I need some ideas for a newspaper article about Romeo and Juliet, perhaps about sports between The Capulets and the Montagues?
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Does your article have to be true to the book or are you allowed to add things?
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I often use this as a project with my ninth grade students – they each have to write an article based upon something that takes place in “Romeo and Juliet”. The idea for a sports article would work but I did not really understand your idea. A good idea for a sports article might be a play by play of the sword fight between Tybalt and Mercutio when Mercutio is killed. Another idea is you could write a review of the Capulet’s party that takes place in Act 1 in which Romeo and Juliet meet. You could also write a wedding announcement for Romeo and Juliet. There are also quite a few people who die in the play so you could do an entire obituary page if your teacher would allow that. Another possibility would be an editorial about the feud between the two families and how this feud is affecting the city of Verona.
Here is another idea for a news article: There could be a recording of a town hall meeting. Since the citizens of Verona are irate about the continuing feud of the Capulets and the Montagues, they might call a meeting with the city's leaders to discuss measures to prevent further outbreaks of violence such as the confrontation between Abram and Sampson, and more importantly, the slaying of Mercutio by Tybalt and Tybalt by Romeo and threat of family fighting family to avenge these deaths.
Testimony could be given by the citizens who witnessed the arguments of Act I and the slayings of Act III.
You could separate the paper into columns...an advice column for the love-lorn. Maybe the Nurse could be the columnist....a headline section with something about the increasing violence in the streets of the city...a horoscope with references to some of the consequences that are hanging in the stars...a celebrity gossip column with a who's who (like who was seen doing what with/ to who at that Capulet's bash), and a weather forecast (dark and gloomy? total eclipse of the sun?). I think the newspaper assignment is probably aimed at showing your understanding of the characters and events, so the more expertly you can weave the real characters into your article/s the better you'll probably do.
This project has the potential to be lots of fun. This is an opportunity to be as creative as you'd like, so feel free to go crazy, as long as you are mindful of the project guidelines that your teacher has laid out for you.
Here's an idea; Why don't you make your paper a special edition that chronicles the entire incident from beginning to end? You could have several small articles about various events from the play. You may like to include separate interviews with people from both sides of the conflict: Romeo and Juliet's family, Friar Lawrence, Juliet's Nurse and Benvolio.
Obituary Section: Have your newspaper pay special tribute to the fallen by dedicating a special memorial section to Romeo, Juliet , Mercutio and Tybalt. You can include photographs for each person, a short message from their families or friends and of course the dates of their births and deaths. You may also want to write a small article about the funerals of each person.
Whatever you decide to do, just make sure that your project is consistent with the events in the play. Of course you wouldn't have an interview with Mercutio when we know that Mercutio is killed in the play.
Try doing something more creative. If you think about the different sections of the newspaper, such as business, sports, weather, local, national, international, opinion, advertising, etc, write an article from one of those perspectives. That should give you more than a "strictly news" style.
If you're able to choose any aspect of newspaper writing, you might consider obituaries (there are plenty of people who die in R & J) and/or ads. What might people sell during these times and in the play in particular? Poison? Candles? Swords? Ink and Paper? Services--messangers to run secret love letters across the Capulet and Montague battle lines?
Have fun with it! This play has unlimited possibilities for news articles, feature articles, editorials, and other such newspaper writing. You might try looking up newspapers of the time period. Try the following links to help you with ideas! http://www.wan-press.org/print.php3?id_article=2821
I think the other posts really hit on the main idea. Having some editorials commenting about the Capulet and Montague feud in Verona might be interesting. Additionally, I think having an ad for "Friar Tuck's Apothecary- Potions 50% off!" or something like that would be fun. I like the idea of advertising swords with the slogan, "Fit enough for your worst enemy or best friend!" You can be sort of sardonic about some of the elements in the play. You should have some news articles that summarize events in the story, as well. There is enough in the play that can be put in the newspaper, so push the envelope with it.
How about a gossip column? It seems that the Capulets and the Montagues are very much in the public eye. A gossip columnist might be interested in the Capulet's search for a husband for Juliet. What would a gossip columnist think of Paris as a potential match? What would he/she say about Romeo and company showing up to a Capulet party? What about Romeo's romantic connections? What "shady" activities might a columnist have noticed if he/she were hanging around town at the right moment? What would he/she say about the very public fight between Romeo and Tybalt?
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