Hear ye! Hear ye! Read all about it… ROMEO AND JULIET NEWSPAPER PROJECT 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 Obituaries Front-page news report/photo Weddings and Celebrations Advertisement or Classified Ad Travel/Leisure Editorial (letter to the editor or Lifestyles/Fashion editorial opinion) Opinion Page Dear Abby column (letter and Health/Science/Technology response) Money/Business Book Review Politics Theatre guide People/Interviews Sports 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: CONTENT: _____ The 5W’s + H that you find in the play; and, _____ The NEW information (your opinions) that you form from reading the play. CREATIVITY: _____ A combination of visual AND written artifacts; _____ Your ability to relate the Elizabethan age to a modern audience; and, _____ Your ability to capture the audience with your title, format, and headlines. COMMON SENSE: _____ Your ability to follow directions and fulfill the requirements; _____ Quality use of class time; and, _____ A ‘professional’ product. The Newspaper Project will be DUE November 21, 2003.
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