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Ms. Chase: Romeo and Juliet Project: Home


Database overview, LibGuide, Note Taking Sheet, Works Cited.

Google Docs template of Note Sheet

Log into your Google Drive Account.  Then click on the box.

The template of the Note Taking Sheet will ask you to save a copy.

MyBib is a citation manager that provides free citations for MLA, APA, and Chicago style.   Create a new Project, then Add a Citation.  Choose from website, book, journal, video, and more.   If citing a database article, click on More and then Write/Paste.  When you are ready to print your Works Cited or References page, click on Download Bibliography.  Click here for handout. Watch the video!

The Assignment

There are many reasons that we still read the play "Romeo and Juliet." Romantic love and the conflicts of duty to ones family or culture are recurrent themes throughout history. There are plenty of connections that can be made to the play "Romeo and Juliet" and some have really happened! See the ones in the box below:


You are going to compare and contrast the characters in "Romeo and Juliet" to either:

  • A Real-life Romeo & Juliet couple  OR
  • An Actual Feuding Family


In order to complete this research, you will use research databases and the internet to find reputable sources and take notes. You will take notes in the Note-Taking sheet (see left).

After finishing the play, you will use this worksheet to compare and contrast Romeo and Juliet the play with their real-life equivalents. You will then synthesis your findings into a well-written essay.


Your thesis statement will prove how Romeo and Juliet are similar and/or different to real-life couples OR how the Capulets and the Montagues are similar and/or different to an actual feuding family.


As part of this process, you will also produce a Works Cited using MyBib to gather your citations.


For modern-day Romeo and Juliet Real-Life Stories (see list below).

  Think of keywords like: the names of your real life couple (*see list below).

For historical real-life Romeo and Juliet stories and Feuding Families (see list below)..


ABC-CLIO is great for historical stories.  Try World History for outside the United States and U.S. History for Americans.  The password for ABC-CLIO outside of school is montytech1.

Real-Life Couples and Families

Real Life Couples:


  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Cleopatra and Antony
  • Mary and Percy Shelley
  • King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
  • Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter

Modern Day:

  • Admira Ismic and Bosko Brkic (Sarajevo)
  • Zakia and Mohammad Ali (Afganistan)
  • Elmi Bondheri and Hodhan Abdi (Somalia)

Real Life Feuding Families:

  • Strangio-Nirtas and Pelle-Vottari-Romeos (San Luca, Italy)
  • Blues and Greens in the Byzantine Empire (Search: Circus factions)
  • Grahams and Tewksburys (Search: The Pleasant Valley War)
  • Hatfields and McCoys (United States)