William Shakespeare, aka "The Bard of Avon"

You can read Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet online!
Here's a great online study guide for Romeo and Juliet.

Unit Packet

Oral Test Questions

BBC News: Italian dies in 'Romeo' tragedy
Do you think the "Romeo" tragedy could happen in today's technologically advanced society?
Explain the “big idea” or “universal truth” behind the “Romeo” tragedy.

Character Vocabulary -
Determine which character(s) best exemplify each adjective. Choose one key detail/quotation to justify your determination(s).

engaged to be married

deserving blame or censure; blameworthy

overwhelmed by grief; deeply afflicted or sorrowful

impatient; thoughtless

easily angered; short-tempered

actuated or swayed by emotional or involuntary urges

inspired or possessed with a foolish or unreasoning passion, as of love

reasoning in accordance with the principles of sound judgment

obeying or willing to obey; complying with or submissive to authority

having or showing a lack of experience, judgment, or information

firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty

given to making plans, especially sly and underhand ones; crafty

devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one's own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others

hard, harsh, or severe

desiring or seeking violent revenge

Timeline: Acts I-III
Plot Structure:

Such Tweet Sorrow:
"You know the tale of Romeo and Juliet but now you can see it happening live and in real time - in modern Britain and on Twitter."

One of the most famous scenes in all world drama:
Compare and contrast the balcony scene in Gnomeo and Juliet with that in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Be sure to judge the effectiveness of the changes/modern interpretation.

Expectation Log

Figurative Language Lines from Act II, scene 2:
  • But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
  • Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon
  • My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words of thy tongue's uttering, yet I know the sound
  • With love's light wings did I o'erperch these walls
  • There lies more peril in thine eyes than twenty of their swords
  • I have night's cloak to hide me from their eyes
  • It is too rash... like the lightning which doth cease to be ere one can say it lightens
  • This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath, may prove a beauteous flower
  • My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep
  • Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books, but love from love toward school with heavy looks

Definition of acrostic poem: lines of writing that form a word or name
Sample acrostic poem:
Makes an effort to
Entertain and cheer up
Romeo, his friend, by
Using language – puns, imagery, etc.
To tell of Queen Mab and to
Insist that dreams are
Only idle fantasy.

Link: Sonnet 18 - Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Link: Iambic Pentameter & Sonnet Form
Link: Hip-Hop & Shakespeare

"Shakespeare in Popular Culture":

BBC Animated Shakespeare - Intro to Romeo and Juliet:

Reduced Shakespeare Company: Romeo and Juliet: