Create a Newspaper

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.

General Requirements:
All factual articles and editorials must be second drafts to receive full credit.

NEWSPAPER OPTIONS:
A. News Articles

Requirements:

  • 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 by    

  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.

B. Editorial
     Editorials are opinion articles written by the staff of a newspaper, usually the editor.

C. Letter to the Editor
     (from a citizen or a specific character in the play)

D. Interview
     Create 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 Speech
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
Cover 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.
     Idea: Imagine that you are a tabloid reporter who happens to pass by the Capulet Orchard and overhears an exchange between Romeo and Juliet.
     What other ideas can you think of for tabloid reporting?

K. Announcements
      Write the marriage announcement the Capulets might have provided for Juliet and Paris.

L. Advertisements
     Create individual ads that relate to the time period and, perhaps, the play.

M. Classified Ads
     Create a classified ads section that advertises things from the play such as Romeo's dagger, the apothecary's poison, Friar Lawrence's herbs, etc.

N. Horoscopes
     Use the theme of fate to cast some interesting horoscopes.



The 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:
    1. Nameplate (include date and volume and issue)
    2. Index or teasers
    3. Two News articles
    4. One Editorial, Interview, or Illustration of a Public Speech
    5. One letter to the editor
    6. Two advertisements
    7. Three photos or graphics with captions

    For a "B" grade:
     Do all of "C" requirements and three additions

    For an "A" grade:
     Do all 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
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