This assignment was designed to help students understand the social and historical context in which William Shakespeare wrote and performed his plays in Elizabethan England. It was used in conjunction with his play Romeo and Juliet, but it would work well as an assignment to accompany any of his plays. The assignment sheet sets guidelines for students to work alone or in groups, provides a list of topics about Shakespeare and Elizabethan life that they may choose and sets the requirements according to which they will be graded. These requirements are also listed on the accompanying grading rubric. This assignment gives students the opportunity to develop their research, information literacy, critical analysis, writing and presentation skills.