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.)

29 January 2015

H - The one with working the board.

Genius Afternoon #3.

Learners did a visual update of the Scrum Board - they added their ideas (Ice Box), posted their essential questions, etc.

NEXT CLASS: Act III presentations, Act IV scenes v-vii, Act V

COMING UP: Politics, Revenge, Community, presentation skills, timed essay

F - spoken word, class two

FREE WRITE: The plaid shirt...

Writers finished their spoken word pieces and shared them.

PRACTISE: Record your spoken word piece and post it to your Mahara profile.

NEXT CLASS: Portfolio work; final project proposals; self-assessment

E - ...when you took on the role of the dramaturg.

Learners worked in new groups to write a screenplay for Act IV, scene i of Macbeth.

NEXT CLASS: Finishing the screenplay; rhetorical devices in scene ii

28 January 2015

D - The class with yet another genius afternoon.

Genius Afternoon #5


  • Please make your journals public to your profiles. I need to see your skills progress!
  • Laptops or arrange to borrow a Chromebook from the MRC

NEXT CLASS: Narrative essay - timed, in class, electronic

COMING UP: Finishing the play???

C - ...when you ended up as dramaturgs.

We looked at the end of Act III: Macbeth "will, to the wëird sisters;" and is "in blood so stepped...;" Hecate is angry because she is "never called to play her part" and because Macbeth does things "for his own ends" not for the witches; Hecate decides to help the witches make "artificial sprites" that "will draw Macbeth to his confusion;" Lennox chooses his words carefully to summarize the events so far but admits that Macbeth is a tyrant; Macduff is in England trying to convince the rightful heir, Malcolm to come back and bring Scotland out from under "the hand accurs'd."

I took your text of the play and replace it with lines from Act IV and asked you to create a screenplay.

HANDOUT: Sample Screenplay

NEXT CLASS: Screenplay!

COMING UP: rhetorical devices, Act IV scene ii

A - The one with the my-fault-delays.

Learners presented Act IV, scene i-iv.

I asked you all to consider how Hamlet's soliloquy in IV, iv differs from the previous three.

Learners also presented part of Act IV, scene v-vii.

PRACTISE: Create a google document (one per group) that outlines and notes how Hamlet degenerates and the regenerates through his soliloquies.

NEXT CLASS: Genius Afternoon #4

COMING UP: Finishing Act IV, Act V, timed in class essay

27 January 2015

F - spoken word, class one

FREE WRITE: How to...

Writers viewed two videos: "5 Steps To Writing Slam Poetry" and "Somewhere there is a poem" - these videos were meant to help give writers some direction for writing their spoken word pieces. See the class moodle for more details!

PRACTISE: Turn in your spoken word piece to moodle. Record and perform your spoken word piece and post it to your Mahara Writing Portfolio.

NEXT CLASS: mini poetry slam

COMING UP: final project proposals