For the ill and the absent-minded -

Here, you will find a very brief summary of class discussions and activities, lists of assigned readings and links to other resources. It should serve as a reminder of what we covered in class and/or of what you missed by being absent physically and/or mentally. Please read the posts and talk with your classmates before stopping me in the hallways to ask me if "we did anything important the other day". Feel free to make comments and if you're still confused, please email me!

(NB: I do not condone class absences - you must be present, in class, actively listening and participating whenever possible. Always communicate your absences with the school office as well as with me. It is your responsibility to make arrangements for missed work and/or quizzes. You MUST meet all assignment deadlines.)

27 November 2014

C - ...when you had to do things the old way.

HANDOUT: Writing the Personal Essay

Students wrote an in class original composition on the topic, "In the pursuit of excellence, we lose sight of ourselves." Just pen and paper and good old fashioned creativity.

READ: all of Act I of Macbeth

PRACTISE: Paraphrase Macbeth's first soliloquy (Act I, scene iii, lines 128-143)

A & D - Yes, she's away. That probably means some old school written work of some kind.

Students wrote a personal essay on "It takes courage to stand alone." No devices. Just paper, pen, and the individual.

READ: Hamlet Act I

26 November 2014

F - scriptwriting, class four

FREE WRITE: beep beep

Students used the period to continue writing their screenplays.

E - ...when you worked through the play without me.

Students read their independent novels.

I am away for the next three classes - Mr. Solis should've read Act I, scenes ii & iii with you.

READ: all of Act I

PRACTISE: paraphrase Macbeth's soliloquy (Act I, scene iii, lines 128-142)

NEXT CLASS: Catching up

H - The one with Mr. Solis doing Shakespeare.

I am away for the next two classes, so hopefully, you worked on a close reading of Act I, scene i today.  You should've discussed the clarity of Horatio's speech and made notes on setting and character.

PRACTISE: Paraphrase Claudius's speech at the beginning of Act I, scene ii.

NEXT CLASS: Original Composition practise

25 November 2014

C - ...when we finally got to some Shakespeare.

Students read their independent novels.

I spoke about the Elizabethan Chain of Being.

I modelled how to paraphrase and do a close read of Act I scene i-iii (up to line 70) in Macbeth.

Students shared their own versions of the opening scene and we discussed character a little more.

PRACTISE: Paraphrase Macbeth's first soliloquy (Act I, scene iii, lines 128-143)

READ: All of Act I

NEXT CLASS: Writing the Personal Essay

D & A - The classes when you all found it difficult to deconstruct the essay because you are so accustomed to constructing it.

Students used the first twenty minutes of the period to update their Mahara Portfolio Profile pages, which should have:
  • 30 Days of Learning Selfies
  • Journal w/ two entries - Using Mahara, Thoughts on St. Joan
  • Pecha Kucha - uploaded prezi/power point etc. on Self as Learner
We discussed Bacon's essay "Of Revenge." I asked students to break down the essay into a more modern form, identifying the thesis and topics and body paragraphs.

I gave a very brief introduction to Hamlet. Highlights:
  • the play begins in literal and figurative DARKNESS (it's night, no stars, King Hamlet is dead, Denmark is prepping for war)
  • before the play opens, King Hamlet defeats King Fortinbras (Denmark) and by agreement of war, wins Fortinbras's land... now that King Hamlet is dead, young Fortinbras, (Norway) "of unimprov├Ęd mettle, hot and full" wants the land back
  • there is a ghost roaming around - the dead King Hamlet has unfinished business
  • Hamlet (the son) comes home for his father's funeral, finds out that his mother has remarried Claudius, who happens to be his uncle (King Hamlet's brother!)
  • Horatio, Hamlet's best friend, confirms seeing the ghost and tells Hamlet
  • Hamlet confronts the ghost and the ghost tells Hamlet that Claudius poisoned King Hamlet, but he doesn't know if Gertrude (Hamlet's mother) is involved
  • So far, Fortinbras and Hamlet seek REVENGE (in different forms and for different reasons... oh dear, see Bacon's essay!)
NEXT CLASS: Reading the play, paraphrasing

COMINT UP: In-class original composition practise