English I Honors students finished up the textual analysis of Romeo and Juliet by examining the poetic mechanics of Romeo’s final speech just before he dies:

Let me peruse this face.
Mercutio’s kinsman, noble County Paris!
What said my man, when my betossed soul
Did not attend him as we rode? I think
He told me Paris should have married Juliet:
Said he not so? or did I dream it so?
Or am I mad, hearing him talk of Juliet,
To think it was so? O, give me thy hand,
One writ with me in sour misfortune’s book!
I’ll bury thee in a triumphant grave;
A grave? O no! a lantern, slaughter’d youth,
For here lies Juliet, and her beauty makes
This vault a feasting presence full of light.
Death, lie thou there, by a dead man interr’d.

Laying PARIS in the tomb

How oft when men are at the point of death
Have they been merry! which their keepers call
A lightning before death: O, how may I
Call this a lightning? O my love! my wife!
Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breath,
Hath had no power yet upon thy beauty:
Thou art not conquer’d; beauty’s ensign yet
Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks,
And death’s pale flag is not advanced there.
Tybalt, liest thou there in thy bloody sheet?
O, what more favour can I do to thee,
Than with that hand that cut thy youth in twain
To sunder his that was thine enemy?
Forgive me, cousin! Ah, dear Juliet,
Why art thou yet so fair? shall I believe
That unsubstantial death is amorous,
And that the lean abhorred monster keeps
Thee here in dark to be his paramour?
For fear of that, I still will stay with thee;
And never from this palace of dim night
Depart again: here, here will I remain
With worms that are thy chamber-maids; O, here
Will I set up my everlasting rest,
And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last!
Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you
The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
A dateless bargain to engrossing death!
Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide!
Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on
The dashing rocks thy sea-sick weary bark!
Here’s to my love!

Drinks

O true apothecary!
Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.

Dies

We will finish up the discussion Moday.

English 8 students today prepared for the coming stems text (next Thursday). We’ll have a bit more prep throughout next week.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete today’s analysis;
    • watch the vocabulary video on Moodle (for the article of the week);
    • continue working on the soundtrack project.

In English I, students watched parts of the Romeo and Juliet movie. Students also worked discussed, worked on, and reviewed Act Four.

In English 8, students arranged the desk according to the work done in the past on the desk and then had a Socratic Seminar. We practiced new speaking skills.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on the article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • work on article of the week;
    • read act five;
    • work on the project;
    • answer the act four discussion question.
4.3 and Socratic Seminar

In English I, students started work on their Act Four Scene Three Comics.

In English 8, students discussed desk layout for Socratic Seminars and the rules of Socratic Seminars.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • work on Article of the week.
  • English I Honors: 
    • finish comics;
    • work on article of the week; and
    • work on act four study guide.

In English I honors, students went over Subtext with Romeo and Juliet Act Four scene one, two, and three.

In English 8 students worked in groups and presented on the Seven Habits of a Effective Teen.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on Article of the Week.  
  • English I Honors: 
    • work on the article of the week;
    • reread Act Four scenes one, two and three.

English 8 students finished up their presentations today. We’ll be using them tomorrow in our discussions we begin tomorrow.

English I students began act four, looking at subtext in the first two scenes.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • re-read 4.1 and 4.2;
    • complete the study guide for 4.1 and 4.2.
Chess

As I am the sponsor of the Hughes chess club, it’s fairly obvious that I love chess. I try to share that love with everyone, including my four-year-old son. Right now, we’re working on learning how the pawns move.

chess

English 8 students did their usual Friday inference and article of the week work. Any student that didn’t complete inference practice four need to do so this week or over the weekend.

English I Honors students worked on their project by assessing students’ articles in the workshop on Moodle. We also debriefed our new and apparently popular form of test which uses confidence-based marking.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: complete inference practice four as needed.
  • English I Honors: 
    • assess “Decoration Day” paragraphs on Moodle;
    • read 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 from Romeo and Juliet.

In English I, students finished up act three, looking at subtext in scenes two, three, four, and five. We also finished up the study guide in anticipation of tomorrow’s test on act three.

In English 8, students had a final day of preparation for their effective habits pretensions tomorrow.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • work on presentation for tomorrow as necessary;
    • work on the article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • prepare for tomorrow’s test on act three;
    • turn in the “Decoration Day” paragraphs by tomorrow (will be switching to assessment);
    • work on the article of the week as necessary.

English I students looked at subtext (reading secondary meanings into text) and began examining how it plays out in 3.2, 3.3., 3.4, and 3.5 of Romeo and Juliet. We introduced the idea with Ned Guymon’s “Conversation Piece.”

English 8 students finished up their outlining and worked on their final presentation. We’ll have practice presentations tomorrow before finishing up the unit later this week.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: 
    • prepare for the presentation later this week;
    • work on the article of the week as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete the study guide for act 3 (test Thursday);
    • review the act 2 test analytically;
    • turn in the “Decoration Day” paragraphs at the Moodle site (as necessary);
    • work on the article of the week as necessary.

English 8 students had a little time today to finish up their presentations for the Seven Habits book we’ve been working on in class.

English I students had a quiz on 3.2-3.4 before going over the scene that changes it all: 3.5. We only made it through an express version of the scene today, though. We’ll be focusing on 3.2-3.5 tomorrow.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: work on the article of the week (two pages this week) as necessary.
  • English I Honors: 
    • re-read 3.5;
    • complete the study guide;
    • work on the article of the week (two pages this week) as necessary.

English 8 and English I Honors spent the short class time (due to career day) finishing up their individual projects.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: complete the article of the week for Monday.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read 3.2, 3.3, and 3.4;
    • complete the two paragraphs on “Decoration Day” (if you didn’t in class today);
    • complete the article of the week for Monday.
Project Start and Project Continuation

English I Honors students began the big Romeo and Juliet project in earnest today. We examined at the song “Decoration Day” and began figuring out at how it could be connected to the play. A recording of part of the class is available here.

Third period’s notes:

3-1

3-2

3-3

Fourth period’s notes:

4-1

4-2

4-3

English 8 students continued with their Seven Habits unit after looking at the article of the week:

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Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete the planning for the second paragraph about “Decoration Day.”

English 8 students made good progress on their Seven Habits project, and we’re on track to finish the initial work before Thanksgiving break.

English I Honors students went through 3.1 by making tableau vivants. We’ll be adding a little bit of social media fun into it tomorrow.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: complete 3.1 study guide on Moodle.