Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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This webquest is about learning background information about Romeo and Juliet. In order for students to understand the play they must have some knowledge about the Elizabethan Era, Elizabethan Drama, Elizabethan Language and of course information about the characters and the plot of Romeo and Juliet. The webquest offers students the ability to gain this knowledge through viewing videos, watching powerpoints and prezi's, as well as reading articles on websites about William Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet. 

Students will be given two class periods to work on the webquest, but in total they will have 7 days to complete the webquest with a student peer (5 school days + the weekend.)
Most of the resources in the webquest can be used throughout a Unit about Drama, so just because the students are done with the webquest does not mean that you do not have to go back to these wonderful sources!


The Content Standards assessed in this webquest are:

ELAGSE9RL2: Determine a theme and/or central idea of text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

ELAGSE9RL3: Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text,interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

ELAGSE9L3: Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening, and to write and to edit so that it conforms to the guidelines in a style manual.

ELAGSE9RL4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings;analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone(e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone.)

ELAGSE9W8: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively;assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question;integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas,avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

ELAGSE9W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

ELAGSE9RI6: Determine an authorís point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.

ELAGSE9W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


Essential Understandings:

1. The tremendous impact and influence of William Shakespeare in literature.
2. The importance of understanding and applying language.
3. The importance of using our prior knowledge to find understanding in new information presented.
4. Analyzing Characters in reference to our lives and modern day traditions.
5. Reading, writing, researching and comprehending 9th grade literature.

Further Explorations:

1. How does language continue to evolve?
2. What part do you play in the evolution of language?
3. What will the canon of literature look like in the future?
4. Why read and discuss Romeo and Juliet today?
5. What universal themes are present in Romeo and Juliet?



Jigsaw: Students can work in groups of 4. Each students in the group can be assigned one out of the 4 activities to complete.

Project Based Structured: Students can be given a specific Activity to complete and then they can complete a 4 page research paper on the topic. This modification is geared towards students who really work well independently are are task orientated.

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