The king is dead.
Make sure, when we resume on Monday, that you are through II.3 in Macbeth.
The essay that you are writing this weekend requires at least three quotes in your supporting analysis. Quoting a verse-play like Macbeth can be tricky, but it must be done accurately. For your reference, here is a link to some information on how to do it. Scroll down to the sections "How to cite poetry" and "How to cite plays." It's quite simple.
Work well, rest up, and enjoy the long weekend. Holler with questions.
Remember that you will take your unit five vocabulary quiz on Monday, 18 November. After the quiz, we'll have our usual writing forum to discuss the tragedy of your Hobbit re-writes.
On Tuesday, we'll resume Macbeth. You should be up to the end of Act I, Scene 3 (I.iii). Even though we are reading it together in class, you should re-read at home to better familiarize yourself with the language and concepts. Our discussion is extensive and occasionally sprawling. Still, many of you are not taking notes.
At the end of this week, you will have a quiz on Act I. Over the Thanksgiving break, you will write an essay on the play. Prepare yourself.
See you anon.
Remember to read the introduction to the Renaissance (pp. 127-148) and to Shakespeare (pp. 164-165), and take good notes. There will be an open notes quiz to begin class on Tuesday.
Bring Macbeth on Tuesday.
No reading HW tonight. Just keep preparing for the quarterly on Wednesday.
Have Macbeth by Tuesday.
For Monday, 4 November, in the General Prologue of The Canterbury Tales, read the following portraits: the Cook (p. 68), the Skipper (pp. 68-69), the "woman from beside Bath" (known as the Wife of Bath, pp. 69-70), the Parson (p. 70), the Miller (p. 72), the Summoner (p. 74), and the Pardoner (pp. 75-76).
Read closely. Take good notes. Expect an assessment.
Have a fun and safe Halloween. Use wisely this time during the long weekend.
A few announcements and reminders...
Your first Quarterly Exam will be on Wednesday 6 November. It will cover everything we've done this quarter, including...
Reread certain sections (anything you don't understand or remember) of the material. Review all notes and old quizzes. Anything I've said or written or assigned is fair game to appear on the exam. We will do a brief review in class on Wednesday 30 October. Do not rely on this review to fully prepare you. Ultimately, you must prepare yourselves.
The day of the Quarterly is our usual vocabulary day. We will not do vocabulary on this day. Unit Five will be on Monday 18 November. Your first vocabulary project will be assigned this day.
We will continue with The Canterbury Tales for the next couple of weeks. Continue to bring your textbook.
You must have Macbeth in class by Tuesday 12 November.
I have posted another optional assignment for the first quarter. It is the memorization of the first 18 lines of The Canterbury Tales. I am giving you two options (a written assessment or an oral one). Please read the instructions carefully before you make a decision. Remember, you may only do one optional assignment.
Make sure you post the final draft of The Hobbit essay to Turnitin by 11:59 tonight.
That's all for now. Holler with questions.
Tomorrow is a quiz on unit four of vocabulary. After the quiz, we'll do a writing review. Be ready and be alert as you're in the final days before your essay is due. You do not need your textbook tomorrow.
The first quarterly exam will be on Wednesday 6 November. This is a day four, so we will not have vocabulary on that day. We'll review on Tuesday the 5th.
I just want to take this time to refer you to my policy on absence. If you miss class---for any reason---it is your responsibility to get the notes, turn in any work you missed, and arrange with me to take a make-up (if there was an assessment that day). If you do not take a make-up within a week of returning to school, that grade will become a zero. You must arrange a make-up with me. I will not always seek you out.
On Friday we'll continue with The Canterbury Tales.
Today we began our look at The Canterbury Tales with a brief introduction to Chaucer and the poem's historical background. On Wednesday we will begin to read the poem together, with a particular focus on (the opening lines of) the General Prologue. (What's the General Prologue, you ask? I'll tell you tomorrow.)
With The Canterbury Tales and on, in a few weeks, to Macbeth, we begin our journey away from the black-and-white world of warriors and wizards and villains, and into a messy, greyer world occupied by human beings and governed by the choices they make, the things they do. The codes of morality, so obvious and prominent in tales like Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, now become blurry, obscured. No magic here to guide our characters into heroic glory, only the recklessness of human greed and ambition.
Speaking of Macbeth...if you're going to purchase a copy, make sure you do so within the next few weeks.
Continue to bring your textbooks to class. Continue to work on your essays. Remember to prepare for the fourth unit of vocabulary on Thursday. The written copy of your in-class informal writing assignment from Monday is due to Turnitin on Friday. Here are the directions:
F-Period: Simply, tell a tale. Think about the tradition of storytelling that we've been examining since the beginning of the year. Think about how the tale of Bilbo is told in The Hobbit. Or of Gawain and the green girdle in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Or of Beowulf and Grendel in Beowulf. And on and on through this rich tradition. The tale may be anything, as long as it is original. (By original I mean that it cannot be a retelling of a famous tale or legend or myth. If it's a family story passed down through generations, that's fine.) Use the conventions we've seen in other tales from literature. Embellish a bit. Place it in some kind of a history. It should have an obvious theme, setting, and characters. It should be entertaining, and have a moral. The storyteller need not be known. It need not be true.
G-Period: Tell the tale of you: What is essential to who you are? Describe events, skills, character traits. Think of it like a written portrait of yourself. Make sure that it is written in the third person. The storyteller need not be known.
This weekend continue to work on your essay and to familiarize yourself with the basics of the Arthurian legends ("King Arthur" in the "Topics" section below). Remember to click through the links for the Knights of the Round Table, and the Holy Grail.
Also, in the "Links" column below, you'll find a page entitled "Thomas Becket Biography," one entitled "The Murder of Thomas Becket," and one entitled "Chaucer (Luminarium)." Over the next few days, go through these links and familiarze yourself with Chaucer, Becket, and some of the background for The Canterbury Tales. Read the two Thomas Becket pages in full.
Continue to bring your textbooks to class each day.
Holler with questions.
Continue to bring your textbook and The Hobbit to class. On Friday, we'll finish up Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and then jump into some more Arthur.
Take a look at the first optional assignment that I posted below and reviewed briefly in class. I'll post the next two sometime in the next few days.
Continue to work on revising your Hobbit essays.
At this point, everyone should have finished Fit 1 of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In class, I "filled in the gaps" for you about what happens in the second and third Fits. For Tuesday, read about when Gawain meets the Green Knight one year after their first encounter at Camelot. You will find this starting on page 90 of your textbook. It's worth noting that this is a different translation than the one we've been reading.
Furthermore, make sure you go through the guidelines for the final draft of your essay. In class we ran through it quickly; make sure you read through it on your own, and familiarize yourself with what is expected of you. Also read the formatting example that I posted.
Have a great weekend.
For tomorrow, read up to strophe 16 in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Tonight, read strophes 1-6 (up to "...Good beer and bright wine both") in Fit One of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
We've spoken often about how custom and convention are of great importance to the early British tribes, the Anglo-Saxons, and those in the middle ages. In this way they're not so different from us: Think about how you celebrate Christmas (or other holidays) and the traditions that you follow in doing so. There's a lot of respect and pageantry in SGGK, and we've seen this before (think of Beowulf's hailing of Hrothgar, and Welthow's raising of the cup). As you read tonight, think of these things. Get the setting straight in your head. And sew your head on tight, as we ride into the action in the seventh strophe.
Tomorrow you need not bring your textbook.
Tonight for homework you're going to finish analyzing the words in context from the Bede except. I've posted the directions and the words below in the "Files" section.
Basically, I'm asking you to explain how Bede uses those words. Also, you should consider and acknowledge if they different from the way they are normally used. Don't go crazy: two or three sentences should do the trick.
Remember to bring your SAT book tomorrow.
For Thursday, 10/3: Read the selection from Bede's "A History of the English Church and People" (pp. 33-34) in your textbook. Bring your textbook and The Hobbit to class on Thursday.
On Friday we'll do a little bit of SAT work. No textbook this day.
Begin to read the historical background to The Medieval Period in your textbook (pp. 43-54). Take notes. On Monday, you will have an open notes quiz on this section.
Using the worksheet on the Thesis Statement, posted in the Files section below, and our discussion today, come up with a thesis statement for any two subjects you wish (this should go without saying, but obviously they must be school-appropriate). In a Word document, complete the Four S outline. Then put it all together into one fluid statement. Post the document to Turnitin by Sunday night. If you wish to do more than two for practice, that's fine.
Stay focused; stay organized. Shout with questions.
Tonight for HW, read the final three sections of Beowulf in your textbook. Two of them--"The Battle with Grendel's Mother" and "The Fight with the Fire Dragon"--are mere summaries of those particular sections of the poem. The last section, "The Burning of Beowulf's Body," is in verse.
Make sure your have purchased the SAT book. 13th, 14th, or 15th edition is fine. We'll begin to work from it on Friday. You will not need your textbook or The Hobbit on that day, nor will you need those two books on Wednesday (vocab day).
Hope you enjoyed the Walk-a-Thon today. The weather was pristine.
Like Beowulf, I hope you showed your pride. And, like him, did so honorably--always honorably.
For Monday (which is Day Two, remember), read the next two Beowulf excerpts, "Unferth's Taunt" and "The Battle with Grendel," in your textbook.
On Wednesday you will have a quiz on the vocabulary words from Unit Two. If you need clarification on the meaning of any of the words, ask me. After the vocabulary quiz, we'll have a writing workshop. I should have your "mini-essays" back to you by this time.
Bring both The Hobbit and the textbook with you until I say otherwise.
Holler with questions.
Ok...made it through the Anglo-Saxon info dump. Sounds like a daytime game show.
Below you'll find the PPT from today. Study away.
Have your textbook and The Hobbit everyday until I tell you otherwise.
As I am discussing the Anglo-Saxons in class, at home you should be reading the "The Coming of Grendel" and "The Coming of Beowulf." Once again, there will be a quiz on Thursday.
If you did not submit to Turnitin last night's small writing assignment, please do so immediately.
Again, hang in there during these early days. We're still getting going, still finding a groove, and there's a lot of "stuff." Pay attention in class and do the reading. This is the easiest way to stay on point and set yourself in the right direction for the remainder of the course. And, always, ask questions if you have them.
A recap of what I told you about today:
Tonight, for homework, I'd like you write about something that makes you heroic. I do not necessarily want you to recap the time you saved your neighbor's cat from a tree, or when you helped grandma cross Queens Blvd., or when you dressed up as Batman last Halloween. Think about what makes Bilbo a hero--the perseverance, the choices, the continually outshining expectations, the retrun home, the wisdom gained, and so on. Write it into a paragraph, or two, or three. Mostly informal; be creative; be descriptive; be precise. Submit it to Turnitin by the start of class tomorrow.
Holler with any questions, about anything.
Just a reminder that tomorrow you will write the bulk of an essay on The Hobbit. In class you will be given a prompt, and then asked to formulate a thesis. After you've formed your thesis, come up with three examples from the novel that will support it. After this, you must devote one paragraph per example (so, three in total) to analyzing HOW the textual evidence supports your stance. You will have the opportunity to revise this argument and craft it into a full essay (with introduction and conclusion) over the next week.
What you should do to prepare:
You may use the novel, but nothing else, while writing tomorrow.
Remember to submit to Turnitin if you have not already done so.
Below, in the "Files" section, you'll find the "Hero's Journey" chart that I showed you today in class. Tonight, finish filling in the stages of the chart with examples from Bilbo's journey in The Hobbit.
In your notebook, number 1-12 and write each step next to the corresponding number. Then, find appropriate examples from the novel for each step. Write a brief summary of the scene and how it represents that stage. Use your own words. Simply writing page numbers or two-word answers is not acceptable. Remember that some of the stages will require more than one scene.
Keep bringing the novel to class. If you did not read it over the summer, you should be reading it now so that you'll be prepared for the essay that's coming up. If you read it but not well, or in June, you should be re-reading it now.
Shout with questions,
Starting on Thursday 9/12, please have The Hobbit in class.
On Friday you will have a quiz on the vocabulary words from Unit One. Just a reminder that you do not need to buy the vocabulary book if you do not wish to, as long as you're able to study the words and definitions (including synonyms and antonyms). There are a good number of used copies in the Writing Center (E-209) which you are welcome to take.
Your course requirements indicate that you must purchase the 15th edition of the SAT book. However, it's acceptable if you have the 14th edition (this is what's available in the bookstore).
If you have not yet registered for Edmodo or Turnitin, please do so. Feel free to begin using Edmodo.
Shout with questions.
For homework tonight, make sure to register for both Edmodo and Turnitin. You must use the codes and passwords I gave you in class.
Remember to review the course outline with your parents, sign it, have them sign it, and return it on Monday for a ten-point homework assignment. If you have any questions, please ask me tomorrow. If your parents have any questions, they are free to email me. We'll review in class any concerns, or anything we didn't cover on Friday.
As I was reviewing the requirements on Friday I noticed that I made a rather stark omission: my policy on turning in late assignments. (Just goes to show how easy it is to miss something, which is why we need to edit, edit, edit!) Here it is:
Remember that the summer reading test on The Hobbit will be on Wednesday, and your first vocabulary quiz, on Unit One, will be on Friday.
Enjoy the rest of this lovely day.
...but still he began to feel that adventures were not so bad after all.
Welcome to English 10! I'm looking forward to meeting all of you on Friday, and to the adventure on which we're about to embark.
I have posted the requirements for this course in the "Files" section of this page. Please review them, and have your parents review them. You do not need to print them out, because I will distribute copies in class on Friday.
I hope you enjoyed (or, are enjoying) The Hobbit. You will need to bring this to class, but not until Thursday, 12 September. On Wednesday, 11 September, you will take a reading comprehension test on the novel. After that, we will begin to discuss it in some depth.
See you all on Friday,
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