Romeo and Juliet Newspaper

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Throughout our reading of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, each student will be required to: ✓ step into the shoes of a reporter;
✓ create a newspaper that reflects your understanding of the play; ✓ relate your understanding to a modern audience or your peers; and, ✓ be creative and intelligent (include visuals and written articles).

Each newspaper must include 10 written articles; visuals should accompany some of the articles. Below is a list of possible news articles:

Comic Strip
Front-page news report/photo
Advertisement or Classified Ad
Editorial (letter to the editor or editorial opinion)
Dear Abby column (letter and response)
Book Review
Theatre guide
Weddings and Celebrations
Opinion Page
Special Interest/Feature

The following topics from Romeo and Juliet must be included, but you may use any type of newspaper article to demonstrate your knowledge of these topics. Since 10 are required, after these 8 are included you may write the remaining articles on a topic of your choice (relating to the play, of course).

Shakespearean language (insults, slang, vocab, blank verse, etc.) Character analysis of one character

Character analysis of a second character
Plot summary
Time period (culture, politics, fashion, health, etc.)
Social tension (family feuds, rivalries, rebellion)
Love, death, and/or fate
Modern story that parallels the Romeo and Juliet story line, themes, and characters

REMEMBER! You are a newspaper reporter…Reporters ask questions that answer the following questions: WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, HOW. You will be graded on:


_____The 5W’s + H that you find in the play; and,

_____The NEW information (your opinions) that you form from reading the play....
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