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ROMEO AND JULIET CP WRITING ASSIGNMENT

15 Points / Major Writing Grade

Due Wednesday March 18th

You are a newspaper reporter. You are given the assignment to write a detailed obituary for Mercutio or Tybalt.

Definition: Obituary : a notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, as in a newspaper.

Obituaries usually tell

place

and

date

of

birth

,

extent of education, occupation, in addition to the circumstances of death. An obituary should also include a list of relatives left to mourn the loss of a loved one.

Some of these things you will need to create out of your imagination based on the general setting that Shakespeare has provided. Obituaries have a “nice” photo or drawing of the character in question attached.

Challenge:

Challenge yourself to write this obituary as a sonnet.

This is not mandatory, but it is good to push yourself out of your comfort zone sometimes.

If you accept the challenge:

A sonnet has 14 lines, is written in iambic pentameter, and has a defined rhyme scheme (abab, cdcd, efef, gg).

As you write your obituary as a sonnet, you are to mark up the sonnet’s iambs and stressed and unstressed syllables clearly.

Other Details to Remember for All Obituaries:

MLA format, typed, double-spaced, spell-checked and proofread, drawing of character (with attention to color/shading), and finally: creativity is REQUIRED

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