Lesson Plan Details


Romeo and Juliet: a Pastiche in Documents- Digital

Create a rite of passage in your classroom by combining creativity and primary source research with this ten-day digital research project presented and submitted via Google Slides.

Not only do students change the characters and setting of Romeo and Juliet, but they only reveal the story in recreated authentic documents appropriate for unique time period of their choice.

Let your students' creativity shine as they pair the plot, characters and conflict of Romeo and Juliet with their favorite period in history. Whether it is Eastern Europe in World War II, the American Wild West, or the 1960's Broadway Theater District, whatever era and place your students love will become the backdrop for this research assignment. With that freedom, your students will become eager scholars, seeking authentic documents, and crafting characters and plots that reflect the conflicts of that time and place.

Students start by "reading" a narrative told only through documents in "Ordeal by Cheque." They apply those skills and interact with each other as they research, find credible primary sources and replicate their findings to convey elements of narrative.

Students justify their document choices in paragraphs that address conflict, characterization and/or setting. Students also provide an annotated bibliography entry for each source used.

Finally, students share their completed pastiches with their peers for feedback.

Follow this research project with your own Romeo and Juliet test, and see how much better students understand the characterization, conflict and plot in Shakespeare's original.

Google Slideshow with editable Word document that includes background, use suggestions and implementation calendar. Edit as you wish, but please retain my logo.

Category: ELA → Writing
Price: $4.00

This lesson plan costs $4.00

About the Teacher


Barbara Miller

I have taught English/Language Arts for over twenty years to remedial through gifted students from 7th to 12th grade, AP/dual credit university courses in three corporations and at one university. During my career, I have supervised and taught several student teachers and numerous pre-service teachers. Project Based Learning and choices that fit or extend learning styles and intelligences make my classroom activities engaging for students and filled with opportunities for academic growth. Many teacher professional development programs have supported my work. I hold an M.A. in Education and an Indiana High Ability Teaching License, am a Teacher Consultant for Indiana Writing Project, and have participated in many educator programs sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, National Consortium for the Teaching of Asia, National Endowment for the Humanities, US Department of State, Korea Academy for Educators, and Toyota International Teachers, among others. Additionally, I have been awarded many grants for classroom and school-wide projects, ranging from hundreds of dollars to $250,000. In addition, I have conducted professional development on writing workshop and differentiation in my own school, at conferences and events, and at schools in Peru and India. I am currently writing about my ancestors who taught Freedmen after the Civil War.


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