Romeo and Juliet Project Ideas

Instructor: Andrea Losa
Understanding the themes and elements of ''Romeo and Juliet'', which William Shakespeare wrote more than 400 years ago, can be challenging for students. In this article, discover some fun and educational project ideas that can help your students master this Shakespearean tragedy.

Act Out a Scene

Start out by watching the brief but engaging video lessons in this ''Romeo and Juliet'' study guide in class or assign them as homework. Break your class up into groups of at least 3, and assign each group a scene from the play. Students can decide among themselves who in their group will play which parts and how they would like to stage the scene. You might give students up to a week to prepare for the scene, encouraging them to research its context, view performances of the play, and study the costumes.

Write a Sonnet

Shakespeare used sonnets to describe the love that Romeo and Juliet felt for each other. He also wrote numerous other sonnets that depicted his idea of true and enduring love. To learn more about how sonnets played a role in this tragedy, first get some background on Shakespeare's sonnets by watching these videos on some of his well-known sonnets in class or assigning them as homework:

After watching the videos, have a discussion on the structure and rhyme scheme with your students then have them write their own sonnet. You may have your students work in pairs or individually to complete a series of sonnets based on Romeo and Juliet, one for each act.

Research Similar Works

Have your students find works written by Shakespeare and other authors that they think were influenced by Romeo and Juliet. Encourage students to look for works that were written before Romeo and Juliet to determine how those works influenced this play or if the play appears to be based on any prior works. Then look for plays and other works written after Romeo and Juliet and identify the ones that seem to be based on it. Use this brief video lesson on how fiction draws themes from other works as a starting point for students to understand the project.

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