Tag Archives: QuickWriteWednesday

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

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.

Continue Viewing Shakespeare, Complete Worksheet

4 Feb

Today we will continue our viewing of our Shakespearean plays.  During your viewing, complete the following worksheets.

12th Grade: Hamlet film watching questions

9th Grade: romeo and juliet film watching questions

10th Grade: Othello film watching questions

Vocabulary Work

21 Jan

Today we will be working on vocabulary.

Here are the worksheets:

12th Grade  Vocab 12 Unit 3 – Ditto

9th Grade  Vocab Unit #3-9th grade

10th Grade Vocab 10 unit 2 test

Tomorrow Notebooks will be checked!

Film vs Novel; Reading Reactions Due Friday

14 Jan

Today we will be viewing the film versions of our novels.  Please take note of any significant plot discrepancies you notice, and consider why movie directors/ producers would choose to change the story as they have.

Reading Reaction 2 is Due Friday

For reading reaction 2, you are asked to discuss any social commentary in our class novel (1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Of Mice and Men).  It should at least a page, double spaced with 12 point font.  Here’s a nice way to organize your response.

Body Paragraph 1:  Discuss any message or lesson the reader can take away from the story that relates to social commentary.  How does the author get across a message about the world we live in.  Give examples from the story.

Body Paragraph 2: Write about how that message relates to the world we live in.  Is it accurate?  What are some examples of events that support/refute the novel’s messages?

PS Notebooks Are Due Tuesday!


Social Commentary: Banksy, Calvin and Hobbes

7 Jan

Today we will spend a lot of time discovering topic ideas for our social commentary piece.

Quick Writes: For each of the following images, what statements are being made about society and perhaps life in general?

Calvin and Hobbes


Reading, Questions, and Quick Writes

17 Dec

12th Grade:

Quick Writes:

  1. Listen to Stevie Wonder’s Big Brother.  What elements of the story is he referring to? How is he comparing the condition of Oceania to his own?
  2. Look at the info-graph above.  What are the dangers of information being under control of a select few companies.  Are there benefits?

Complete the following questions on 1984 Section Two by Friday.

9th Grade:

Quick Write:  Write about a time you were bullied, picked on, or excluded from a group.  Who did you handle the situation?

Reading Of Mice and Men in class.

10th Grade:

Quick Write: Write about a time when you either took or did not take the moral high road.  Have you ever done something (or not done something) even though you didn’t want to, because it was the right thing to do?

Reading To Kill a Mockingbird, chapter 11-19.  Answer these questions To Kill A Mockingbird by Friday.