Romeo and Juliet Now that we have started to read



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Music and Romeo and Juliet

Now that we have started to read Romeo and Juliet, start listening to music and find songs that you feel expresses the themes or emotions of the scenes. The focus should be specific and thoughtful. Be prepared to write an explanation for why you picked the songs you did. For example, it’s not okay to say, “I picked the song ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift because Romeo and Juliet is a love story.” WRONG!
Instead, you could say, “The song ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift fits well with Act I, scene v because like Romeo and Juliet, the characters in Swift’s song said, “we were both young when I first saw you…” and they were also at a party where they “[made your] way through a crowd to say hello” and “little did they know” what would happen next. Yes, you need quotes from both the song and the play for each entry!
Think about the themes of love, conflict, friendship, passion, maturity, etc. You should a TOTAL of 8 songs and have at least 1 song per Act. No you do not need a song for every scene. Good luck!!
Checkpoints: These are due the day they are due! No exceptions! The point of a check point is to make sure you have the correct information. There is no such thing as a late checkpoint! In addition, you must make corrections as you go. You must correct what you need to before each checkpoint or you cannot get full credit.
Checkpoint #1: 2 explanations ______________ (25 pts)

Checkpoint #2: 4 explanations and any corrections you were told to make from

checkpoint #1________________ (50 pts)

Checkpoint #3: 6 explanations and any corrections you were told to make from

checkpoint #1 and #2__________________(75 pts)


Then you must add two more songs on your own before the project is due!!
Project completed- CD, CD Cover, and explanations due ___________ (150 pts)

Two Options:




  1. Create a CD with a brief explanation (5-6 sentences) for why you picked the song and how it relates to the scene. You will actually burn the CD and will be able to share with the class when the project is due. You must have a creative cover with a title on the front and a song list included.




  1. Do not create a CD, but instead write a much longer explanation (15-20 sentences) of how the song relates to the scene. You will also need to attach the song lyrics. (Any inappropriate language should be crossed out.) You must have a creative cover with a title on the front and a song list included.



Format: Please look at the model below. Use Roman Numerals when discussing Acts and scenes.
Act ___, scene ___. “Song Title” by Artist/Group.
Write your explanation. -------------------------------------------------------------------.
Example:

Act III, scene i. “Kong Fu Fighting” by The Chimpmunls.


This song best represents this scene because …….

Models: We will be showing you models in class so you know exactly what is expected. They will be available for you to look through in more detail after school if you wish, but they are not allowed to leave the classroom.


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