Mr. Scott

Third and fourth periods had Socratic Seminars to discuss the question of who is responsible for Juliet’s “death” (i.e., her faked death). Fifth and sixth periods worked on Quizlet, getting accounts set up for class sets.


  • English 8 Studies: use Quizlet to review the first set of Frederick Douglass words.
  • English I Honors: 
    • review the Socratic Seminar;
    • revise your argument to include specific textual evidence.
Figurative Language, Mood, and Subordinate Clauses

English I Honors students worked on the EQ “How does Shakespeare use figurative language to set the mood in a scene?” when examining Juliet’s soliloquy in 4.3, just before she takes the potion:

Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.
I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins,
That almost freezes up the heat of life:
I’ll call them back again to comfort me:
Nurse! What should she do here?
My dismal scene I needs must act alone.
Come, vial.
What if this mixture do not work at all?
Shall I be married then to-morrow morning?
No, no: this shall forbid it: lie t`hou there.

Laying down her dagger

What if it be a poison, which the friar
Subtly hath minister’d to have me dead,
Lest in this marriage he should be dishonour’d,
Because he married me before to Romeo?
I fear it is: and yet, methinks, it should not,
For he hath still been tried a holy man.
How if, when I am laid into the tomb,
I wake before the time that Romeo
Come to redeem me? there’s a fearful point!
Shall I not, then, be stifled in the vault,
To whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in,
And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes?
Or, if I live, is it not very like,
The horrible conceit of death and night,
Together with the terror of the place,–
As in a vault, an ancient receptacle,
Where, for these many hundred years, the bones
Of all my buried ancestors are packed:
Where bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth,
Lies festering in his shroud; where, as they say,
At some hours in the night spirits resort;–
Alack, alack, is it not like that I,
So early waking, what with loathsome smells,
And shrieks like mandrakes’ torn out of the earth,
That living mortals, hearing them, run mad:–
O, if I wake, shall I not be distraught,
Environed with all these hideous fears?
And madly play with my forefather’s joints?
And pluck the mangled Tybalt from his shroud?
And, in this rage, with some great kinsman’s bone,
As with a club, dash out my desperate brains?
O, look! methinks I see my cousin’s ghost
Seeking out Romeo, that did spit his body
Upon a rapier’s point: stay, Tybalt, stay!
Romeo, I come! this do I drink to thee.

She falls upon her bed, within the curtains

Students determined the eight concerns she has with taking the potion and then examined the text for the use of figurative language.

English 8 students added a new skill for reading tough texts like Frederick Douglass’s autobiography: finding subordinate clauses. We’ll be using this skill to simplify sentences.

We finished up with some practice identifying them.


  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read 4.5 again.
Antecedent Work and Subtext Completion

English I students finished up their work on 4.1 and 4.2 and subtext. We’ll be tackling 4.3 tomorrow.

English 8 students (almost) finished up their first part of the Frederick Douglass memoir.


  • English 8 Studies: complete the F. Douglass text marking.
  • English I Honors: re-read 4.3.
Pronoun Antecedent Application and Subtext

English 8 students began applying our pronoun-antecedent knowledge by looking at one of our anchor texts, “From Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.” We began with a bit of review from yesterday’s work that also expanded into a bit of work that was new (numbers 7-10).

Afterward, we hit the text, marking the text for a number of items, including antecedents.

“Good readers are always keeping track of pronouns and antecedents,” I explained, especially in challenging texts.

English I Honors students began applying the knowledge of subtexts to scenes 4.1 and 4.2, looking at all the layers of meaning in simple phrases like Friar Laurence’s line “That’s a certain text.”


  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: finish assessing your “Decoration Day” paragraphs (at Moodle).
Antecedents and Subtext

English 8 students began working on a unit having to do with Frederick Douglass. Because the passage we will be working on is so challenging, we did a quick overview of pronouns and antecedents.

English I students began working on subtext and all the ways it can be imparted.


  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: read act four in its entirety.  Focus on the elements below based on your assigned group from this morning.
    • Group 1: 4.1 Juliet
    • Group 2: 4.1 Friar Laurence
    • Group 3: 4.1 Paris
    • Group 4: 4.2 Juliet
    • Group 5: 4.2 Capulet
Snow Day 2018

When I lived in Lipnica, I never had a snow day. There was snow on the ground the entire winter — you just had to live with it.

Tatra Mountains on the Polish/Slovak border

Enjoy your day off.

The Cranberries were a pretty big deal when I was in college. Their lead singer died unexpectedly at age 46 today, just one year older than I am.

Mortality knocks at your door.

“Linger” was their big hit my junior year in college.

English I students had their two-part test on act three from Romeo and Juliet today. It will be on the third-quarter reporting period.

English 8 students finished up the work on objective summaries, a skill we will apply several times throughout the rest of the year.

Standards for Today

English 8

  • RI-6.1 Provide an objective summary of a text with two or more central ideas; cite key supporting details to analyze their development.

A classic from the prog-rock band Yes: “I’ve Seen All Good People.”

The music is fantastic, but it would be nothing without those costumes!

Finishing Up Benchmark 2 Part 1 and Preparing for a Test

English I Honors students worked on preparing for Tuesday’s test with some Quizlet Live fun.

We used these quizzes:

English 8 students finished up their district-mandated, two-day benchmark test.