Thursday, January 30, 2014

Day 107!

Good Thursday to you all!

Today we will finish watching Act III Scene i of Hamlet. The version of the "To be or not to be" speech that we are watching is considered to be one of the top performances done of this scene. We will discuss the aspects of the acting that qualify it as "good", and  we will talk about how the movie portrayal is different that you had envisioned as we were reading it.

After that, you will have time to read Act III scene ii on your own.

With whatever time is remaining, you may free read!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Day 105!

Today we will start by "teaching" the words that you began researching yesterday!

After that, we will move on to Act III, scene i. This scene is a big one!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Day 104!

Today we will finish watching Act II of Hamlet! That should take us about 30ish minutes to finish up.

After that, we will break up for another vocabulary session! Our words for this week are:


Tomorrow we will begin reading Act III of the play! Woo hoo!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Day 101!

Happy early out (Wednesday)!

We'll start today by discussing Act II scene i, which you were to have read for today! After that, we will move on to scene ii and get as far as we can in that! It's going to be a great day!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Day 99!

Happy Monday!

Today, we will start by taking some time to wrap up our work with Act I of Hamlet. On Friday, you just got started with your Hamlet Advice Letters before the bell rang. You will have about 15-20 minutes today to work on those and get them turned in!

After that, we will watch act I in the 1996 film version of the play! Woo hoo!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Day 96!

We are inching closer and closer to the big 100! Woo hoo!

Today we will start by finishing up scene 3 of Hamlet. Then, we will take a break from the play for our weekly vocabulary! (Yay!)

Your words for the week are:


Remember, when you are working on your word's presentation, you need to include:

  • the word
  • part of speech
  • definition in your own words
  • example sentence
  • visual representation
  • fun way to remember that word

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Day 95!

Congratulations on making it to Tuesday!

We'll spend some time discussing scene 2 of Hamlet at the beginning of class today. We will identify and discuss the key lines that you picked out, summarize the action, discuss your initial impressions of Claudius, Gertrude, and Hamlet, and answer any remaining questions you may have.

Then, we will move on to scene 3!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Day 94!

Happy Monday!

As a large group, or in partners, please finish reading Act I Scene ii. (We left off on page 27). As you are reading, please write down any lines that you think are key to the scene. Also, be sure to keep your scene notes up to date.

Remember for your notes, you should be including:
Scene Number
Primary Characters
Summary of the Scene
Questions that you have

We will discuss the scene tomorrow!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Day 92!


Welcome back!

So, to start the day, we are going to show off your AWESOME Shakespeare conversations to the class, and we are going to try to figure out what the original conversation was about. It's going to be a blast!

Then, we'll get to reading Hamlet!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Day 91!

Happy Wednesday!

Today we will continue to work with Shakespearean language. We'll go through a few different exercises (they are going to be SWEET), and then if we get some time, we will go ahead and get started with the play. Whoop Whoop!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Day 90!

Welcome back! I hope you made it through the Polar Vortex without any major issues!

Today we will begin with our "run down" presentations! Since the last time you met with your groups was Friday, I will give you about 5 minutes at the beginning of class to re-prepare for your presentation. Remember:

  • Everyone must present part of their groups' "run down" presentation
  • Must use technology
  • Must be interesting
Once we have finished with those, we will move on to talking about Shakespearean language! It's going to be a blast!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Day 89!

Happy Friday! Thank goodness we made it this far!

Today, we will get started with our next play focus...Hamlet !  Yay!

For the first part of class, you will be separated into groups of three. Each group will be responsible for putting together a brief "run down" presentation on background information of Hamlet.

Your guidelines for this activity are:

  • everyone must present part of the "run down"
  • must use technology
  • must be interesting...come up with a new and fun way to present the material to the class 
The topics are: 
  • Character "run down" 
    • Who's who in the play
      • How are they connected to each other (maybe a visual connection map would be a good idea)
  • Plot "run down"
    • NO spoilers! Just give us the basic beginning/ background information
    • Find an awesome way to do it
  • Theme "run down" / Historical Background "run down" / Review of characteristics of tragedy "run down" 
    • What are some of the themes we may be seeing?
    • Where did the idea for this play come from?
    • Remind us of what the characteristics of tragedy are (check old notes) 
You will have about 25 minutes to work on this assignment, and then we will present to the class! 

If we have time after presentations, we will spend some time talking about how we are going to handle Shakespeare's language !

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Day 88!

Welcome back!! I hope you all had an enjoyable break, and that you are totally stoked to get back to work.

Today we will start with a new seating chart as we have sadly lost a few of our fellow English IV-ers.

Then, we will take a look at your semester exams and discuss the correct answers.

After that, we will begin with our new vocabulary program! If you remember last semester, you will remember that we started with a program called Commonly Confused Words. Well, after the teacher report card, many students provided feedback stating that they wanted to study different types of words and in a different manner. So, I have combined several different types of words (commonly confused words, college prep words, words that make you sound smarter) for our vocabulary studies this semester. Our first words are:

that vs who

For these words, you will need to start a running vocabulary document where you can keep track of your notes, as our word bank will continually build. We will take quizzes over our words every 2-3 weeks, and each time you will be quizzed over the growing list.

To learn these words, you will be placed into groups (we'll number off). Each group will be responsible for presenting one word to the class. Your presentation should include:

  • the word
  • part of speech
  • a definition IN YOUR OWN WORDS (I'm not interested in what Google thinks it means)
  • an example sentence that uses context clues 
  • visual representation of the word (picture: drawn or electronic)
  • a fun way to remember it (pneumonic device)