Week 5 Journal-Acts 4 and 5 (Due Monday, 11/17)

Focus on the dramatic arc that we discussed in class for this journal. Tell me what the climax was in the play and why. Was it when Romeo killed Tybalt? Or when Romeo bought the poison? When Juliet stabbed herself? You can pick any point you like as long as you present a strong argument.


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Shakees in love

Watch the movie Shakespeare in Love. Now that you are experts in Shakespearean language, I think you will really enjoy this movie. For extra credit (a whole point on your average), write a movie review and post it to the google drive (3 paragraphs long). I will accept movie reviews until your final papers have been graded.

Watch the trailer here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3Zi2N1Q8-Y&feature=kp

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Week 4 Journal-Act 3 (Due Monday, 11/10)

Tybalt and Mercutio are dead and Romeo has been banished to Mantua. Things are not going well for anyone at this point. In your character’s voice, write about the best course of action for Romeo and Juliet. Should they give up? Persevere? You decide and write about it. Romeo and Juliet—take an imaginary piece of advice from one of the other characters and reflect on it. For example, Juliet: Nurse is telling me to marry Paris now and I think this is…


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How punny…

Shakespeare was a master of puns. A pun is a phrase with two meanings. Here is a list of Shakespearean puns. See if you can find any in the play. Use them in your writing to really impress! You can either quote the play or come up with your own. If you find a pun in the play, add it to the comments section for extra credit, as always WITH citation.

Claudius: …But now, my cousin Hamlet, and my son…Hamlet: [aside] A little more than kin, and less than kind. (Hamlet 1.2)

Explanation: Hamlet is upset that his uncle Claudius has married his mother. Think of “kind” as also short for “kindred.”

Beatrice: The count is neither sad, nor sick,/nor merry, nor well: but civil, count; civil as an/orange, and something of that jealous complexion. (Much Ado About Nothing 2.1)

Explanation: Beatrice is referring to the character Claudio. There is a type of bitter orange that comes from Seville, Spain.

Now is the winter or our discontent/Made glorious summer by this sun of York… (Richard III 1.1)

Explanation: These are the opening lines of Richard III. King Richard III was the son of the Duke of York.

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You errant beetle-headed boar-pigs!

Just kidding! We went over the list of Shakespearean terms of endearment today in class. Here is a list of Shakespearean insults. If you see one from the list or a different one in the play, write it in the comment box for extra credit (1/4 point on average). Include the proper citation for credit. Example: (1.5.268–76). This is ongoing and you can comment anytime throughout the unit.


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Week 3 Journal-Act 2 (Due Monday, 11/3)

The plot thickens. Romeo and Juliet are planning a secret (and HASTY) marriage with the help of Friar Lawrence and Nurse. Write about an imaginary encounter you had with the Capulets or Montagues where you a. told them everything or b. lied to cover for Romeo and Juliet. Tell us why you did what you did and how you think everyone will react. Tell us what kind of implication you think your actions will have on everyone’s lives.



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Thanks, Shakespeare!

Here are some well-known sayings in our language that originated from Shakespeare. As we read the play, keep your eyes out for sayings you are familiar with. If you find one, write it in the comment box for extra credit (1/4 point on average). Include the proper citation for credit. Example: (1.5.268–76).


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