First period was able to go back to the computer lab to work on the Much Ado About Nothing projects. Additionally, some students should be finishing up their final drafts for the film review. It will count as late work, but that’s better than nothing.
Second period completed their practice with the MLA citation format. The research project will be due the Tuesday after this coming long weekend.
Fourth and sixth periods began reading Walter Dean Myers’ Monster.
First and second period didn’t meet because we were having the ELA pass test. Students later said it went fairly well.
Fourth and sixth periods had the first take of their Much Ado About Nothing scenes. We filmed the first take and will do one more day of filming. I’ll be using those takes to give students a grade. Here is the rubric for the project.
First period, theoretically, began working on a short animation project for Much Ado. However, the crawling pace of our local network made it impossible to accomplish very much. During class, I handed out the Much Ado About Nothing review rubric to students of first period.
Fourth and sixth periods began preparing for the filming project for Much Ado. They divided into groups, chose a scene, and began preparing. Sixth period was especially keen on getting their acting skills honed and delivering a sharp performance on Monday.
First period: review (final draft due Friday 15 May 2009).
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.