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9EN - Romeo and Juliet: Home

A quick sample of resources that may help your understanding of this tragedy written by William Shakespeare.

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LitCharts - Romeo and Juliet

Includes a 'Chart Board'  which visualizes all of Romeo and Juliet's themes and plot points on one page. Also includes:


Dramatica

Dramatica is an entirely new way of looking at story. Beyond simply a paradigm or sequence of cultural beats, Dramatica theorizes why stories exist and attempts to outline the processes and dramatic touch points needed to tell a successful and meaningful story. Dramatica - Romeo & Juliet  reveals a comprehensive look at the Storyform for Romeo and Juliet. Unlike most of the analysis found here—which simply lists the unique individual story appreciations—this in-depth study details the actual encoding for each structural item.

University of Oxford - Podcast - Romeo & Juliet

This lecture on Romeo and Juliet tackles the issue of the spoiler-chorus, in an already-too-familiar play. This podcast is suitable for school and college students.

Forrest Library DVDs

Britannica Online Study Guide - Romeo & Juliet

May need to sign onto Britannica through the Portal - Library - Encyclopaedias and then open the Romeo & Juliet Study Guide.

GCSE Bitesize

Includes revision, tests and videos on:

60 Second Recap

60 Second Recap boils down Romeo & Juliet into short little bites of energy.

Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Boy and girl commit suicide.

Who can resist a story like that? Evidently, no one. After all, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is the world’s most popular melodrama.

Of course, there’s more to Romeo and Juliet than our snarky, one-line plot summary. There are great characters—passionate Romeo and naive Juliet, scheming Friar Lawrence, sarcastic Mercutio, hot-headed Tybalt. There are famous lines—“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”

And there is the irresistible lure of love-against-all-odds. In Romeo and Juliet, the love of two young lovers must withstand the assaults of prejudice, bigotry, revenge—in short, just about every impulse known to civilization. Big stuff. Big story.

ClickView Videos

If you are accessing ClickView Online use your normal school username and password:

  • Romeo and Juliet - Before the Play series - Young Monash University academics Kim Edwards and Erica Hateley, provide a detailed analysis of this text. Discussion covers: characters, setting, themes, plot, structure and imagery.
  • Romeo and Juliet - Animated tales of this play by Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare Shorts - Romeo and Juliet - Marcelle Duprey who plays Juliet in this version, examines the character of Juliet and compares how she has been portrayed by different actresses. The version of the scene in this program is set in the Caribbean in the present day. (From ABC program guide).

Studying Romeo & Juliet

LibriVox audio - Romeo and Juliet

This is a collection of public domain audio recordings of Romeo & Juliet.You can stream or download.

SparkNotes - No Fear Shakespeare

No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare's language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English—the kind of English people actually speak today.

Penguin Teacher Guide to Romeo & Juliet

This Penguin Romeo & Juliet Teacher's Guide   is divided into several parts:

  • brief literary overview, including a synopsis and commentary on the play
  • suggestions for teaching the play, including activities, discussion questions, and essay topics to be used
  • before, during, and after reading of the play
  • ideas to extend the students’ learning beyond the play, including ways to address its themes, ideas for teaching literary analysis, techniques for using the play as a bridge to other works, and ways to use the play as part of an interdisciplinary study

Reference Generator

It is important to show your teacher you used a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards.

A sample bibliography for 3 resources listed on this page would look like:

Romeo and Juliet Comprehensive Storyform 2016, Screenplay Systems Incorporated, accessed 2 November 2016, <http://dramatica.com/analysis/romeo-and-juliet>.

‘Romeo & Juliet: Study Guide’ 2008, in Encyclopaedia Britannica, accessed 2 November 2016, <http://media1.school.eb.com/learning-materials/studyguides/301/mainframes.html>.

Wright, B 2015, YOLO Juliet, Random House Australia, Sydney, NSW.

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