Thursday, September 30, 2010
HOMEWORK for today is to finish SAT exercises 5, The Macbeth comparison paper due (no exceptions for not turning it in!), and to print out the rubric for the essay. The MACBETH ACT V quiz and the SAT 5 quizzes are tomorrow, so study up.
The Macbeth comparison paper also needs the cited sources (in comments) and the paper linked here has all three moive sources and the mook source. For any more citations go to http://easybib.com/, but it is probably unnessecary.
Today in class, we also read the thrilling conclusion to Macbeth with quite a few dead. summary (contains spoliers)
So, two quizzes tomorrow with SAT and Essays due.
- SAT tomorrow
- Act 5 tomorrow
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
- Key Points: hands need cleansing and are dirty from the sins they commit, Macbeth says it the most
- Represented: guilt, death, literal blood, evil
- Key Points: it showed great connections between night (the need for cover of the actions), sleep (the death represented by blood), and hand (the need for blood to be washed away and cleansed), Macbeth and Lady Macbeth say blood the most
- Look at the audience... NOT THE SCRENE
- This doesn't mean the visual should show any less effort, but that you merely should KNOW what you're talking about
- How can this be fixed:
- Take notes up with you, there's nothing wrong with a note card
- BE EXCITED!
- Try recreating a scene to entice the audience and draw them in
- Think OUTSIDE of the box
- Remember the guidelines from previous presentations, but remember to EXPAND your horizons and PUSH your limits
- Ask for extra time if you and your group need it
- The Apparitions:
- The Armed Head: stated Macbeth should beware of Macduff
- The Bloody Child: said that no child born of a woman will hurt him
- The Child with the tree branch: told him of the successions of Banquo's descend and Birnamwood (a forest) must move to Dunsinane hill
- This one still hasn't mush meaning yet, but Smith says we'll know soon enough
- REMEMBER: the witches are out to make Macbeth over confident: by sharing these snippets of prophecies, he gets an extreme boost
- They aren't lying to him, they just aren't giving the full truth
- She's angry at Macduff for leaving her and makes it clear (to her son) that he is a traitor
- However, she doesn't know that Macduff is trying to save their country
- She and her son get murdered because Macduff wasn't there to be slain by another one of Macbeth's killers
- Remember: "With blood, there will be blood."
Friday, September 24, 2010
for the Macbeth paper and to go into Writing Lab on Tuesday and Thursday. Smith said 1st period on Tuesday is the best time to go because there are not as many people in there. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! PLAY HARD IN ALL YOUR GAMES THIS WEEKEND! GO WARRIORS!!!!!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Thursday, September 23
Today, we started off with the usual "Hello, Smith," which never gets old. Today's class went by very quickly, as we were having so much fun working on our word trace projects.
Today in class:
-we started off with a blog post, creating a topic sentence about the character named Jack in Lord of the Flies. The question was: In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, what does Jack most value and why?
-next, we got together with our word trace groups to work on our projects. The words that we have been assigned for this project are blood, hand, man, night, and sleep. These projects are due tomorrow!! Each group will explain to the class why Shakespeare repeatedly used this word in his play Macbeth, and the role that their word plays.
-SAT words Lesson Four is due tomorrow, with all of the exercises completed. We will have a quiz over Lesson Four tomorrow
-Lord of the Flies annotations are due on MONDAY. If you are still confused on annotations, here is a link to Smith's teacher page, which has a document on annotating: http://arapahoe.littletonpublicschools.net/Default.aspx?tabid=1924
-Our essays are due next Friday, October 1st
*For our essay, we can choose one of the three outlines/essays that we wrote on Macbeth, Lady
Macbeth, or the dagger scene.
-The word trace projects are due tomorrow
Have a great day!!
The rest of the hour was spent working on our Macbeth word trace projects. Using the different online tools that were talked about in class yesterday, ( Prezi, Wordle, Tagxedo, ect. ) each group tried to get as much done as possible.
Remember, we are presenting the Word Trace projects TOMORROW along with our SAT words being due and the corresponding quiz. On October 1st, our Macbeth papers are due and if you need help, go to Writing Lab in the Study center on Tuesday and Thursday.
Have a great day and see you tommorrow!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Today in class:
-exchanged back our third comparison paper edits
-clarified questions on SAT exercises
-took Act 3 Macbeth quiz in groups
-discussed alternative ways to present word traces with your group(words were: Man/Night/Blood/Sleep/Hand):
*Webspiration (make an account, you can collaborate with other group members)
*Photo Story/Movie Maker
(tomorrow in class we will have the whole time to work on our word traces with our groups)
Homework for tonight:
-LOF annotations/whole book due 9/27 (make sure you have answered all the blog questions about it, and put your "brain" in the book)
-Decide which of the 3 comparison papers you want to write for your final paper
-Final Macbeth comparison paper due 10/1 (use writing lab on Tuesday and Thursday)
-SAT #3 exercises due Friday 9/24 (test on Friday also!)
-Word trace projects will be presented on Friday 9/24
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
* annotate LOF (next Monday)
* SAT unit four (questions tomorrow, due Friday)
* word trace information (work on it tomorrow during class)
* edits (tomorrow)
* Macbeth Act III quiz (tomorrow)
*** you can reach the Powerpoint under Smith's page
*** helpful reasource if you are not understand Macbeth
- annotate LOF
- do lesson 4 of the SAT (all five exercises)
- the peer edits for the dagger scene are due tomorrow
- Act 3 quiz is also tomorrow.
Monday, September 20, 2010
• Introduce SAT exercise 4
• Check LOF blog-discuss LOF ending
• Collect outlines for paper and exchange (edits due on Wednesday)
• Begin Act 3, blog questions
• HW: Annotate LOF, SAT, scribe, edit outlines, word trace
First, we discussed the ending of LOF in detail and the symbolism in the book. This was a very in-depth discussion on multiple subjects.
Then, we exchanged the outline for the dagger scene using a game of musical chairs. We circled the desks until the music stopped and then we exchanged papers with whoever’s desk we stopped on.
Next, we acted out Scene 1 of Act 3 of Macbeth. We had to rush to put away our computers after that because we ran a little late the whole class period.
It is also why I finished this scribe post at 10 PM.
I hope everyone had a great day and i will see you all tomorrow!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
What did Macbeth mean? How does this ring true for Macbeth? How does this also connect to the situtation Jack and Ralph find themselves in Lord of the Flies. Also, include any final impressions of LOF. What did you think?
How did the annotating go for you? Did you feel as though there was a change in your learning/ understanding of the text? Are you seeing big connections to Macbeth?
Thursday, September 16, 2010
- like the having the "blinders on" and not being able to see anything but what they want
- this gives them the ability to have a great downfall if they start high up
- also most tragic heroes need power (Macbeth needed King Duncan's trust in order for him to come into his home and be murdered (oh the irony)
- Catharsis ( a cleansing, audience needs to feels like all is right again)
- Jack had courage to walk away from the main tribe
- Macbeth had courage to kill Duncan
- Ralph keeps urging everyone to keep the fire going
- Lady Macbeth has to continually push Macbeth towards the murder
- Piggy keeps getting put down by the other boys but he knows that what he has to say is valuable so he continues to speak
- Macbeth doesn't even consider getting caught-he must be very confident
- Jack is smart enough to know that his new troops need fire if they are going to cook the pig
- Macduff is able to put two and two together to be suspicious of Macbeth killing Duncan
Hope everyone has an awesome Friday and a wonderful Homecoming!!!
We started off the day with the usual “HELLO SMITH!” Then we exchanged our edits for the Lady Macbeth scene essays and outlines. I find editing fun because I just recently discovered how to do track changes and comments!
Next we did the word trace. Here are the five words: man, blood, sleep, night, and last but not least, hand. We found our assigned words in our Macbeth books and wrote them down to discuss them. The key is to look for connections to a tragic hero and what it takes to CTS (that’s challenging the system for any of you who don’t know). Using quotes from the word trace, the class was split into groups and we interpreted how the words were used in the play Macbeth.
o Tragic hero: actions lead to demise, has to have fatal/tragic flaw takes over them, Gilded image between real image and what’s inside, start from position of nobility and falls, audience needs to learn something; catharsis – cleansing, something good must come, tragic hero makes mistake and realizes it
o CTS: futile system (Macbeth), civilization/survival/fear /democratic – Ralph v. dictatorship – Jack (LOF), first be part of the system, think something is wrong and want to fix it, perseverance, determination, confidence, against society, not afraid to do what’s needed, curiosity/thinking differently – outside the box, organization – have to have a plan, needs follower/supporter
· Who says it the most?
Our homework for the night is reading LOF 9-12, SAT exercises, outline paper on the Dagger Scene due Monday, and to bring colored SPAM pictures and words.
That was all for today! Here's a link to Smith's teacher pages to see our agenda for the week. Click on week 4. I hope everyone's having a great Homecoming Week!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
- Look at the roots listed above: plunge, under; to come out of something; bringing something together; important, necessary; able to connect; to carry together
- "translate" can be broken down into the following roots: trans:across, through; lat: to carry. So "translate" means: to carry across
- elated; transfer, transpose
- "integr" means "whole" so...integrity; look at the roots again...we want to use “co”... correlate, collect; dismantle, disintegrate
- Sentence, adolescence, presents, entrance, ignorance, etc.
We then watched the videos for the Dagger Scene of Macbeth (Act II, Scene 1, Lines 33-64). A comparison paper is due Monday (I'll talk about that more below). These outlines are the choices we have for our final Macbeth paper (so do a good job on them!). Here’s my notes from the movies:
- Dark room
- Fog in background
- Macbeth mutters his words throughout the scene
- He appears to be very scared
- Seems to be literally seeing a dagger
- He then pulls out a real dagger
- The scene has a creepy feeling
- A hand bell sounds
- Rolls up sleeve as if he is going to murder the king soon after
- We don’t actually see him murder the king
- Appears as if he is close to mental breakdown
- Urban setting
- Setting is around a fire escape
- Macbeth thinks half the lines, says the other half
- Not whispering
- Seems to be literally seeing a dagger
- Pulls out dagger at same time as RSC version
- A church bell sounds
- Camera shot from top of fire escape shows him walking up right before murder
- Doesn't show him actually killing Duncan
- Seems to be outside the castle in the dark
- Imagined dagger is shown on the screen as if the viewer is inside Macbeth's mind
- Dagger is shiny
- Dagger floats above him
- He then draws the real one, but the imagined one still floats in front of him
- He thinks later part of the lines
- Actually shows Lady Macbeth pulling church bell
- Shows servants passed out on the ground, wine spilled all over
- Grabs servant's daggers
- Shows Macbeth entering King’s chamber
- Pulls covers off king using dagger
- King Duncan awakens
- Macbeth stabs him repeatedly
- Crown falls on grown (symbolic)
- King covered in blood
- Macbeth again stabs king in neck (to make sure he's dead)
We then talked about the outline that is due Monday. We’re just comparing the dagger scenes. Here’s the outline for our outline:
- Attention Getter
- Background Info
- Thesis (3 points of comparison) - could include: tone of voice, attention to dagger, camera work, setting, costumes, sound effects, music
- Body Paragraph
- Body Paragraph
- Body Paragraph
A couple of tips from Ms. Smith:
- Pay attention to when there is a dagger and when there is not in the movies
- In any paper if you write "In the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)..." you can then refer to it as "RSC" throughout the remainder of the paper
- To finish Lord of the Flies by Monday (annotations due the Monday after that)
- Finish Lesson 3 of SAT book by Friday
- Peer Editing of our outline that was due Monday is due TOMORROW
- Dagger Scene Outline Due Monday