Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet



Activity 1: William Shakespeare: An introduction to his life

Read the biography on Shakespeare below and try to complete the missing information. Then, open the following link in a new window or copy and paste the link on your web browser http://www.bbc.co.uk/timelines/z8k2p39 to find the correct information and complete the short biography.

1.           Shakespeare is England’s most famous playwright and _____________________. His plays           are known throughout the world and he  introduced up to 300_____________________ and dozens of         _____________________ into the English language.

2.          He was born in _____________________ -_____________________ -_____________________in   the year __________________. He probably went to the local_____________________ school,     King Edward VI’s School,where he learnt Greek and_____________________ . He didn’t go  to _____________________.

3.           In 1582,he married _____________________ _____________________ , who was three           months _____________________. In total, they had _____________________children.

4.          He left Stratford to go and live in _____________________ , working as a playwright and actor.   He performed many times for Queen __________________________________________ .

5.          Shakespeare’s group built their own theater called the _____________________ . By           now, Shakespeare was very rich. He bought the __________________________________________ house in Stratford and many other properties as investments. He had a good head for business.

6.          He died in_____________________ , probably of _____________________ . In his will, he left     his __________________________________________ bed to his wife. Nobody knows for certain          why he did this. He is buried in Stratford.

Activity 2: The Elizabethan Theater

The Theater in Shakespeare’s Day. Openthe following link in a new window or copy and paste the link on your web browser  http://www.uni-koeln.de/phil-fak/englisch/shakespeare/ to learn about the Elizabethan Theater. Once you open the link you will be taken to a new website. Click on the left hand tabs that are blue and green to answer the questions for this section.

7.     How many woman actors did the company usually feature?

8.     Was Shakespeare an actor? What was the term used to refer to actors?

9.     How were the seating arrangements for the audience? How did one get a good seat?

10.   What would the audience do if they did not like the performance?

11.    Describe the stage,scenery and the costumes used in Elizabethan Theater.

12.   Besides theaters,directly state and describe some other places that plays were conducted?

13.   What is contemporary drama? How is contemporary drama influenced by the Elizabethan  theater?

Activity 3: The Elizabethan Language

As we read Romeo and Juliet, most of the unfamiliar words will be explained in footnotes. However, it is important to have a basic understanding about Elizabethan Language. Open the following link in a new window or copy and paste the link on your web browser  http://elizabethan.org/compendium/20.html to access the resources needed to answer the questions.

14.          A famous line from Romeo and Juliet, is when Juliet says, “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”What does “wherefore mean?

15.          What does “stay” mean?

16.         Open the following link in a new window or copy and paste the link on your web browser   http://elizabethan.org/compendium/29.html to get the information you need to translate the information. Put your translation in column three (the blank column). Keep the phrases just about the same, but use Elizabethan words where you can. So, in other words, you rewrite the entire phrase but you use as many words as you can using Elizabethan English.

Person A

Hello. A (sneezes) Excuse me.


Person B




Thank you.



Say, do you know where the closest bathroom is?



Certainly, it’s down the street in the Kings tavern.



Thanks. Goodbye.



17.     Go to Shakespeare Insult Kit at: http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/shake_rule.html  by opening the following link in a new window or copy and paste the link on your web browser.       

              In the box below you will make 3 Shakespearean insults. To begin making your own Shakespearean Insult combine one  word from each of the three columns below,  but make sure to begin each statement with the word, “Thou” followed by one word from Column 1, then Column 2, and then Column 3.

              In other words, to make an insult follow the formula: “Thou”+ Column 1 + Column 2 +  Column 3 = Shakespearean  Insult.











Activity 4: Background Information on Romeo & Juliet

Character Information

Open the following link in a new windowor copy and paste the link on your web browser https://quizlet.com/4131713/whos-who-in-romeo-and-juliet-flash-cards/  to complete the activities on the webpage. Students must complete all activities on the quizlet website. This quizlet will help all students prepare for the Pre-Test!

Plot Information

Open the following link in a new window or copy and paste the link on your web browser http://www.litcharts.com/lit/romeo-and-juliet/summary read the summary to answer the proceeding questions below.

18.Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, declares that anyone in either family involved in any future fighting will be put to ______.

19. Why are the Capulet's throwing a masquerade ball?

20. Why does Romeo crash the party?  Who is with him?

21. Why does Romeo slip away from his friends and jump the wall after the party?

22. What do Romeo and Juliet do the next day?  Who helps them?

23. Who is Tybalt? What does he do?  What happens to him?

24. What punishment does Romeo receive from the Prince?

25. What does Juliet do to get out of her forced marriage to Paris?

26. Why does Romeo poison himself?

27. Why does Juliet kill herself with Romeo's dagger?


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  • The Elizabethan Theater
    Description: The students will review and read the website in order to answer the questions in Activity 2.

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  • Elizabethan Language
    Description: The students will use this resource to answer the performance task question #16 under Activity 3.

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