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.)

03 February 2016

C - ...when you wore your genius chapeaux again.

Genius 2.2 - Learners used the period to continue their inquiry work on the appeal of dystopia.

Learners also completed a video check-in via Freshgrade.

NEXT CLASS: The Porter's Speech, heading into Act III

D & A - The ones with the thug presentations, finally!

Learners finally presented their summaries and anlyses.

We spoke briefly about literary choices for the big idea, Politics / Revenge / Community.

POST: The  PUBLIC links to your summaries and analyses.

NEXT CLASS: Genius Afternoon (D Block), Literary Choices (A Block)

ENTRANCE SLIp'

02 February 2016

F - final portfolios, class one

Writers started working on their final projects.

Alysha, Jennica, and Kaitlin - I'm waiting on your proposals!

G - The one with more technical difficulties.

A few groups presented their summaries and analysis of their sections of Hamlet.  We did have some sound problems, but were able to troubleshoot!

We spoke briefly about the theatre trip tomorrow and about plans for future genius afternoons.

PRACTISE: Please post your summary/analysis video to YouTube and please leave a comment on each other's videos!

NEXT CLASS: Genius 2.2

01 February 2016

A - The one where no one was ready... again.

Excuses again for not having your videos ready. I. Can't. Even.

I spoke briefly about Jane Austen and the Victorian Era in preparation for the play we will be viewing on Wednesday.

I asked learners to consider literary pieces for an inquiry on Politics / Revenge / Community.

NEXT CLASS: Some presentations???

COMING UP: Timed, in class essay on Hamlet (see the link "Project & Assignment Details" at the left)

PRACTISE: Please view the video presentations via YouTube and offer a comment on the group's channel.

POST: Links to your presentations on Hamlet

D - The class with so many technical (and human) difficulties.

We viewed Judith, AmyFe, and Ethel's video presentation and they offered an analysis of their section of Hamlet.  We tried desperately to play Victoria and Jesica's video, but alas, it wasn't to be.  We had audio though and we problem-solved by having Jesica hold up her iPad while the audio played through the projector.

Other technical difficulties as well as human error prevented us from viewing the other presentations.

I spoke briefly about Jane Austen and the Victorian Era in preparation for the play we will be viewing on Wednesday.

I asked learners to consider literary pieces for an inquiry on Politics / Revenge / Community.

NEXT CLASS: Some presentations???

COMING UP: Timed, in class essay on Hamlet (see the link "Project & Assignment Details" at the left)

C - ...when we restructured things.

Thank you for your thoughts on restructuring the room.  Should we get rid of a few desks and get couches, maybe? :-)

You spent some time in your new groups reading and discussing Act II, scene ii.

PRACTISE: Find some important / interesting lines and be ready to explain why you chose them.

READ: The Porter's Speech (comic relief), and the end of Act II

NEXT CLASS; Genius 2.2

ENTRANCE SLIP: What is the most important thing that the Porter says? (Please post your responses below.)