the text of Romeo and Juliet in class.  You will need to manage your time outside of class to complete these activities.  Some of these activities are independent projects, others require one or more peer partners.  All work will be graded individually.  If you have an idea that is not on this list, please speak to me.

  1. (4) Act out a scene or partial scene (memorize lines, appropriate costumes, props, blocking, etc).  Choose a setting (14th century, Elizabethan England, modern day) and select appropriate costumes and props.  Provide a brief explanation of your choice of setting, costumes, and props.  Perform in an appropriate location (set). –create as a video using your computer or a device that can be converted to Quicktime.  Send to me via email.   See rubric.
  2. (3) Complete a comic life of a scene from Romeo and Juliet –translate into a modern version –your version.  Maintain characterization, mood, and theme.  Be consistent in your use of details throughout the project.  Choose a new, modern setting, convey appropriate clothing, props, etc. Use appropriate dialect.  If you do not create an electronic comic, borrow a camera from the art department and photograph each page of your comic.  Email an electronic components to me and submit any hand copy as well.   See rubric.
  3. (3) Annotate a scene from Romeo and Juliet.  Copy and paste the text of the scene into a google doc.  Create hyperlinks for vocabulary, Shakespearean phrases, cultural references, literary devices, etc.  Also, create hyperlinks for Elizabethan Era costumes for each character in the scene; then create links to appropriate props.  See rubric.
  4. (2) With a partner, write an advice column hosted by Romeo and/or Juliet.  Take turns writing and responding to letters from modern day teenagers.  Request advice on issues that Romeo and Juliet will be qualified to answer.  Be sure your responses are in character and based on the character’s experience in the play.  Use creative signatures (i.e. “grounded in Cleveland”).  Each person must write at least 3 letters AND respond to at least 3 letters.  Pages has several newsletter templates that may work well for this.  Email your final column to me.  See rubric.
  5. (2) Watch the 1968 and 1996 versions of the movie.  Optional: keep a Venn Diagram noting important similarities as well as significant differences between the two versions.  In addition, keep track of any lines that may have been left out of either version.  Consider: which of these versions would be most helpful to a student reading Romeo and Juliet?  Write a 5-paragraph essay persuading me to show one of these versions in class.  Be sure to reference both versions in your essay.  Email you essay to me. See rubric.
  6. (1) With a partner, record yourselves in a dramatic reading of a 2-3 person dialogue in the play (Sampson and Gregory, Romeo and Benvolio, Romeo and Friar Lawrence, Romeo and Juliet, etc).  This does not have to be a complete scene.  However, each person participating (for a grade) should have at least 15 lines.  Email as an audio file (iTunes or PhotoBooth). See rubric.
  7. (1) Everyone has an assigned research topic.  Create a video of your multimedia presentation and email the video to me.  See rubric.
  8. (2) Memorize a monologue from Romeo and Juliet –record your performance in costume w/ appropriate prop(s).  Post to our class blog.  See rubric.
  9. (3) -temporarily not available- Create a director’s promptbook for one scene from the play.  Photocopy one scene or partial scene and annotate it with specific stage directions.  Using the online text, copy and paste into a document.  Use hyperlinks and text boxes to add information to the script. These should include choices for directing sound (emphasis, volume, pacing) and movement (gesture, posture, stance, and blocking). Write 2-3 (hyperlinked) paragraphs (i.e. “A Note to the Actor Playing Romeo”) as if you are the director of a scene. Give general guidelines about the performance of these characters. Actors need themes, or big ideas, to follow—don’t just give them lots of little tasks. Start each paragraph with a topic sentence in which you make a statement about the character’s personality. Then provide supporting details from the text to show why the actor should perform this way. see rubric. Post to our class blog.
  10. (2) Create an abridged script for one act and record your script in a 2 minute video. Create an abridged version of the act by selecting the most important lines from the play.  You are not writing anything new; you are simply cutting out any “irrelevent” lines.  Maintain all significant elements -references to fate, examples of foreshadowing, etc… Video a performance/reading of your version and post it to our blog.  Recruit volunteers to aid you in your performance (or check out this very creative alternative)! Your performance should be under 120 seconds.  See rurbic.
  11. (2) Choose an alternate setting (time period and location) for one act of this story.  Design the costumes and the set to fit the newly designated time period. This could be done in a scrapbook containing set sketches, costume designs, appropriate props, etc. Label the parts of your design for clarity.  Write a paragraph explaining how the change in time period and setting would influence the characters and events in this act.  see rubric. Post to our class blog.
  12. (?) If you have other ideas that are not on this list, let me know!



2 Responses to Activities

  1. dchen dchen says:

    Quick Question
    So the due dates are May 13th for at least one and the 27th for the rest, and we should ignore the dates on the individual items?

  2. sgleason sgleason says:

    Yes! And I will delete those dates now!

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