Romeo & Juliet Web Quest
Part I. Your task is to answer all the questions using the links provided. Write your answers on the sheet provided to you by the teacher. The questions are also on the website. Print any part of the website that you used to answer the question. Highlight the sentences where you pulled the information.
A. About Shakespeare
Click on this link and answer the following questions (1-7).
- Click on the link to Birth 1564 & Early Years. William Shakespeare was born in what year?
- What date do we recognize as his birthday?
- What was important about Stratford-upon-Avon in the 16th century?
- Click on the link for 1594 and find the acting companies Shakespeare was associated with in the early days. Name one.
- Click on 1599 The Great Globe. What is the probable year that Romeo and Juliet was written?
- Scroll down to the section "Construction of the Globe," and answer these questions: a. Where did the timbers to build the Globe come from? b. Who was the carpenter who built the Globe? c. What was Shakespeare's share as "householder?"
- What day and year did Shakespeare die? Why is this an interesting date? How old was Shakespeare when he died?
B. About Marriage
Click on http://elizabethan.org/compendium/index.html and answer the next questions (8-10). You will need to click on the link and select "Life in Elizabethan England". At the bottom of the page select "weddings".
- Romeo & Juliet marry secretly, but because she is trying to escape the arranged marriage to Paris. Read this site about marriage in the Renaissance and answer these questions. a. Name three marriage and betrothal customs found on this page.
- Click on the link for "more wedding customs."
- What color should the bride's dress be?
- How is the intention to marry announced? What happens if it is not announced previous to the event?
- Describe the wedding procession.
- What is a dowry?
- Explain how important is a wedding ring to the Elizabethans?
C. About Food
Click on http://elizabethan.org/compendium/index.html and continue (11-13). You will need to click on the link and select "Life in Elizabethan England". At the bottom of the page select "food".
- Select the link Food and Your Life Style. How many meals do people generally eat each day?
- Click on What We Eat. Why would people in Shakespeare's day not know what a chocolate chip cookie is?
- Click on More of What We Eat. Plan a small menu for a dinner using only food available in Europe during this time. Choose two vegetables, two meats, and two fruits or nuts.
D. About Language
Click on http://elizabethan.org/compendium/index.html and continue (14-16). Select "Life in Elizabethan England". At the bottom of the page select "language".
- Select More Language. A famous line from Romeo and Juliet is when Juliet says, "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" What does "wherefore" mean?
- What does "stay" mean?
- Click on Still More Language to get the information you need to translate this conversation. Put your translation in column two. Keep the phrases just about the same, but use Elizabethan words where you can. So in other words, you rewrite the entire phrase but replace as many words as you can using Elizabethan English.
|Person A||Hello. (A sneezes) Excuse me. || |
|Person B||Gesundheit!|| |
|A||Thank you.|| |
|B||Say, do you know where the closest bathroom is?|| |
|A||Certainly. It's down the street in the Kings Tavern.|| |
|B||Thanks. Goodbye.|| |
E. About Theatre in Shakespeare's Time
Click here and then on the link "Actors, Acting, & Audience" and continue (16-19).
- How many women actors did the company usually feature?
- Was Shakespeare an actor? What was the term used to refer to actors?
- How were the seating arrangements for the audience? How did one get a good seat?
- What would the audience do if they did not like a performance?
Part II. Write a half a page to a page on the information you gathered for parts A, B, and E. These pages should be in READABLE 12-14 point font with a title centered at the top of the page. Be sure to write the information in your own words. Add two graphics that are relevant to the section on each page.
Part III. Write a work cited for the information that you "borrowed" from the websites. Ask the teacher for the handout on how to construct this page.
Part IV. Create a cover page for your project. Include your name, class period, and project name. Include atleast one graphic. HAVE FUN WITH IT!
After all is completed put your papers in order: cover page, part A write up, part B write up, part E write up, and finally your work cited. Staple together or place in a report folder and turn in to the teacher.