Mr. Scott

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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.

Homework
  • First period: review (if not already completed).
  • Second period: Victorian England project.
  • Fourth and sixth periods: none.

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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.

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Fourth and sixth periods went through their final rehearsals before filming. Second period had their final day of research, and first period worked on their animations.

Homework
  • First period: review due at the end of the week.
  • Second period: dialogue due at the end of the week.

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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.

Second period continued with research for their Victorian England and Great Expectations project. I provided second period with a tentative rubric for their project.

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.

Homework
  • First period: review (final draft due Friday 15 May 2009).
  • Second period:
    • complete two pages of research notes;
    • complete literary terms review.
  • Fourth and sixth periods: none.

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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.

Homework
  • First period: complete character analysis.
  • Second, fourth, and sixth periods: none.

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We finished acting out Much Ado in fourth and sixth periods, so all classes are now done with the play. We’re working on group discussions, which will continue through the end of the week.

Second period finished Great Expectations today. We’ll start working on the research project tomorrow.

Homework
  • First, fourth, and sixth periods: none.
  • Second period: write a short paragraph detailing two ways the novel’s ending can be interpreted.

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Argh! I just wrote this and it disappeared.

The short version: everyone’s finished or nearly finished with major reading units.

Homework
  • First, fourth, and sixth periods: complete the study guide for Much Ado.
  • Second period: none.

I’ve been experimenting with xtranormal.com, wondering how I could use it in class. It was easy enough to make today’s update with the software:

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Homework
  • First period: second draft (and first draft, if not already completed) of review.
  • Second period: read chapters 56-58
  • Fourth and sixth periods: complete study guide through number 39.

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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.

Homework
  • First period: first draft of review.
  • Second period (reminder):
    • chapters 53-55;
    • sentence type review (2 pages).
  • Fourth and sixth periods: complete all materials for the fourth act.

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We continued with Much Ado. First period finished watching the video and will complete their classroom version of the play tomorrow. Fourth and sixth periods finished up the first scene of act four.

Homework
  • First and second periods: none.
  • Fourth and sixth periods: complete the first two selections from “The Play in Our Own Words”
Much Ado, All Around

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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.

Much Ado About Nothing quarto
Much Ado About Nothing quarto

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

Homework
  • 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.”
Act III and Social Class

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Second period worked on comparing a few characters who are in different social classes but have similar temperaments and personalities.

First period completed act three and began act four. The deceived Claudio has made his intentions regarding Hero clear.

Dogberry and Verges by Robert Meadows
Dogberry and Verges by Robert Meadows

Fourth and sixth periods completed act 3. Dogberry made his grand entrance.

Homework
  • First and fourth periods: none.
  • Second period:
    • read chapters 53-55;
    • complete grammar exercises.
  • Sixth period: complete the first “Shakespeare in Modern English” passage for act three.

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First, fourth, and sixth periods all worked on Act III of Much Ado About Nothing. We’re learning about the function of the third act in almost all of Shakespeare’s plays.

Warning! There are Great Expectations spoilers in this post.

Second period was cut short due to a math competition, so we were unable to complete the planned material.

There are a number of coincidences in any Dickens novel. We took the short amount of time we had and made a class list.

  1. Pip’s benefactor is Estella’s father.
  2. Havisham chose Pip; Havisham had adopted the daughter of the convict Pip had just met in the marshes.
  3. Jaggers is Magwich’s lawyer and has Molly as housekeeper.
  4. Jaggers is Havisham’s and Magwich’s lawyer.
  5. Magwich was involved with the two men who swindled Havisham, who would later adopt Estella, Magwiche’s daughter.
  6. Orlick, who hates Pip more than he hates just about anyone, works for Havisham.
Homework

None

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.

Homework

Second period: read through chapter 52.

Second period now knows who jilted Miss Havisham and the “gentleman’s” connection to Pip’s benefactor. We worked on seeing the story from different characters’ points of view.

First, fourth, and sixth periods finished act 2 of Much Ado About Nothing.

Homework
  • Second period: read chapters 44-47.
  • Sixth period: complete the third and fourth entires in “Shakespeare in Modern English”