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Act II quiz and scene summaries: Day 153 April 30, 2012

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1. Oral Quiz on Act II. We reviewed Act II with an oral quiz. We will have another oral quiz on Wednesday over Act III and then on Friday over Acts IV and V. We discussed how in Act II, scene i Mercutio mocks Romeo’s love by creating a blazon d’amour–a listing and praising of body parts on a lady–about Rosaline (“I conjure thee by Rosaline’s bright eyes, / By her high forehead and her scarlet lip, / By her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering things, / And the demesnes that there adjacent lie” !!!). Later, Romeo makes his own mini-blazon for Juliet (“The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars / As daylight doth a lamp. Her eyes in heaven / Would through the airy region stream so bright / That birds would sing and think it were not night.”) Check out this blazon d’amour:

0:30-0:45 and 1:43-1:55 (“Her eyes make the stars look like they’re not shining; her hair falls perfectly without her trying”) Bruno Mars obviously read the balcony scene.

2. Scene paraphrasing. Each student received a copy of one scene from Romeo and Juliet to analyze in greater depth and then perform with a group. Today, we began reading these scenes, sentence by sentence, paraphrasing after each. Groups will continue this work tomorrow.

HW: Read Act III for Wednesday (read half of it tonight). Read Act IV and Act V for Friday.

Listen to Act III online.

To download the entire recording click here: iTunes or Complete File.

Watch Act III before, after, or as you read here: (BE SURE TO PAUSE TO READ FOOTNOTES!)

*1978 version*

Act III, scene i

Act III, scene ii

start at 6:40

Beware – this version leaves off about 10 lines at the end of the scene.

Act III, scene iii

start at 5:00

Act III, scene iv

start at 2:23

Act III, scene v

start at 4:47

*other less accurate versions*

Act III, scene i

start at 3:49, and cuts the first 50-60 lines of the scene

start at 0:23, stop at 9:20, and then skip to 10:05 if you feel like destroying your soul or are just looking forward to Titanic with this kind of terrible 1996 version:

until 3:27, plus a few extra lines just to make sure the overly simplistic Hollywood audiences understand.

Act III, scene ii

watch 9:20-10:06 to see Clare Danes cut short Juliet’s monologue:

Act III, scene iii

watch 3:27-6:20, but then be prepared to skip 10s of lines at a time because this scene is so chopped up.

Act III, scene iv

9:05-9:35 only


Honors Project: Taming of the Shrew April 29, 2012

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If you are reading Taming of the Shrew for your honors project, you should read as much of it as you can this weekend and fill out your green Reading Guide as you go. You’ll need to finish reading both plays by this Friday.

Act I overview: Day 152 April 27, 2012

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1. Review. Students had two minutes to silently review Act I. Any students completing the Taming of the Shrew honors project should read it and fill out this reading guide by next Friday: Shrew Reading Guide side 1 Shrew Reading Guide side 2

2. Oral Quiz. Most students answered one question out loud about Act I for an oral quiz. These question-by-question grades will be averaged and posted as one grade at the end of next week.

3. Scene selections. All students chose three of these six scene to investigate in more depth next week: I.v (the party); II.ii (the balcony); III.i (the fight); III.v (the last kiss); IV.v (Juliet’s fake death); V.iii (the end).

4. Act II. If time, we began reading Act II together.

HW: Read all of Act II and fill in your pink sheet (reading guide) by MONDAY.

Listen to Act II online.

To download the entire recording click here: iTunes or Complete File.

Watch Act II:

Start watching at 2:48

And watch this amazing version of the balcony scene, which I saw live this summer:

Act I, scene i: Day 151 April 26, 2012

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1. Rephrasing blank verse. Today, we first worked on rephrasing Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter. Students rewrote the syntax of the following sentences:

  1. What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word…
  2. If ever you disturb our streets again…
  3. And Montague, come you this afternoon.
  4. O, where is Romeo, saw you him today?
  5. So early walking did I see your son.

2. Listening and reading. Next, we listened and read along to the rest of Act I, scene i. Students should read scenes 2, 3, 4, and 5 tonight for homework. (That’s all the rest of Act I).

HW: Read Romeo and Juliet, Act 1.

Listen here (start listening at 10:00, listen to 41:00). Be sure to read along as you listen.

To download the entire recording click here: iTunes or Complete File

Watch Act I:

Act I, scenes i and ii (Start at 1:10)

(beware: about 20 lines of scene i are omitted, 2 of scene ii are omitted)

Act I, scenes iii and iv.

Act I, scene v.

Passbacks: Day 150 April 26, 2012

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Today students got back graded papers, projects, and quizzes. We also looked at the benchmark results and students were allowed to ask questions.

HW: Read Act I of Romeo and Juliet by Friday. We will continue reading in class tomorrow.

Romeo and Juliet Act I, scene i: Day 149 April 24, 2012

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Today we first took a poetry quiz–the grades are already posted to the Parent Assist Module!

Second, we continued reading Romeo and Juliet by starting Act I, scene i, which grabs the attention of the audience with silly and sometimes bawdy humor. There is no reading homework tonight, but you should finish Act I by Friday.

Books are in! April 23, 2012

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Recommended edition for Honors (or any other edition with lots of footnotes)

If you ordered a book through me—good news! Books are in and you’ll get yours tomorrow.

Prologue to R&J: Day 148 April 23, 2012

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1. Do now. Today, we started class by writing about why anyone would go see a play/movie/tv show that they already knew the ending of.

2. Iambic pentameter. Students all wrote two lines of iambic pentameter about their weekends. Not so hard once you get the hang of it!

3. Romeo and Juliet background. We took notes on some basics of the background on our pink Reading Guides (pick one up from the classroom if you were absent).

4. Prologue. We read the prologue in pairs and took time to do some close reading of it.

HW: Study L22 for your poetry quiz tomorrow.

If in Honors, you should bring your own copy of the book to school. If you ordered one from me, you will get it early this week. Anyone who ordered from me, I have given you a school copy until yours comes in.

Listening to Romeo and Juliet April 23, 2012

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Listen as you read by clicking on these links from Librivox:


Act I

Act II


Act IV

Act V

To download the entire recording click here: iTunes or Complete File.

Romeo and Juliet through the Ages: Day 147 April 20, 2012

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Today students learned that Romeo and Juliet is actually a much older story than you’d think. It originated with Ovid’s Metamorphoses in around 8 A.D. and continued to change in form until Shakespeare wrote his version in around 1591. We even have new versions today (Romiette and Julio, for example).

1. Reflection on Stories through the Ages (download if absent). What kinds of teenage love stories do we have today? How do they usually end?

2. Share. We discussed similarities between typical teenage love stories and wrote up those similarities on the board.

3. Skits. Each group read a different source text for Romeo and Juliet and then presented a skit version of that story to the class. Read the stories here: Source Stories. Read about the stories here if you were absent: Romeo and Juliet: Something Borrowed, Something New

HW: If in Honors, get a paperback copy of Romeo and Juliet if you don’t want to lug around your textbook. Otherwise, none.