May 21-24, 2019

I hope that you have started reading your lit circle book.

Tuesday–we will plan out lit circle meetings then read Act III, i

Wednesday–form groups and prepare Act III skits

Thursday–first Lit Circle meeting–make sure that you come prepared!  Afterwards, we will rehearse skits

Friday–present skits 🙂

Mrs. G.

 

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May 13-17, 2019

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Well, we’ve completed reading the first Act and have met most of the main characters.  Over the weekend, make sure that you have completed the Quote worksheet–this will allow you to review the entire Act.

Plan for this week:

Monday–discuss quotes and wrap-up Act I.  Read Act II, i.

Tuesday–short Quiz on Act I.  Review some of the stuff we looked at in the introduction along with characters and events.  Afterwards, we will read scene 2 and do some math.

Wednesday–read scenes 3 & 4.  Scene 3 is known as the “Porter” scene and is one of the only examples of comic relief in the play.

Thursday–wrap-up Act II and watch film.

Friday–quick Act II overview project.

I hope you have started reading your Lit Circle book.  We will plan out meetings right after the long weekend.

Mrs. G.

 

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May 6-10, 2019

You have all been given your lit circle books so make sure that you start reading to get a jump on things.  Aim to read about 75 pages over the next 2 weeks.

A plan for the coming week:

Monday–we will read Act I, scene v and do some activities.  You will do a close read of scene vi on your own 🙂

Tuesday–we will be going across to the bus in the Centre parking lot to take part in the Tour for Humanity.  Our class is one of only six selected to take part.  It should be great.

Wednesday–we will read scene vii to finish up the first Act.  Afterward, we will watch the first part of the film.

Thursday–we will work on Act I projects.

Friday–present projects during the second half of class.

Expect a short Quiz on Act I on Tuesday 14th.

Mrs. G.

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April 29-May 3, 2019

Time for Shakespeare!

This week we will begin our study of Macbeth.  You will need to think back to what you learned in grades 9 & 10.  How many Acts are in a Shax play?  What does “tragedy” mean?  What is catharsis?  How do you define a tragic hero?

We should begin reading the play on Wednesday.

Mrs. G.

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April 15-18, 2019

Has anyone written anything for the DHS poetry contest??  Why don’t you try your hand . . .

This week:

Monday–you will get your essays back and we will do some work with them.  Then, you will take a close look at a sonnet for me.  Make sure you have reviewed types of sonnets, development of argument, etc.

Tuesday–Metaphysical poetry with an examination of John Donne’s “The Flea” (very strange poem) followed by The Dramatic Monologue and the reading of “My Last Duchess” (another rather disturbing one)

Wednesday–Late Modern English and timeline exercise to sum-up what you have learned about the evolution of English

Thursday–Poetry Test.  You will be given a poem to break apart and analyze.  The test will be open book so make sure your notes are complete and well-organized.

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Enjoy your long weekend,

Mrs. G.

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April 8-12, 2019

I hope you are enjoying our stroll through the evolution of the English Language.

Thank-you to everyone who submitted their Keeper essays.  I will aim to get these back to you on Wednesday.  After that, I will not be accepting any more papers.

This week:

Monday–“Canterbury Tales” group project.  You will have one class period to complete.  We have already done the background for this.

Tuesday–Poetry:  Rhythm and Meter; read “The Nature of Poetry”

Wednesday–Early Modern English–should be getting way easier to decipher.  We will look at the Ballad which was popular at this time

Thursday–Sonnets + group exploration of one I have selected for you

Friday–Metaphysical poetry and John Donne (the master of this genre)

Term One ends on April 12th.

Ciao,

Mrs. G.

 

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April 1-5, 2019

Thanks for the Elder presentations–much enjoyed by all!

You should be well into your Keeper essays by now–remember, they are due on Wednesday, April 3rd.  I will be around for extra help at lunch and after school if you’d like to run your rough drafts and ideas by me.

Here is a plan for the week for our study of the Evolution of English:

Monday–we will finish off our brief history of Britain–you should learn about the influence of the Romans, Jutes, Saxons, Angles and Vikings (about the first 1000 years of the common era).  We will prepare some maps and then do an “Old English Dig”.

Tuesday–we will look at The Epic as a form of poetry and read a version of the very famous “Beowulf”.  You will have some questions to complete for homework tonight.

Wednesday–essays due today (late marks will apply).  We will start an introduction to poetry, in general, and you will get some more terms to add to your list.

Thursday–we will continue with our introduction to poetry and poetic devices.

Friday–we will take a look at Middle English and begin to read parts of “The Canterbury Tales”.  (The language should be getting much easier to decipher!)

Ciao,

Mrs. G.

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