Brainstorming for Sonnet Writing

25 Feb

Today we will be collecting ideas for our sonnets.  We will be working on rough drafts tomorrow, going to the computer lab a206 on Friday, and the final typed copy is due on Monday.

Quick writes- Spend about 3-5 minutes on each question.  Answer them thoroughly and explain your answers.  They are designed to help you come up with ideas for your sonnet.

  1. What are your thoughts on love and relationships?
  2. Who is someone that has wronged you?
  3. Who is someone that has helped you?
  4. What do you fear, what worries you, what keeps you up at night?
  5. If you could be doing anything right now, what would it be?
  6. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  7. What would you eliminate from your life (things or events)?
  8. Take any of your answers from the questions above and compare it to an animal.
  9. Take any of your answers from the questions above and compare it to weather/natural event (thunderstorm, deep freeze, tsunami, black hole, etc.).
  10. Take any of your answers from the questions above and compare it to a season or day of the week.

Your Sonnet will need to have the following…

  • 14 lines
  • 3 quatrains and 1 couplet
  • iambic pentameter
  • rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef gg

Shakespearean Sonnets

24 Feb

Today we will be studying Shakespearean Sonnets.  This will ultimately lead to our next writing piece, creating your own sonnet, which will be due Monday.  We will be in the computer lab a206 on Friday.

Today’s notes, sonnet, which should be copied into your notebook.

Copy the following sonnet into your notebook, and label the Quatrains, Couplets, Rhyme Scheme and Iambic Pentameter:

Sonnet #18 by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

3rd Quarter Rubric; Tone Exercises

23 Feb

Welcome Back!  I hope your winter break was great and you are ready for the second half of the school year, which is sure to fly by.

Today you will receive the 3rd Quarter Rubric.  This quarter will be slightly different from the past two.  For one, we will have a research paper, which counts for 25% of your third quarter grade (Seniors, it is also your midterm grade).  The other difference is the notebook grade.  In an attempt to simplify grading, the notebook will contain any assignments, reading activities, classwork and participation.  Each day your work will receive a 0, 1, 2, or 3, and at the end of the week you will leave your notebook in class.  At  the end of the week, you will be given a notebook grade of 0, 1, 2, or 3, based on your work for the week. Your final notebook grade, which constitutes 40% of your quarter grade, will be an average of these weekly grades.

Today’s Work

Quick Write:  Write for 5 minutes about your break. What were the highs and lows, good and bad points, favorite memories, etc.

Next we will review the skill Tone.  Copy the definition and examples from the link into your notebook.

Pay attention to how the tone of this movie trailer changes Mrs. Doubtfire into a horror film.

Now, using your quick write about your break, describe your break while creating a tone (scary, happy, tense, exciting, sarcastic, etc.)

Shakespeare Group Projects

13 Feb

Shakespearean Group Presentations!

For the last two days before break we are presenting our Shakespeare presentations to the class.  Take notes on your classmates’ presentations, as an open notebook quiz will be given on the information your classmates gave you.

Score Your Group’s Efforts

After all of the projects are finished, please submit a paper in which you divide up the percentage of work done by each member.  If all member have contributed an equal amount of effort into the project, divide the percentage evenly (a group of 4 would give each member 25%).  If you feel some members put in more than others, please indicate so (maybe Johnny did 40% of the work and Mr. Funk slacked off and only did 10%).

Presentations Start Tomorrow; Watching Films

11 Feb

Tomorrow we will begin our group presentations! We will start in order with Group 1, move through groups 2-6, and finish with group 7.  Be prepared to go tomorrow! If a group cannot go, the next group will be expected to go.

Remember our requirements:

Group 1: 2 slides per section (2 for Shakespeare’s biography, 2 for the Elizabethan Period, 2 for The Globe Theatre)… Include pictures to help the class visualize the time period.

Groups 2-6: 1 slide per scene and 1 slide per speech.  Be sure to include one quote per scene.

Group 7: 1 slide for each theme, 1 slide for each thought question, 1 slide for each symbol/motif.

During class we will be watching the film of the play.

Senior Trip Orientation, Work on Shakespeare Group Projects

9 Feb

Today, all senior classes will spend the period in the auditorium for the senior trip orientation.  Report to class for attendance and we will walk down together.

9th and 10th Grade:  Today we will meet in the library, in the back tables.  There we will use the netbooks to work on our group projects.  Go straight to the library.

Working on Shakespeare Group Projects

6 Feb

Today we are meeting in A206, the computer lab, to work on our Shakespearean Group Projects.

Be sure to use Google Drive’s Presentation app or Prezie.com to create your presentation.  (This will allow anyone in your group to access and work on your presentation at any time and location.  Also, it will make showing your presentation to the class easier).

Some guidelines:

Group 1: 2 slides per section (2 for Shakespeare’s biography, 2 for the Elizabethan Period, 2 for The Globe Theatre)

Groups 2-6: 1 slide per scene and 1 slide per speech.

Group 7: 1 slide for each theme, 1 slide for each thought question, 1 slide for each symbol/motif.

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