Archive | February, 2016

Continue Analyzing and Annotating Sonnet #18

29 Feb

Today we will likely spend most of the class interpreting, analyzing, and annotating Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day”

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Sonnets; Finish Group Project

26 Feb

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If there are any remaining groups that need to present, we will finish those today.

Sonnets

We will begin our study of the Shakespearean Sonnet.

Here are our notes for the day: sonnet

We will be studying Shakespeare’s “Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day.”

Here’s a simple example from Teenink.com

A Sports Sonnet

Hot weather makes practices exhaust me.
Stressful drills leave teams down and sorrowful.
During rest, we get shade under a tree,
Afterwards we all feel more powerful.

As games start, player’s energy released.
The coaches encouraged and reassured.
Score becomes tied and needs to be increased,
Another point is scored and win secured.

Feelings of joy and triumph fill the court.
The other team is sad and defeated.
We celebrate this great, wonderful sport.
If all goes right, it shall be repeated.

Through hard work and dedication the game is won.
This phenomenal sport is very fun.

Group Projects Continue…

25 Feb

Wednesday and Thursday we are continuing our group presentations.

Please remember to take notes as you watch the other groups present!

Group Projects Begin!

23 Feb

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Today we will begin presenting our group projects.

Although it would be great to have the groups go in chronological order, sometimes things come up (group members are absent, unprepared, alien abductions, etc.). Because of this we may have to go out of order. All groups should be prepared to go today!

Best of luck!

Last Day to Finish Shakespeare Group Projects!

22 Feb

Welcome Back From Break!!

Today we will have one last chance to work on our Shakespeare Group Projects. Presentations will begin tomorrow! All groups are expected to be ready to present.

Hamlet Group Project

Romeo and Juliet Group Project

 

Work on Shakespeare Projects

12 Feb

Today we are working on our group projects. Classes will meet:

Period 1 D114
Period 4 A206
Period 5 Library on Chromebooks
Period 8 Lab

You should be nearing completion. Presentations will begin on Tuesday Feb. 23rd. Every group should be prepared to go on Tuesday!

A helpful site: On Sparknotes, there is a version of the entire play with the original Elizabethan text next to a modern translation.

Hamlet

Romeo and Juliet

How to Make an Effective PowerPoint

11 Feb

 

Here are some notes on how to make an effective PowerPoint. how to make a powerpoint

Use this as a guideline for creating your group’s PowerPoint for your Shakespeare project.

Today we will be in the Library (Period 1 computer lab) to work on our Shakespeare group projects.


Romeo and Juliet Group Project:

For this project, you will be working with a group to create a PowerPoint presentation about parts of Romeo and Juliet. Your group will give your PowerPoint to the class. Approximate time for the presentation is 7-10 minutes. Be sure to use pictures and direct quotes (with act, scene, and line numbers) in your presentation.

Useful Sites:

http://www.shakespeare-navigators.com

http://www.folger.edu

http://www.shakespeare-online.com

http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk (mostly for Group 1)

 

Group 1: The Time Period

 

Your group will be discussing the historical aspects of Shakespeare. Be sure to discuss the following:

 

  1. Shakespeare’s Life

Give Biographical information about William Shakespeare. When did he live, what was his family life like? Discuss his education, marriage and children. Discuss his success as a playwright, and some of his plays. Did he do any other types of writing besides plays?

(Useful resource: www.folger.edu -click “Discover Shakespeare” and follow links)

 

  1. The Elizabethan Time Period  

When was the Elizabethan period? Why is it called “Elizabethan?” What was life like? What are some historical events happening around that time? Discuss some of the customs, especially marriage and courtship. What was life like for women? Discuss fashion, holidays, and popular trends. What were some beliefs, superstitions, and medical practices? What problems did people face? Were the people divided into classes?

(Useful resource: http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk )

 

  1. The Globe Theatre

Present information about the theatre the plays were performed in. What did the theatre look like? How large was it? When and where was it built? Discuss the actors, the stage, and how the performances were put on. How/when did it burn down? Discuss the audience, who attended the plays?

(Useful resource: www.folger.edu -click “Discover Shakespeare,” then “Shakespeare’s Theatre”)

 

 

Group 2: Act I

 

Your group will discuss Act I of the play. Be sure to discuss the following.

 

  1. A brief summary of each scene. What is happening? How have the characters changed and developed? Choose an important line or speech from each scene to enhance your summary.

 

  1. Important speeches: Explain the speech and the events surrounding it. How does it connect to main themes of the play, Why is it important?

-Discuss the speech by Prince Escalus (1.1.76-99)

-Discuss the speech by Mercuitio (1.4.53-94)

 

 

Group 3: Act II

 

Your group will discuss Act II of the play. Be sure to discuss the following.

 

  1. A brief summary of each scene. What is happening? How have the characters changed and developed? Choose an important line or speech from each scene to enhance your summary.

 

  1. Important speeches: Explain the speech and the events surrounding it. How does it connect to main themes of the play, Why is it important?

-Discuss Romeo’s speech (2.2.1-24)       -Discuss Friar Lawrence’s speech (2.3.1-31)

 

 

 

 

Group 4: Act III

 

Your group will discuss Act III of the play. Be sure to discuss the following.

 

  1. A brief summary of each scene. What is happening? How have the characters changed and developed? Choose an important line or speech from each scene to enhance your summary.

 

  1. Important speeches: Explain the speech and the events surrounding it. How does it connect to main themes of the play, Why is it important?

-Discuss Juliet’s reaction to Tybalt’s death (3.2.73-84)

-Discuss Romeo’s speech to Friar Lawrence (3.3.30-52)

 

 

Group 5: Act IV

 

Your group will discuss Act IV of the play. Be sure to discuss the following.

 

  1. A brief summary of each scene. What is happening? How have the characters changed and developed? Choose an important line or speech from each scene to enhance your summary.

 

  1. Important speeches: Explain the speech and the events surrounding it. How does it connect to main themes of the play, Why is it important?

-Discuss Friar Lawrence’s plan (4.1.90-121)

-Discuss Juliet’s soliloquy (4.3.14-58

 

 

Group 6: Act V

 

Your group will discuss Act V of the play. Be sure to discuss the following.

 

  1. A brief summary of each scene. What is happening? How have the characters changed and developed? Choose an important line or speech from each scene to enhance your summary.

 

  1. Important speeches: Explain the speech and the events surrounding it. How does it connect to main themes of the play, Why is it important?

-Discuss Romeo’s soliloquy (5.3.74-120)

-Discuss Friar Lawrence’s speech (5.3.233-274)

 

 

Group 7: Major Themes and Symbols

 

Your group will be discussing some of the major themes of the play. Discuss two themes, answer the thought questions and discuss two Symbols/Motifs.

 

Romeo and Juliet:

Themes: love, hate, revenge, loyalty, old vs. young, fate vs. free will, a theme of your choice

Thought Questions: Who is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? How has Shakespeare depicted women?

Symbols/Motifs: stars, poison, sweet sorrow, light and dark, Shakespeare’s use of oxymoron

 


Hamlet Group Project

For this project, you will be working with a group to create a PowerPoint presentation about parts of Hamlet. Your group will give your PowerPoint to the class. Approximate time for the presentation is 7-10 minutes. Be sure to use pictures and direct quotes (with act, scene, and line numbers) in your presentation.

 

Useful Sites:

http://www.shakespeare-navigators.com

http://www.folger.edu

http://www.shakespeare-online.com

http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk (mostly for Group 1)

 

Group 1: The Time Period

 

Your group will be discussing the historical aspects of Shakespeare. Be sure to discuss the following:

 

  1. Shakespeare’s Life

Give Biographical information about William Shakespeare. When did he live, what was his family life like? Discuss his education, marriage and children. Discuss his success as a playwright, and some of his plays. Did he do any other types of writing besides plays?

(Useful resource: www.folger.edu -click “Discover Shakespeare” and follow links)

 

  1. The Elizabethan Time Period  

When was the Elizabethan period? Why is it called “Elizabethan?” What was life like? What are some historical events happening around that time? Discuss some of the customs, especially marriage and courtship. What was life like for women? Discuss fashion, holidays, and popular trends. What were some beliefs, superstitions, and medical practices? What problems did people face? Were the people divided into classes?

(Useful resource: http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk )

 

  1. The Globe Theatre

Present information about the theatre the plays were performed in. What did the theatre look like? How large was it? When and where was it built? Discuss the actors, the stage, and how the performances were put on. How/when did it burn down? Discuss the audience, who attended the plays?

(Useful resource: www.folger.edu -click “Discover Shakespeare,” then “Shakespeare’s Theatre”)

 

 

Group 2: Act I

 

Your group will discuss Act I of the play. Be sure to discuss the following.

 

  1. A brief summary of each scene. What is happening? How have the characters changed and developed? Choose an important line or speech from each scene to enhance your summary.

 

  1. Important speeches: Explain the speech and the events surrounding it. How does it connect to main themes of the play, Why is it important?

-Discuss King Claudius’ speech to Hamlet (1.2.89-119)

-Discuss Hamlet’s soliloquy (1.2.131-161)

 

 

Group 3: Act II

 

Your group will discuss Act II of the play. Be sure to discuss the following.

 

  1. A brief summary of each scene. What is happening? How have the characters changed and developed? Choose an important line or speech from each scene to enhance your summary.

 

  1. Important speeches: Explain the speech and the events surrounding it. How does it connect to main themes of the play, Why is it important?

-Discuss King and Queen (2.2.1-26)       -Discuss Hamlet’s soliliquy (2.2.536-595)

 

 

 

 

Group 4: Act III

 

Your group will discuss Act III of the play. Be sure to discuss the following.

 

  1. A brief summary of each scene. What is happening? How have the characters changed and developed? Choose an important line or speech from each scene to enhance your summary.

 

  1. Important speeches: Explain the speech and the events surrounding it. How does it connect to main themes of the play, Why is it important?

-Discuss Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy (3.1.63-97)

-Discuss Hamlet (3.4.155-171)

 

 

Group 5: Act IV

 

Your group will discuss Act IV of the play. Be sure to discuss the following.

 

  1. A brief summary of each scene. What is happening? How have the characters changed and developed? Choose an important line or speech from each scene to enhance your summary.

 

  1. Important speeches: Explain the speech and the events surrounding it. How does it connect to main themes of the play, Why is it important?

-Discuss Hamlet and King (4.3.20-39)

-Discuss King and Laertes (4.7.122-177)

 

 

Group 6: Act V

 

Your group will discuss Act V of the play. Be sure to discuss the following.

 

  1. A brief summary of each scene. What is happening? How have the characters changed and developed? Choose an important line or speech from each scene to enhance your summary.

 

  1. Important speeches: Explain the speech and the events surrounding it. How does it connect to main themes of the play, Why is it important?

-Discuss Hamlet (5.1.93-105)

-Discuss Hamlet and Laertes (5.2.217-245)

 

 

Group 7: Major Themes and Symbols

 

Your group will be discussing some of the major themes of the play. Discuss two themes, answer the thought questions and discuss two Symbols/Motifs.

 

Hamlet:

Themes: revenge, mortality, madness, corruption, appearance vs. reality, power, a theme of your choice

Thought Questions: Is Hamlet truly insane? Is Hamlet a virtuous character? Is Hamlet responsible for Ophelia’s death?

Symbols/Motifs: disease/poison, weeds and flowers, frailty, supernatural, uncertainty, Yorick’s skull, Hamlet’s clothing