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Mentone Girls' Grammar School | Kerferd Library

Romeo and Juliet: Background

Year 9 English : Language [VCELA] Literature [VCELT] Literacy [VCELY]

Source: The reconciliation of the Montagues and the Capulets over the dead bodies of Romeo and Juliet (Leighton, 1855)

Level 1 resource"The characters of Romeo and Juliet have been depicted in literature, music, dance, and theatre. The appeal of the young hero and heroine — whose families, the Montagues and the Capulets, respectively, are implacable enemies — is such that they have become, in the popular imagination, the representative type of star-crossed lovers." (Britannica, n.d.)
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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities

Enduring Understandings

Shakespeare is still studied due to the universal nature of his central concerns.

Essential Questions

Why is Shakespeare still relevant today? How can we adapt his work for our time?

Background to Shakespearean theatre | eBooks

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Background to Shakespearean theatre | Online resources

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Background to Shakespearean theatre | Videos

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In text reference / citation: HarvardX (2017) or (HarvardX, 2017)
Bibliography / Reference list: HarvardX, (2017). London in Shakespeare's time [eVideo]. Retrieved from

"Get an overview of 200 years of history in less than 5 minutes, as London grew from a medieval city and underwent plagues, fires, religious upheaval, and other changes before gaining global prominence as the capital of the emerging British Empire!" (Folger Shakespeare Library, 2012)


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In text reference / citation: Folger Shakespeare Library (2012) or (Folger Shakespeare Library, 2012)
Bibliography / Reference list: Folger Shakespeare Library, (2012). London, 1500-1700 [eVideo]. Retrieved from

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