Romeo and Juliet Revised Tabloid Project

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					Romeo and Juliet
Tabloi d News paper/Newscast Project
         Last class, you had an assignment to write a gossip column article about the party at Capulet’s Mansion. I
told you that the article would be part of a larger project. Today, I will give you more informat ion about that
project. You are going to be creating a tabloid newspaper or tabloid newscast where you spill all the “dirt” about
Verona’s most famous families, the Capulets and Montagues.

    Newspaper : (You may work al one or wi th a partner.            There shoul dn’t be any groups
                        of three or more….NO EXCEPTIONS!)

        1. Title--This paper should have a catchy title. Remember, this is a scandal sheet, so a
           good title (The Star, The Enquirer, People) goes a long way.
        2. Articles—If you work on your own, you should have at least four (4) articles. If you
           work with a partner, you should have at least six (6) articles. This is the bare
           minimum you can have. Your articles should be full of gossip and as scandalous as
           possible, yet based on facts and actual events from the play. (Remember: no Wayne
           Newton!) Try to use as many characters from the play as possible. Also keep in
           mind what the audience (people of Verona) would be entertained by. (Superstition
           and gossip)
        3. Extras—Anything other than an article could be considered an extra. Fill your paper
           with fun stuff! Artwork, puzzles, horoscopes, classifieds, comics, sports, police
           reports, personal ads, weather forecasts, etc. The more extras, the better. Remember,
           they should be appropriate for the time period of your audience ( the 16 th century).
           So, you shouldn’t have an ad for a used computer!
        4. Appearance—This paper, when completed, must look good! If you can draw, that is
           fantastic; if not, there are plenty of places (magazines, on-line services) where you
           can get pictures to use. Also, if you have access to the computer program
           “PageMaker” you could make your paper look authentic.
        5. Editing—As with any newspaper, even a “rag” such as this one, the proofreading
           must be perfect. Make sure you edit for grammar (use of apostrophes, subject-verb
           agreement, etc.), spelling, and punctuation.
        Here’s a help ful h int: take a look at a real newspaper (tabloid or otherwise). See how it is set up and check
        out the layout. Try to copy the organization to make your paper as authentic as possible (this will affect
        your appearance grade).

Your final products will be due in approximately 2 weeks. I will give you a specific date shortly.
I will allow you the rest of today’s class to begin, so you should get as much done during this
class as possible. However, you will NOT be able to complete this entire project in class.
You will have to continue to work on it independently. If you have questions-ASK!
Otherwise, have fun! 
             HERE A RE SOM E POSSIBLE TOPICS FOR YOUR A RTICLES/ VIGNETTES:
                1. The first fight (Act 1, scene1)
                2. The party (Act 1, scene 5)
                3. Balcony scene (Act 2, scene 2)
                4. Meeting with Friar Laurence (Act 2, scene 3)
                5. Wedding (although not directly seen in the play)
                6. Fight with Mercutio, Tybalt, and Ro meo (Act 3, scene 1)
                        AND THERE ARE MORE!!!!!!
Newscast :     (You may have a maxi mum of 4 cl ass members per group and each member must appear
                 on screen.)

       1. Title—Your program should have a catchy title. Remember, this is a “Hollywood
          gossip” newscast, so a good title (Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra!)
          goes a long way.
       2. Vignettes- Your program should include at least 6 different news segments that
          cover 6 different events of the play. Each vignette should be 3-4 minutes long and a
          written script must be submitted for each one. Your vignettes should be full of gossip
          and as scandalous as possible, yet based on facts and actual events from the play.
          (Remember: no Britney and K-Fed!) Try to use as many characters from the play as
          possible. Also keep in mind what the audience (people of Verona) would be
          entertained by. (Superstition and gossip)
       3. Extras—As with any televised program, you should include a variety of
          programming. Some extras might include commercials, celebrity quizzes, “man on
          the street” interviews, weather forecast, “traffic” reports, and opening and closing
          credits. Anything in addition to the main broadcast and vignettes will be considered
          an extra. The more extras, the better. Remember, they should be appropriate for the
          time period of your audience (the 16th century). So, you shouldn’t have a commercial
          for a new car or a PC vs. Mac!
       4. Technical Quality-A crucial factor of any technical endeavor is the authenticity of
          the production. You should take careful consideration in choosing costumes, set
          designs, props, editing, and sound quality. Your finished product should not look or
          sound like a bootleg copy of the latest blockbuster.
       5. Editing—Despite the fact that this project is performance-based, your written script
          still needs to be proofread. A writer would not submit a screenplay to a production
          company without first proofreading and editing it. Make sure you edit for grammar
          (use of apostrophes, subject-verb agreement, etc.), spelling, and punctuation.

       Here’s a help ful h int: watch a real “ Hollywood gossip” newscast (Soup, Entertainment Tonight, Access
       Hollywood, Extra!, etc.). Observe how it is produced and performed. Try to copy the organization to make
       your broadcast as authentic as possible (this will affect your technical quality grad e).


Your final products will be due in approximately 2 weeks. I will give you a specific date shortly.
I will allow you the rest of today’s class to begin, so you should get as much done during this
class as possible. However, you will NOT be able to complete this entire project in class.
You will have to continue to work on it independently. If you have questions-ASK!
Otherwise, have fun! 
       HERE A RE SOM E POSSIBLE TOPICS FOR YOUR A RTICLES/ VIGNETTES:
              7. The first fight (Act 1, scene1)
              8. The party (Act 1, scene 5)
              9. Balcony scene (Act 2, scene 2)
              10. Meeting with Friar Laurence (Act 2, scene 3)
              11. Wedding (although not directly seen in the play)
              12. Fight with Mercutio, Tybalt, and Ro meo (Act 3, scene 1)
                      AND THERE ARE MORE!!!!!!

				
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