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Romeo and Juliet

Think

  • Where is this?
  • Who might live here?
  • How old is this house?
  • Who built it?
  • Who lived here in the past?

Solve

In the play, Lord Capulet tells Paris, Juliet "hath not seen the change of fourteen years". If Romeo and Juliet met on the 6th July and Juliet's next birthday was on 31st July, how old was she exactly when they met? Assume it was not a leap year.

Discover

Fact: The house in the picture is in Verona, Italy and is known as the House of Juliet. Messages are written by couples on 'Juliet’s Wall' in the hope of everlasting love and there is a statue in the courtyard that is said to bring luck to couples who touch it.

Question: What other attractions are there in Verona? Why is it famous? Where is it? Does it have other links with Shakespeare? Make a presentation about the city to share with your class.

Respond

Imagine things had been different for Romeo and Juliet and while Romeo serenaded her, she just saw him as a pain in the neck. Write a letter from Juliet to Romeo stating how she feels and why she wants him to leave her alone.

Discuss

Romeo and Juliet's families hated one another. Why is it better to resolve arguments? How could you do this?

Reimagine

Create a poster for a production of Romeo and Juliet. Look at a variety of posters that have been used and make a note of which you like and why. What will you include in your design? How will you make it eye catching and appealing to the audience?

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