PLAYWRIGHT 1564-1616

To be or not to be, that is the question;
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing, end them. To die, to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to — 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep, perchance to dream. Ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
”The sands are number'd that make up my life;
Here must I stay, and here my life must end.”
Quiz http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/romeojuliet/quiz.html

Quiz http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/literature/shakespeare/romeo_and_juliet.html
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A Objective:

  • Write an essay about Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet

B Success criteria ( a good essay contains the following and is at least 1A4 page long.)

  • Introduction: author and period he wrote in
  • Theme: what he wrote about that relates to your life
  • Plot: retell the story the way it was written/ acted out
  • Characters: a discussion of one or more characters
  • Theme: one theme that interested you in this story. (Love, friendship, hate. loyalty etc)
  • Symbols: explain the use of some symbols and their meaning

C Self assessment essay

  • I have written an introduction
  • I have used paragraphs (according to the success criteria)
  • I have illustrated my essay with pictures
  • I have written the plot
  • I have discussed one ore more characters
  • I have related this story to real life and my own experience
Not Yet

D Assessment of the essay

RUBRIC from Rubistar:

This will help you understand the level you are writing at and how to improve your essay.

6+1 Trait Writing Model : Romeo and Juliet

Introduction (Organization)
The introduction is inviting, states the main topic and previews the structure of the paper.
The introduction clearly states the main topic and previews the structure of the paper, but is not particularly inviting to the reader.
The introduction states the main topic, but does not adequately preview the structure of the paper nor is it particularly inviting to the reader.
There is no clear introduction of the main topic or structure of the paper.
Conclusion (Organization)
The conclusion is strong and leaves the reader with a feeling that they understand what the writer is "getting at."
The conclusion is recognizable and ties up almost all the loose ends.
The conclusion is recognizable, but does not tie up several loose ends.
There is no clear conclusion, the paper just ends.
Grammar & Spelling (Conventions)
Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Writer makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Writer makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Writer makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Focus on Topic (Content)
There is one clear, well-focused topic. Main idea stands out and is supported by detailed information.
Main idea is clear but the supporting information is general.
Main idea is somewhat clear but there is a need for more supporting information.
The main idea is not clear. There is a seemingly random collection of information.
The assignment is adhered to and there are 5 or more paragraphs.
The essay is missing a part of the assignment and there are 5 paragraphs or more.
The essay does not adhere to the assignment and there are 3-4 paragraphs.
The essay does not adhere to the assignment and there are only 1 to 2 paragraphs

Date Created: April 01, 2008


RomeoJulietMercutioTybaltBenvolioFriar LaurenceNurseParis
Prince EscalusLord CapuletRosalineOther Characters

EXAMPLE of a Plot
Verona is home to two feuding noble houses, the Montagues and the Capulets. In response to the constant brawling between members of these families, the Prince of Verona has issued an edict that will impose a death sentence on anyone caught dueling. Against this backdrop, young Romeo of the house of Montague has recently been infatuated with Rosaline, a niece of Capulet. Rosaline is quickly forgotten, however, when Romeo and his friends disguise themselves and slip into a masque ball at Capulet's house. During the festivities, Romeo catches his first glimpse of Juliet, Capulet's daughter. In one of Shakespeare's most memorable scenes, Romeo steals into the garden and professes his love to Juliet, who stands above on her balcony. The two young lovers, with the aid of Friar Laurence, make plans to be married in secret.
Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, later discovers that Romeo has attended the ball, and he sets out to teach the young Montague a lesson at the point of his sword. Romeo is challenged by Tybalt, but tries to avoid a duel between them since he is now married to Juliet (making Tybalt a kinsman). Mercutio, Romeo's best friend, takes up Tybalt's challenge and is killed in the ensuing fight. Enraged, Romeo slays Tybalt in turn. As a result of this bloodshed, the Prince proclaims that Romeo is to be banished from Verona for his actions. Romeo has time to consummate the marriage and bid farewell to Juliet, though he hopes to be reunited with her once the Capulets learn that they are man and wife.
The Capulets, meanwhile, press for Juliet to marry Paris, a cousin to the Prince. Juliet, relying again on Friar Laurence, devises a desperate plan to avoid her parent's wishes. She obtains a drug that will make her seem dead for forty-two hours; while she is in this state, Friar Laurence will send word to Romeo of the situation so that he can rescue her from her tomb. Unfortunately, fate will not be so kind; the letter from Friar Laurence is delayed. Romeo instead hears second-hand news that Juliet has died. Grief-stricken, Romeo purchases poison and hastens to Juliet's tomb to die at her side. Meanwhile, Friar Laurence has discovered to his horror that his letter did not arrive, and he means to take Juliet away until he can set things aright.
At the tomb, Romeo encounters Paris, who mourns for Juliet. Romeo slays Paris, then enters the tomb and downs his poison. As Friar Laurence comes upon the scene, Juliet awakens only to find the lifeless body of her beloved Romeo laying beside her. Juliet takes the dagger from Romeo's belt and plunges it into her heart. Upon this scene, the Prince arrives—along with the Montague and Capulet parents—demanding to know what has happened. Friar Laurence relates to all the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet's secret marriage and their senseless suicides. The Montagues and Capulets, when faced with the terrible price that their feud has exacted, vow to put an end to the enmity between their two houses.