Romeo and Juliet Blog

Creating a blog using Blogger (iPad instructions)
  1. Sign into your Google account using your school-assignment email (
  2. Tap on the drop down menu under More in the top left corner
  3. Tap on Blogger
  4. Tap on New Blog button
  5. Type in a Title for your blog
  6. Type in an Address
  7. Select a Template
  8. Tap on Create blog!
  9. On the dashboard, tap Start blogging! or the pencil icon to start blogging.
Please note: I create all my blog posts on my laptop, so I don’t know how functional Blogger is on the iPad.
You can also download the Blogger app from the App Store. I've never used this app so again, I’m not sure how user-friendly it is.

Your blog will be assessed using this rubric. Please read it! Check the syllabus page for due dates.

Assignment #1: 
Generally, Shakespeare's tragedies open on a dark note. In Macbeth,  a war rages and three strange witches appear in storm. In Hamlet, the ghost of the recently deceased king walks at night. Yet, Romeo and Juliet opens on a lighter note, with humorous lines and a rather dopey Romeo. Why do you think Shakespeare opens the play in this manner? What is the effect on the audience? How long do you anticipate this tone to last?

Assignment #2

Compare Romeo's first soliloquy ("But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks...") with Juliet's first soliloquy ("O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"). How are they different? What does each focus on? What do we learn about their characters based on their words? Is Juliet's assessment of a "name" accurate? What is a name?

Assignment #3
Free response: Now that we've finished the first two acts of Romeo and Juliet, you are free to write anything you'd like about the play. Respond to what you've read. Perhaps anticipate what is to come. The challenge here is to come up with a topic that is interesting and pertinent.

Assignment #4
Choose a short passage from Act III (probably no more than a dozen or so lines) and copy/paste it into your blog entry. Read the excerpt several times. Then, do a close reading of the passage. Consider diction (word choice), syntax (the structure of the lines, including meter and rhyme), imagery, figurative language (metaphors, similes, paradoxes, irony, puns, etc.). Finally, reflect on your close reading. What have you taken away from your analysis?