William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

READ
Forgot your book?  Read our
Folger Library text online (Folger pdf).

Romeo and Juliet online (another version--from MIT).

Or try it with No Fear Shakespeare--a side-by-side modern English version

(For fun, take a look at the First Folio version of 1623.)

Romeo and Juliet hyper-concordance.  Look up specific words or references in the text.  Or try this Google book and type in the desired word on the left.

LISTEN
LISTEN TO EACH SCENE OF THE PLAY--WHILE YOU READ OR BEFORE YOU READ

WATCH
Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 version

BBC’s Animated Romeo and Juliet

Prokofiev’s “The Death of Tybalt,” from his ballet Romeo and Juliet

The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Parody--very funny:
Part 1 (6 min)  Part 2 (7 min)

USEFUL WEBSITES
Go to the Shakespeare Page 

Romeo and Juliet Penguin Study Guide 

Background to the Play
Shakespeare Online has a brief and interesting introduction to the background sources that Shakespeare likely used in writing Romeo and Juliet, which, like most of his plays, is not his original story.

Absolute Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Study Guide is all you may need for study guide support. 


CRITICISM
Extra Credit:  Listen to or read the following lecture and take notes

READ
“‘Standing to the wall’:  The Pressures of Masculinity in Romeo and Juliet”, by Robert Applebaum

"Not Life, but Love in Death": Oxymoron at the Thematic Heart of "Romeo and Juliet", by C. Webster Wheelock

WATCH
Shakespeare Uncovered:  Romeo and Juliet--PBS series on selected plays

Shakespeare in the Classroom--in intro to Shakespeare with the cast of Shakespeare in Love (additional online version)

LISTEN
Romeo & Juliet pre-show 2011 lecture (30 min.)

Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen’s Lecture 
(40 min.)

Harold Bloom Lecture (40 min.)

You can use JSTOR to search for literary criticism, using the Newton South Library's username and password.


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Romeo and Juliet Essential Questions
Why study Shakespeare?  What makes him so enduring?  What makes him great?
What makes Romeo and Juliet such a popular play over time?  What are the enduring ideas represented?  Are the lovers responsible for their own deaths—or is there someone else to blame?
What is the distinction between true love and infatuation?  And is anything worth dying for?

Learning Goals--Big Ideas:  Students will be able to
have a basic knowledge of Shakespeare’s life and the history of Elizabethan theater
create a sonnet using poetic techniques studied
recite 35+ lines of Shakespeare through memorization--at least one sonnet and 20+ lines in a scene or soliloquy
work in groups to produce a scene from the play
LISTEN TO EACH SCENE OF THE PLAY--WHILE YOU READ OR BEFORE YOU READRJ_audio.htmlshapeimage_3_link_0
Need help with rhyming for you sonnet?
Go to RhymeZone.com, a terrific resource for rhyming needs.http://rhymezone.com/shapeimage_4_link_0