“For never was a story of more woe;
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
Truly one of the most significant works of literature ever written in any language, “Romeo and Juliet” is one of Shakespeare’s most influential and enduring plays. So, we’ll be diving into it full force. Shakespeare's command of the English language is part prose, part poetry, part music and part word-play. So, have fun with it. You'll be better for the experience. I promise.
Here are the handouts for our “Romeo & Juliet” unit. If you have any questions, make sure you talk to Mr. DeMiero in class, PASS or at lunch.
- R&J Checklist 2017
- Here are the updated checklist requirements
- Personal Academic Goal Statement
- Check out and take care of your book
- Read, listen to and view "Romeo & Juliet" taking notes (study guide)
- Attend a live performance
- Complete the family tree chart
- Participate in a group performance
- Complete the Character Analysis Chart for your character
- Prepare, rehearse and perform your assigned scene
- Submit a performance review/reflection (Google Doc)
- View a film adaptation
- Complete the "Romeo & Juliet" final project
- Submit the "Romeo & Juliet" reflection survey (Google Form)
- Here are the updated checklist requirements
- R&J Family Tree (E9H)
- R&J Group Performance Expectations 2017
- R&J Final 2017 (To be posted on Canvas)
Here are some great resources to help you dig deep into this wonderful play. By the way, if you find any that you think are helpful please post the link in the comments section below. Several of these links have come from student suggestions.
- Here's a great resource for you, too – an online version of the play exactly like our book!
- No Fear Shakespeare (Spark Notes): This is a wonderful resource that translates the play into modern English. If you read it online, there are additional notes embedded that are revealed with a mouse hover. Pretty sweet.
- So, if you think Shakespeare sounds a little funny in the 21st century, you should know that it sounded quite different than we think it did. Take a listen (and a look) at this: Shakespeare Original Pronunciation
- “Young love, old divisions” Don’t think there are modern-day R&J stories out there? This is one. Or how about this? "Romeo and Juliet-style tragedy leaves young woman dead." Here's another – In Iraq, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Portrays Montague and Capulet as Shiite and Sunni - NYTimes.com and this one, too: “Tragic Romeo & Juliet offers Bosnia hope”; or what about a version of the story from Rosaline’s perspective: You Weren't Supposed To Be Mine; and here’s an unsuccessful attempt to ban the video: Parents' challenge to film at school fails, but policies reviewed
- “Boy, 13, shot to death in East Oakland” Here’s a terribly tragic story. While the similarities aren’t exact, there are definitely some R&J motifs at work here, too.
- Want to download the entire play into your phone, Kindle, iPad or iPod in text form? There are several ways to do it and several good, free e-text readers out there. Once you figure out what you want to do, here’s the link to the free e-text version of the play: Romeo & Juliet
- This is an absolutely wonderful reference to the play called the Navigator. You’ll definitely find it useful, plus it also has Arthur Brooke’s “Romeus and Juliet” – the source poem first published in 1562 (before Shakespeare was born). It’s an epic poem and you’ll find that Shakespeare followed it closely.
- We may watch Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the play, so here are some links that will help you better enjoy the film.
- Finally, here's some silliness to lighten things up a bit…
Audio: “Romeo & Juliet”
In order to help you better engage with the play, here are some audio files you may want to listen to here or on your iPod or similar device. They’re broken down into small files for you, too.
• Act 1 Scene 1: A Street in Verona
• Act 1 Scene 1: (Prince) Rebellious Subjects
• Act 1 Scene 1: (Montague) Who set this ancient quarrel
• Act 1 Scene 2: A Street
• Act 1 Scene 3: A room in Capulet's villa
• Act 1 Scene 3: (Nurse) Even or odd
• Act 1 Scene 4: A street outside Capulet's
• Act 1 Scene 4: (Mercutio) O then I see Queen Mab
• Act 1 Scene 5: The Great Hall in Capulet's villa
• Act 1 Scene 5: (Capulet) Welcome, Gentlemen!
• Act 1 Scene 5: (Romeo) If I profane with my
• Act 2 Chorus
• Act 2 Scene 1: Outside Capulet's villa
• Act 2 Scene 2: (Romeo) Outside Capulet's villa
• Act 2 Scene 3: Outside Friar Lawrence's cell
• Act 2 Scene 4: A street in Verona
• Act 2 Scene 4: (Nurse) I pray you sir
• Act 2 Scene 5: Capulet's villa
• Act 2 Scene 6: Friar Lawrence's cell
• Act 3 Scene 1: Verona
• Act 3 Scene 1: (Prince) Where are the vile beginners…
• Act 3 Scene 2: Juliet's bedroom
• Act 3 Scene 2: (Juliet) Shall I speak ill of him…
• Act 3 Scene 3: Friar Lawrence's cell
• Act 3 Scene 3: (Romeo) 'tis torture, and not mercy
• Act 3 Scene 3: (Friar Lawrence) Hold thy desperate hand!
• Act 3 Scene 4: Capulet's villa
• Act 3 Scene 5: Juliet's bedroom
• Act 3 Scene 5: (Lady Capulet) Ho, daughter, are you up?
• Act 3 Scene 5: (Capulet) When the sun sets…
• Act 3 Scene 5: (Juliet) O God! O Nurse…
• Act 4 Scene 1: Friar Lawrence's cell
• Act 4 Scene 1: (Friar Lawrence) Hold then, go home, be merry…
• Act 4 Scene 2: Capulet's villa
• Act 4 Scene 3: Juliet's villa
• Act 4 Scene 4: A room in Capulet's villa
• Act 4 Scene 5: Juliet's bedroom
• Act 4 Scene 5: (Friar Lawrence) Come, is the bride ready…
• Act 5 Scene 1: A street in Mantua
• Act 5 Scene 1: (Apothecary) Who calls so loud
• Act 5 Scene 2: Friar Lawrence's cell
• Act 5 Scene 3: A churchyard outside the Capulet's tomb
• Act 5 Scene 3: At the Capulet's tomb
• Act 5 Scene 3: (Romeo) How oft when men are…
• Act 5 Scene 3: (Friar Lawrence) Saint Francis be my speed!
• Act 5 Scene 3: (Prince) What misadventure is so early up