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.
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Category: ELA → Writing