Each student will assume the persona of a character in Romeo and Juliet and create
an appropriate diary. The diary entries will reflect the character's unique traits: sex, rank, and social position, as well
as personality and temperament. Through this written exploration into character, students will deepen their understanding
of motivation, causality, and the conflicts within the play; they will also exercise and expand their creative writing abilities.
This lesson stretches over the entire study of the play;
Each student should create a diary for the
character of her choice and decorate it as appropriate for that character. Students
must write a minimum of five entries; the entries should show change and growth based upon what each character knows at certain
points in the play.
.Students should include as much information from Shakespeare's text as possible in their
journal entries. They should quote the text directly at least once in each entry; that quotation can be a jumping off point
for a creative exploration of the scene. Include as many of the words from the list as possible. You do not have to write
in totally Shakespearean English but do not include slang or modern words either.
You will be assessed on
insight you have shown into that character
credibility of the diary ie does it reflect the events of the play and its setting?
presentation ie make it look like an old diary the cover should be appropriate for the time. Use a computer but choose a relevant
font and paper.