Saturday, October 29, 2016

Reading Period 7: October 28 - November 3: Romeo and Juliet

Due Dates: (Adjusted for Halloween)
Quiz: Wednesday, November 2
Assignments: Friday, November 7

Long Read:

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Acts 1 and 2


This is a poem we will be memorizing! Get started by reading it every day.

"Shall I Compare Thee To a Summer's Day?"

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
     So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
     So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Creative Assignment:

In scene 1 (p. 13), Lord Montague says Romeo is like a "bud bit with an envious worm / Ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air, / Or dedicate his beauty to the sun." In scene two (p 23), Benvolio challenges Romeo to compare Rosaline to other women at the Capulet's party, saying "Compare her face with some that I shall show / And I will make thee think thy swan a crow." In scene 3 (p 29), Lady Capulet says, "This precious book of love, this unbound lover, / To beautify him, only lacks a cover." In scene 4 (p. 31) Romeo says, "You have dancing shoes / With nimble soles, I have a soul of lead / So stakes me to the ground I cannot move." You may find many other examples of figurative language in this play, where the characters use images to explain what they mean. Create an illustration of one of these examples of figurative language, where you draw it out literally. Show me the bud and the envious worm, the swans and crows, or the book of love and the cover it needs. Use unlined paper and some kind of color in your illustration.


Read this page about Shakespearean sonnets. It uses our poem this week as an example, which will help you get a jump on reading and understanding it. Now try your hand at writing your own sonnet. It must have three quatrains and a couplet. It must have ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyme scheme. It must be in iambic pentameter. Don't know what those things mean? We'll talk lots about sonnets in class. For now, read about it on No Sweat Shakespeare, at the link above, and do your very best!

Writing Assignment:

Remember our writing assignment about how characters in Ivanhoe demonstrated the conflict in their world? We're going to do a similar assignment for Romeo and Juliet. Even the title indicates there will be some pairing and parallels in this play. In sonnets and in drama, the concept of "antithesis" means creating opposites in conflict. One of these pairs is Mercutio and Benvolio. Another is Lady Capulet and Lord Montague, Romeo and Tybalt. Choose two characters and think about their behavior and personalities in the first two acts. Write a compare and contrast essay of 200 words, showing how these characters are in opposition to each other. You could even use Romeo and Juliet since they are from opposing families. Use at least two quotes from the book to support your ideas!


Shakespeare mixes comedy in with the more serious scenes in the play. Write a 200 word essay in which you track the comic and serious scenes through the first two acts. If you think about organization, your paper may have four paragraphs. One introducing your idea, two about act 1, three about act 2, and four taking the reader to a new place. Maybe you could speculate about why Shakespeare does this mixing, or maybe you could talk about another book that mixes comedy and tragedy, or the idea of a comic relief character, or maybe talk about what the play would be like without one of these elements -- anything new you can give your reader in the conclusion.


This quiz is over Act 1 and 2 of Romeo and Juliet.

1. What two families are at war in the play?
2. What lady is Romeo in love with in Act 1 Scene 2?
3. How old is Juliet, and who does Juliet's mother want her to marry?
4. Is Mercutio a Montague or a Capulet?
5. Who figures out that Romeo has crashed the Capulet party?
6. Give one image that Juliet compares their love to, on page 59.
7. Paraphrase these lines. What is Romeo saying here?
Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books,
But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.
8. Friar Lawrence agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet, even though he feels like Romeo is inconstant. Why? (look at lines 90-92)
9. Who is going to carry news of Romeo's plan to Juliet?
10. Based on his speech at the top of page 87, what can you say about Friar Lawrence's attitude toward love?

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