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Romeo & Juliet Poster Ideas

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Romeo, oh Romeo, how can we make the study of this classic more fun? Students around the world read the words of this classic year after year. Use these poster ideas to add a bit more fun to your instruction.

Romeo and Juliet Posters

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is classic tragedy. This type of material can be daunting for students and teachers alike. These poster ideas will add a bit of fun and whimsy, while broadening the scope of instruction.

Wanted Posters

Detailed wanted posters were a mainstay in the old west. This poster idea plays off of those hunts for villainous people.

Materials

  • Assorted examples of old wanted posters
  • Blank newsprint
  • Pencils
  • Black markers

Instructions

  1. Begin by asking each student to select one character from Romeo and Juliet.
  2. Now have them create a sketch of what they think this character might look like in the style of a police sketch. As an alternative, generic old black and white portraits could be used.
  3. Pass out the newsprint and have students attach the sketch to it.
  4. Finally, have them craft these into wanted posters for their selected characters using the examples as a guide.

Product Advertisement Posters

Companies get very creative in their marketing. This poster idea has student spoofing products that may have been needed in Romeo and Juliet's time.

Materials

  • Poster board
  • Old magazines
  • Scissors
  • Markers or acrylic paints

Instructions

  1. Have students thumb through the magazines to select one product that they think would have been useful in Romeo and Juliet.
  2. Using their selected product as the focus, ask students to create a poster that could serve as an advertisement for this product during the time of Romeo and Juliet. The poster should highlight the need for the product along with product features.

Propaganda Posters

The Montagues and the Capulets were at odds in Romeo and Juliet. This poster idea has students picking a side and using persuasion to sway others through propaganda.

Materials

  • Assorted examples of propaganda posters throughout history
  • Poster board
  • Markers

Instructions

  1. Have students pick a team: Montagues or Capulets.
  2. Now, ask the class to create propaganda posters to sway the public against their adversaries.

Casting Posters

Who would be the perfect Romeo or the perfect Juliet? Why not have students create casting call posters that give them a chance to demonstrate their knowledge of the characters?

Materials

  • 8x10inch pieces of poster Board
  • Markers

Instructions

  1. Ask each student to select one character from Romeo and Juliet.
  2. Give each student one piece of poster board.
  3. Now, have them create a casting poster for their selected character. This should list required physical characteristics such as gender, age, appearance, and so on, along with essential character traits for successful embodiment of the character.

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