by Sara Velez, New Bedford High School

This is an adapted webquest from one I saw and liked called Rewriting Romeo and Juliet. I am adapting for a couple of reasons: 1st, many of the links are outdated and 2nd, my students wish to act out their final product.

Introduction

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

Romeo and Juliet Act I, Scene i


Image from Other Romeo and Juliets
Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things; 
Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished:
For never was a story of more woe 
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

Romeo and Juliet Act V, Scene iii

True love.  Burning jealousy.  Betrayal.  Murder most foul.  Sounds like the evening news, right?  But these experiences are nothing new.  Human nature remains the same throughout time - since before people could even write about it.  All these emotions were recorded by one of the best authors to write in the English language: William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare is a poet of great depth and beauty.  His  work has survived the test of time -  it is still popular almost four hundred years after his death.  For some people, however, Shakespeare is a chore to read.  They have difficulty understanding the Old English style that was used in his time, or they don't think his work is relevant to today - some even think Shakespeare's plays are boring!  They are truly missing out.

It will be your job to prove these doubters wrong!  Show them that Shakespeare's stories can be transferred to almost any time period, including the Wild West, Mob-ridden Chicago, 50s Suburbia, and the 1960 Counterculture.