Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Here it is my little pupils! The last essay of this quarter. If your grade is barely passing, not doing well on this will definitely result in you repeating this class. Let's get it done and not mess around.

Essay topic: 
In a 5 paragraph essay choose three persons / elements and argue as to whom / what is most responsible for the death of Romeo and Juliet.

Notice that you have to choose three persons / elements. This is the way you organize your body paragraphs.


Keep in mind the following:

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50% of your grade is based on following MLA format.

50% is based on development of ideas and your ability to think.


Below is a link to the online version from Spark Notes. From there you may harvest quotes.

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare



Part 1 - Preparation

Step 1. Log in to your Google Docs account and create a file entitled:

            B2 A/B RJ Essay - Your Name

Step 2. Share the document with me. Copy and paste the following account address: 

eliache@sbcglobal.net

Step 3. Copy and paste the above web address in your Google document so that you will have access to this site. Turn the address into a link.

Step 4. Now copy and paste the essay outline into your document. Here's the link to the essay outline.

Part II - Harvest Quotes and 3 Body Paragraphs

Step 1. Using your text, find quotes from the play and type them in the 2s for the body paragraphs.
Remember this is poetic play and the correct way to cite lines from it.
       
    For example:  
"ljdfadfjajdfajdlfaldfj / faldfaldfldf / jaldjfajdfajdf" (2.3.3-5).


If you are citing dialog between characters the best way to do that is through the use of the block quote. Check it out:

    Many of the puns that Shakespeare uses are of a questionable nature. Consider the conversation between Sampson and Gregory in the beginning of the play:
        Gregory. The heads of the maids?
        Sampson. Ay, the heads of the maids or their maidenheads.
            Take it in what sense thou wilt.
        Gregory. They must take it in sense that feel it
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        Sampson. Me they shall they feel while I am able to stand; and
            'tis known I am a pretty piece of flesh. (1.1.23-28)
Here Shakespeare puns around with "maids" and "heads." If I continued with the explication of this example I may be venturing on the inappropriate, so I will stop now.

Note that the above example will be double spaced.


Step 2. Finish writing the three body paragraphs. Don't forget about transitions! :)
This link takes you to an online resource for transitions. Check it out.

Check out this MODEL for the body paragraphs.


Part III - Intro and Conclusion


Step 1. Write your introductory paragraph. Below lists in order the three elements of what the introduction should have:

1)     Hook (Brainy Quotes is an awesome resource for finding quotes if you want to go

                  this route)


2)     Background information


3)     Thesis


This VIDEO explains how to put together these three elements of the introductory paragraph. Check it out!

If the video doesn't play for whatever reason study this MODEL presentation of an introductory paragraph.

Step 2. Write the conclusion paragraph.  Below lists in order the elements of what the conclusion should have:


          1)  Signal


          2) Summary


          3) Significance


          4) Speed


This VIDEO explains how to put together these elements of the conclusion paragraph.

Check it out!

If the video doesn't play for whatever reason study this MODEL presentation of a conclusion paragraph.


Part IV - MLA Formatting

Step 1. Delete all of the outline elements that still remain on your essay.

Step 2. Make your essay looks like the MODEL ESSAY I prepared for you. Pay especially close attention to the highlighted parts. Use the following for the Works Cited entry:

Shakespeare, William. "Romeo and Juliet." Elements of Literature. Ed. Kristine E. Marshall et al.             3rd. Orlando: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2005. 783-910. Print.

Step 3. Check out the CHECKLIST to make sure you have all your bases covered. You do not have to turn anything in for this step.


Part V - Submit Your Essay

Step 1. Submit your essay.  In order for you to get credit for this essay you must submit it by changing the name of the file as such:

                    B2 A/B RJ Essay Final Draft - Your Name


50% of your grade is based on following MLA format.

50% is based on development of ideas and your ability to think.

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