Romeo and Juliet
Newspaper Wiki Project
Construct a newspaper that
is based on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Although you will be graded
separately on your own articles and contributions, you may choose to combine
your efforts with one or two other classmates to complete this project.
All factual articles and editorials must be
second drafts to receive full credit.
A. News Articles
- 1. All news
articles must include a lead sentence and at least two interviews.
- 2. All
factual articles must be second drafts for full credit. Submit all first drafts
Ideas: Opening Fray, The sword fight scene
between Mercutio, Tybalt and Romeo, Romeo's
Banishment, The interrogation of Friar Lawrence at the end of Act IV, Other.
Editorials are opinion articles written by the staff of a newspaper, usually
C. Letter to the Editor
a citizen or a specific character in the play)
a question and answer format for an article.
Idea: Assume the
role of a horrible prying interviewer. Interview a
character-anyone, but consider a minor character such
as Benvolio or Friar Lawrence…or even Tybalt or Mercutio-to determine their
character, function and responsibility in the play.
E. Illustrate a Public
Choose a public speech from the
play, one that might be overheard by a newspaper reporter, and illustrate it,
keeping in mind the imagery in the speech as well as plot details.
F. Weather Report (see Act III, Sc. I)
G. Religion Column by Friar Lawrence
H. Obituaries of Tybalt, Mercutio, Romeo, Juliet
I. Gossip Column
the Capulet party
Consider mentioning the
following: the guests; the costumes and masks; the food served; the music
played; any other entertainment, like dancing, games, etc.
J. Tabloid Reporting
Write an article in the exaggerrated style of The National Enquirer, The
Star, etc. Write the gossipy and suggestive report. Consider
exaggerating the facts to titillate your audience. Be sure to create an
outrageous and saucy headline for your story.
that you are a tabloid reporter who happens to pass by the
Capulet Orchard and overhears an exchange between Romeo and
ideas can you think of for tabloid reporting?
Write the marriage announcement the Capulets might have provided for Juliet and
individual ads that relate to the time period and, perhaps, the play.
M. Classified Ads
a classified ads section that advertises things from the play such as Romeo's
dagger, the apothecary's poison, Friar Lawrence's herbs, etc.
the theme of fate to cast some interesting horoscopes.
following grading rubric will be applied to individuals. Students who create
newspapers in groups will be graded on individual contributions and efforts.*
For a "C" grade:
(include date and volume and issue)
2. Index or
3. Two News
Editorial, Interview, or Illustration of a Public Speech
letter to the editor
7. Three photos or graphics
of "C" requirements and three additions
of "C" requirements and four additions
* QUALITY AS WELL AS QUANTITY WILL COUNT TOWARDS YOUR
GRADE; IN OTHER WORDS, YOU ARE NOT AUTOMATICALLY GUARANTEED A "C" BY
COMPLETING THE 7 ASSIGNMENTS.THE LENGTH OF THE ARTICLE MAY ALSO REFLECT
QUALITY; ABBREVIATED TREATMENTS OF NEWSPAPER OPTIONS WILL NOT COUNT FOR FULL
CREDIT. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING LENGTH OR QUALITY OF TREATMENT, IT
IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ASK ME