Newspaper Assignment for Merchant of Venice  It's a quiet day at The Belmont Times. You are dozing off at your desk when Mr. Chua, your grumpy news editor, comes up and kicks your chair. “A...

Newspaper Assignment for Merchant of Venice

 

It's a quiet day at The Belmont Times. You are dozing off at your desk when Mr. Chua, your grumpy news editor, comes up and kicks your chair.

“A suitor has claimed Portia’s hand in marriage and I want to find out what’s happened! You’ve followed events at the Belmont closely so I want you to get me the inside story. Who’s this guy who has done what princes, a baron, a duke and a lord could not? As a resourceful reporter, you are well acquainted with what’s happened at the Belmont house– having been present at the following scenes or spoken to people as described in

  • Act 3 Sc 2 (lines 1 to 189)
  • Act 1 Sc 2
  • Act 2 Sc 1
  • Act 2 Sc 7
  • Act 2 Sc 9

For the purpose of the article, assume you have access to and can interview each character i n the scenes above. You know what each character knows up to the point of Line 189 of Act 3 Scene 2.

You can come up with suitable quotes as their reactions to the news in order to complete your report. However, these quotes must be in line with the personality/knowledge of each character. E.g. The prince of Morocco would not have known about Antonio’s bond.  E.g. Nerrisa will not know about Jessica’s elopement with Lorenzo.

Your report must have a suitable headline of not more than six words.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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What a neat assignment!  I love ideas for creative writing like this, and it's even better for people who enjoy news writing.  :)  This sort of assignment truly forces the reader to get into the characters' minds and really KNOW the play.

For your assignment, go to the acts and scenes given and reread them.  Take notes as you do about each of the characters and their personalities/motives as it applies to Portia's wonderful news.  How would each react if you, the reporter, approached for a comment or response?  Allow your imagination to run a little wild...people back then aren't that much different than they are today, and Shakespeare's plays are all a lot like soap operas.  (Smile).

After you've reread and taken notes, you would then write your headline--it should be a complete thought which adequately and accurately represents the story.  Don't mislead in your headline...it's not ethical.  Once you've come up with an idea, shave the unnecessary words (a, an, the, adjectives, etc.) until you get to the six word limit.

Good luck!!

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bookworm2009 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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What a neat assignment!  I love ideas for creative writing like this, and it's even better for people who enjoy news writing.  :)  This sort of assignment truly forces the reader to get into the characters' minds and really KNOW the play.

For your assignment, go to the acts and scenes given and reread them.  Take notes as you do about each of the characters and their personalities/motives as it applies to Portia's wonderful news.  How would each react if you, the reporter, approached for a comment or response?  Allow your imagination to run a little wild...people back then aren't that much different than they are today, and Shakespeare's plays are all a lot like soap operas.  (Smile).

After you've reread and taken notes, you would then write your headline--it should be a complete thought which adequately and accurately represents the story.  Don't mislead in your headline...it's not ethical.  Once you've come up with an idea, shave the unnecessary words (a, an, the, adjectives, etc.) until you get to the six word limit.

Good luck!!

hey can you email me a sample of a news paper essay to see whether your article is the same as mine? and what i need to improve? THANK YOU for you help

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