A fairly simple day: all periods except second period continued working on the discussion project for Much Ado About Nothing. Most classes will have a test on the play after PASS testing, probably a week after tomorrow.
Second period began doing research for their Great Expectations project.
First period is now done — done — with Much Ado About Nothing. Well, we’re done watching it. We’ll be writing reviews of the Kenneth Branagh adaptation, which we viewed concurrently with reading it in class.
Fourth and sixth periods have probably two more days.
First period: first draft of review.
Second period (reminder):
sentence type review (2 pages).
Fourth and sixth periods: complete all materials for the fourth act.
Because much of second period has left on the Beta Club trip and we’re nearing the conclusion of Great Expectations, I decided to take a break with the nine remaining students and not finish the book with less than half the class present. Instead, we’re joining all other periods to watch Much Ado About Nothing. As students have experience with Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet earlier in the year, they should be able to sit back and enjoy one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.
First period completed the fourth act today.
Fourth and sixth finished and reviewed the third act before watching the first half of the first scene of act five. We discussed the violent reaction Leonato has and the view of yesteryear that a daughter “belonged” to the father
First period: complete act four “Putting the Play in Our Own Words.”
Second period: none.
Fourth and sixth periods: complete act three “Putting the Play in Our Own Words.”
Today, all classes watched curriculum-related films. Second period, as there were many students absent for the fifth-graders’ visit, watched student-selected scenes from Great Expectations. First, fourth, and sixth periods watched the first two acts of Branaugh’s production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Second period learned who Pip’s benefactor is. We began transitioning to the question of point of view.
First period went through most of act II of Much Ado. Fourth and sixth also worked on act II, but began the day with a little arts and crafts session, spending fifteen minutes working on masks for the masquerade scene.
First, fourth, and sixth periods began Much Ado About Nothing. They’re quickly seeing how difficult it can be to act on the fly. We’ll be spending class time — now that I’ve shown then and not simply told them — preparing each day before working as a class to act out the play.
Second period discussed the reading for the evening and Pip’s self-loathing as evidenced by his behavior when Joe comes to London to visit him. We’ll be working with characterization tomorrow.
read chapters 30-33;
complete one additional character word-splash;
revise three existing multi-word descriptions by finding an appropriate adjective;
work on theme database (courses.ourenglishclas.net).