William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
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For introductory, background and other resources, try Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Age . For links to other plays, try the Shakespeare Main Page.

Romeo and Juliet Digital Booktalk
This short video can serve as a prereading activity.

Romeo and Juliet Family Shields
This lesson takes the family loyalty facet of the play beyond mere coloring family crests into the hallways and cafeteria. The "banished student" is especially intriguing.

Romeo and Juliet Letter Tiles Puzzle
Students rearrange letter tiles to complete famous quotations from the play. Includes answers. Adobe Reader required for access; 2 pages.

Romeo and Juliet License Plates
A fun culminating activity.

Romeo and Juliet Text Messages
This parody by cartoonist Roz Chast was first published in the New Yorker.

Romeo and Juliet Timeline Activity
In this review activity students reconstruct the plot, looking at cause-and-effect relationships. This activity requires each student to have a digital copy of the file, which is available in MS-Word format.

Shakespearean Dating Tips
This TED-ED video (2:25) uses lines from Romeo and Juliet to explore words and phrases credited to Shakespeare and his romantic use of language. Captioned, includes follow-up questions.

Study Guide for Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Scene-by-scene background and analysis, with emphasis on the Zefirelli film version.

Studying Romeo and Juliet for GCSE
Careful analysis of several aspects of the play, and some suggestions for comparing it with A Midsummer Night's Dream . This web page is intended for students who are following the AQA/NEAB GCSE syllabi in English Language (1111/1112) and English literature (1121).

Suggestions for Pairing Contemporary Music and Canonical Literature
A list of songs that were inspired by reading literature. Organized by the last name of the author (e.g. Chinua Achebe, William Butler Yeats), the list includes song title, performer, year of release, and more. The list includes 12 songs inspired by Romeo and Juliet .

A Teacher's Guide to Romeo and Juliet
A nice variety of approaches to the play, including suggestions for avoiding censorship. This 15-page document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.

Vocabulary from Romeo and Juliet :

Words are presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, more.

West Side Story : Birth of a Classic
This exhibit from the U. S. Library of Congress includes correspondence and other documents related to the development and production of the Broadway musical, West Side Story . Their description:

The Broadway musical is a commercial art form that often aspires to, and occasionally attains, high art. It is also a collaborative medium, in which the librettist, composer, lyricist, director, and choreographer determine together the details of plot and action, the style and tone of the production, and how music, movement, and language will be used to best convey the story they wish to tell. The collaboration also involves dozens of people who play key roles, including the designers of the set, lighting, and costumes, the orchestrators and musicians, and ultimately the performers who must embody not only the characters they play, but also must be able to sing and dance—in the case of West Side Story—this most demanding music and choreography. The items on display in this section come from the Library’s Leonard Bernstein Collection and provide a rare window into this complex process.

What Shakespeare Plays Originally Sounded Like
This video (10:07) uses examples from the sonnets, the prologues to Henry V and Romeo and Juliet , and lines from As You Like It to explore the impact of Original Pronunciation on understanding Shakespeare's language.

You Kiss by the Book
Lesson plans for Romeo and Juliet from EdSITEment.

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