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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 Begins! Shakespeare!

3 Feb

Welcome back after the snow, testing, and more snow!

Today officially begins the third quarter.  We are half way finished!

Shakespeare Begins!

Today we will begin our study of Shakespearean plays.  We will start by viewing modern film versions of the play, just to acquaint ourselves with the plot.  Later in the week and into next week we will be doing group presentations. Please make sure you have a copy of the character lists and plot overviews.

12th Grade: Hamlet

Hamlet character list

Hamlet Plot Outline

9th Grade: Romeo and Juliet

romeo and juliet pot outline

romeo juliet character list

10th Grade: Othello

Othello Character List

Othello Plot Overview

Commonly Mistaken Words

20 Jan

Today we will bush up on some commonly confused words, using this worksheet: grammar theytheretheir

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the notebooks check will be postponed until tomorrow!

Reading Tests; Social Commentaries Due

13 Jan

Today your Social Commentary (Writing Piece #4) is due.  Make sure you turn it in with a Writing Piece Reflection.

Reading Test

You will be given a test on the novel we have read in class (1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Of Mice and Men).  It is a written test that you will be allowed to use your book and notes for.  Good Luck!

Vocabulary and Social Commentary

6 Jan

Two Word Tuesday!

All Classes:
Satire: (N) the use of humor, irony, exaggeration to criticize and make statements.

Corroborate: (V) – to verify a story


Vagrant: (N) – a person without a home that wanders from place to place


Deride: (V) – to insult, express hatred towards

Listen to and analyze Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”



Continue Reading; Vocabulary

16 Dec

12th Grade:

Ubiquitous (adj)- ever present, found everywhere.  —- Ubiquity (n)- state of being everywhere

Ideology (n)- a system of ideas and beliefs that form a theory or way of life

Listen to/ discuss John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero.”


9th Grade:

Define the following words from Of Mice and Men: Aloof, meager, scowl, apprehension, contemptuous, arouse, reprehensible, pugnacious

Continue Reading, with chapter 4.

10th Grade:

Deferred: (v) put off to a later time, postpone

Fester (v)- left untreated to become infected

Read: Langston Hughes’ Harlem (A Dream Deferred)

“What happens to a dream deferred?

      Does it dry up

      like a raisin in the sun?

      Or fester like a sore—

      And then run?

      Does it stink like rotten meat?

      Or crust and sugar over—

      like a syrupy sweet?

      Maybe it just sags

      like a heavy load.

      Or does it explode?”

Reading and Tribute Pieces

9 Dec

Today you will have time to work on your reading or your tribute piece.  We will read a student example of a tribute piece, entitled “My Superman.”  Notice in the piece that an extended metaphor is used throughout, as the speaker compares her grandfather to a super hero who has rescued her.

Skill – Rule of Threes- When giving examples, 3 is a nice round number of examples to give.  It has a finality and satisfaction to it.  It is not too many and it is not too few, it is just right.  Here are some famous examples:

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”
“Blood, sweat and tears”
“Location, location, location”

More  info on the Rule of Threes:  HereHere, and Here  #SeeWhatIDidThere?!