Romeo and Juliet

Both English I Honors and English 8 students have completed units today — more or less.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: prepare for the stems test tomorrow.
  • English I Honors: prepare for the act four/act five test tomorrow.

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.

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.

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 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.

English 8 students began working in earnest on the preparation of their presentations and outlines of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

English I Honors students finished up act 2 and gave 3.1 a read-through before the test tomorrow.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: prepare for the act 2 test.
Soliloquy and Habits

English 8 students continued with the Seven Habits of Effective Teens work. We’ll be working on it through out next week.

English I Honors went through the friar’s soliloquy in 2.3:

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Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read 2.4 and 2.5;
    • work on the study guide;
    • continue with the 2.2 discussion question.

English 8 students began working on their final project for outlining and The Seven Habits book.

English I Honors students looked at two versions of 2.2 (the famed balcony scene) to compare pacing, body language, and vocal tone to determine which version was most realistic.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 

English I Honors students went over 2.2 in Romeo and Juliet. We’ll be finishing the second act this week in a bit of a sprint.

English 8 students got ready to begin the outlining project we’ll be doing, which is connected to our seven habits work.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • read 2.1 and complete the study guide;
    • re-read 2.2 and complete the study guide;
    • read 2.3 and complete the study guide. (All of these are available at the Moodle site.)

English I Honors students completed their work on the first act of Romeo and Juliet. We’ll be having a test tomorrow on act one.

English 8 students continued with our new STEAM unit, which will involved the habits of effective people. We’ll be returning to and applying our outlining skills shortly.

Homework
  • English 8 Studies: complete and turn in (at Google Classroom) the social students book chapter three outline we did in class.
  • English I Honors: prepare for tomorrow’s test.
Social Studies Outlines and Mab

English 8 students continued working with their outlining work in their social studies book. One class finished today; the other will finish tomorrow.

English I students went over 1.4 and the famous Queen Mab segment:

O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.
She is the fairies’ midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate-stone
On the fore-finger of an alderman,
Drawn with a team of little atomies
Athwart men’s noses as they lie asleep;
Her wagon-spokes made of long spiders’ legs,
The cover of the wings of grasshoppers,
The traces of the smallest spider’s web,
The collars of the moonshine’s watery beams,
Her whip of cricket’s bone, the lash of film,
Her wagoner a small grey-coated gnat,
Not so big as a round little worm
Prick’d from the lazy finger of a maid;
Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut
Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub,
Time out o’ mind the fairies’ coachmakers.
And in this state she gallops night by night
Through lovers’ brains, and then they dream of love;
O’er courtiers’ knees, that dream on court’sies straight,
O’er lawyers’ fingers, who straight dream on fees,
O’er ladies ‘ lips, who straight on kisses dream,
Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues,
Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are:
Sometime she gallops o’er a courtier’s nose,
And then dreams he of smelling out a suit;
And sometime comes she with a tithe-pig’s tail
Tickling a parson’s nose as a’ lies asleep,
Then dreams, he of another benefice:
Sometime she driveth o’er a soldier’s neck,
And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats,
Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,
Of healths five-fathom deep; and then anon
Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes,
And being thus frighted swears a prayer or two
And sleeps again. This is that very Mab
That plats the manes of horses in the night,
And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs,
Which once untangled, much misfortune bodes:
This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs,
That presses them and learns them first to bear,
Making them women of good carriage:
This is she–

We finished the whole segment in record time — one day!

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Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete 1.5;
    • complete the study guide for 1.5.
Outlining and Love

English I students worked on the various views of love that various characters have in Romeo and Juliet.

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English 8 students began applying their new skills in outlining to their social studies book.

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Homework
  • English 8 Studies: none.
  • English I Honors: 
    • complete the graphic organizer from class today (as needed);
    • read 1.4 from the play;
    • begin working on the study guide for 1.4.

English 8 students did their standard Friday inference work while English I students had an odd, uncommon split day. Third period students had a guest speaker for Red Ribbon Week, and so fourth period had a bit of make-up time to get caught up.

Homework