William Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet

           Open a word file and head it with your name, the teacher’s name, the period, and the date. Copy and paste, or type your information in the word file and save and print it when you are finished. You may need to start a new word file at home to finish this and perhaps print it in two parts. Use the header to insert the page numbers on your word file. Make sure you use quotation marks and credit your source for any information or illustrations that you copy and paste.


1. Read Shakespeare’s timeline and its summary on this site:http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/timeline/timeline.htm

 Take the quiz over Shakespeare’s biography and then paste your score into the word file. Copy and paste the URL (web address) next to
  your score.


2. Find an online dictionary and look up the word "bard."     

Copy the web address and definition into your word file. Why is Shakespeare called “thebard?”


3. Visithttp://www.pangloss.com/seidel/Shaker/index.html?


Collect three Shakespearean insults from the site above and copy them into your file.


Compare insults with someone sitting next to you.


"Translate" an insult into your own words, and type your translation into your file.


4. Read about and view pictures of Elizabethan sword fighting here:


Copy and paste a picture into your word file.


5. View pictures ofVerona(the setting ofRomeo and Juliet) here:


   Write at least 3 sentences about your impressions ofVerona. Support your impressions by describing the pictures.


6. Visithttp://rhymezone.com/shakespeare/

Use the “keywords” option to find out what Shakespearean works contain the following lines. Try searching by using the first few words of each line and putting them in quotation marks.:


a. “To be or not to be, that is the question….”

b. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings.”

c. “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son ofYork.”

d. “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!”


7. Visit http://www.bardweb.net/globe.html

Copy and paste a picture of an Elizabethan playhouse (similar to Shakespeare’s Globe theater) into your word file. 


8.  Visit this site http://virtual.clemson.edu/caah/shakespr/VRGLOBE/index.php

 and view the virtual tour of the Globe Theatre. There are two options: quicktime movie and virtual tour. Use either one. Would you like watching a play here? Why or why not? Give four reasons supporting them with details from the movie or tour to support your answer.


9. View several pictures of characters and/or scenes fromRomeo and Julieton this site:http://www.english.emory.edu/classes/Shakespeare_Illustrated/Shakespeare.html Scroll down past the picture, and click on the underlined word “the plays.” Then click onRomeo and Juliet. Look at several of the pictures. Which picture did you like the best and why? Give at least 3 reasons using details from the picture to support your reasons. You might also support by contrasting your choice with the other pictures. Copy and paste that picture into your work file. Make sure you have the title, the artist, and the URL. 


10. What did Elizabethan women wear? Dress Cecily, the Elizabethan paper doll. ( If you would be offended by dressing a Barbie doll, don’t go to this site.) http://www.elizabethancostume.net/doll/index.html How many layers of clothes does Cecily wear? Write 3 sentences describing how it would feel to wear these clothes if you were an Elizabethan woman going about your daily business. Write two sentences contrasting Elizabethan dress with modern dress.


11. Look up the words canker and marchpane in the Elizabethan glossary at http://shakespeare.about.com/library/blglossary.htm and copy their definitions.


12. Search for summaries of and academic notes about Romeo and Juliet. Copy and paste at least two links into your word file.


13.   A. Go to the Internet Public Library bookshelf and open up the text of Romeo and Juliet. http://www.ipl.org/div/shakespeare/  What is the first line of the play? What is the first line of Act 2?   


        B. Search for another online full text ofRomeo and Juliet. Copy and paste the link into your word file.


14. Read the lists of words coined (created) by Shakespeare. http://www.rhymezone.com/g/shakespeare/coinages//

 Click on one word from each of the four categories (verbs, etc). Choose words you don’t know. Copy and paste the line from Shakespeare. Define the words atwww.dictionary.com


15. Take this fun quiz and learn some unusual words in Shakespeare’s plays. Of course, you will be guessing abut the answers, but that is what makes it fun.



16. Read definitions and examples of some of Shakespeare’s literary devices here: http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/exploring/randj/story/lit_device.html

17. Another site to search for lines from Shakespeare’s plays is http://www.online-literature.com/authorsearch.phpThis site would be helpful when writing a paper about a play or searching for a literary device. This would also be helpful to find quotes for the theme charts you will be completing.


Forextra credit, visit this site and find out more about Shakespeare or his works. Summarize what you learn in at least five sentences.



Remember to use your web quest answers and refer to these sites if you need help while reading the play.


Last Modified on January 23, 2012