Tuesday, August 31, 2010


HW: read LOF, SAT, scribe

Lecture on Carls good scribe post

Trust exercises:

A bunch of friends are at a restaurant. One of their money gets stolen. Trust issues?

While walking home together, two close friends are walking together. They get told by a reliable source that one of them would get an attractive date, but they’d have to choose which one gets it. Trust issues?

An ambitious man sees an illegal way to become head of his company. He’s not sure he should do it. His motto: Maybe tomorrow. His wife is the opposite, with the motto: Just do it. Trust issues?

Don’t forget to respond to the new blog post!

‘Are you a trusting person?’

Your Elizabethan presentation grades are up. Go check them out!

Trust your friends, teachers, and family lecture.

Going into Macbeth, now.

Three videos:

Royal Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth

The English Shakespear Company’s Macbeth

Roman Polansky’s Macbeth

Three papers you must write.

My notes on Royal Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth:

Several men/women in a circle, being silent

Three witches

Non-understandable lines (German?)

Soldier, bloody, talking to king

One witch has a disease? Foaming at mouth

Macbeth and __ go find witches

Witches disappear

Are you a trusting person?

On a scale of 1-10, to what extent do you trust the people around you? Briefly explain your answer by responding to the questions below:· Do you completely trust your friends? Your family? Your teachers?· Do you think they would ever betray you? If so, why and how?· Could you ever betray them?· What types of situations make people betray others?

Monday, August 30, 2010

English Class of 8/30/10


First matter of the day, each student was handed an SAT vocabulary book and was told to write their names in the front cover. You are going to be required to memorize 15 words a week. Flip books to page 16. Complete lesson 1 until page 24 but do not do the writing portion. Make responses legible and neat. They are due Friday but do not take more than 15 minutes to complete. Wednesday is word day where you are quizzed on the words you learn and Fridays are the word tests. LOF annotation and blog also due Friday. All students are required to watch a video on Shakespeare as shown below the presentation notes. Take the Elizabethan presentation quiz on the computer and print it out. Sheet was passed around to sign the SAT books out. Globe Theater group came up first and presented their Prezi with small quizzes for the audience. They also asked class members to come up and give summaries of the facts they presented. Very creative presentation. Feudal System group went up and assigned every student a social position (i.e. serf, night, king). Members of the groups explained portions of their role of the social class they were assigned.

Globe Theater

• Globe theater built in 1599 with help of William Shakespeare

• Burned downed once

• No costumes and used bags of pig blood for death scenes

• Actors died/ injured in stunts

• Plays held in “Inn Yards” before theaters

• Many special effects and grand entrances

• Plays took place in afternoon and lasted around two hours

• Theaters used for many weird purposes and flags represented types of plays

The Feudal System

• King and queen pass out fifes to all nobles.

• King passed down to first born son in every generation

• Nobles gave land to nights and peasants.

• Laws restricted the wearing of certain clothes

• Clergy almost equal to nobles

• Clergy were spiritual leaders and were bonded to a church and they were much like priests.

• Knights were part of army and wore large portions of armor

• Hired by nobles for protections of land

• Serfs make up 90% of the population and were poor.

• Serfs lived poorly and farmed land for their higher ranking nobles

 Discovery Video

The Presentations and Public Humiliations of 8/27/10

Today was a fine and fun day.  Here is the home work and events of the day.

Homework of the day: Read LOF 1-3, blog response to initial impressions on the book,

These are the presentations that happened today.

Elizabethan Husbands and Wives:

• marriage could improve your social status

• Marriage was often arranged in the upper classes of society

• It was foolish to marry for love and children were expected

• Husband were the leader of the house

• Husbands had to take care of the family and the income

• Husbands were nice to their family’s

• Wives ran the home and organized it

• Wives were supposed to be submissive and the weaker sex

• Raised the children

The globe theater:

• A central role

• A troop was unable to pay their lease so they moved across the river

• People had so much fun

• Then the theater burned down by a cannon

• Then it was rebuilt later

• Plays during this time were simple and not well organized

• Huge props

• This method caused people to steal their plays

• Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, And Mc Beth

Elizabethan Social Structures and The Feudal System

• Surfs are the lowest in the social system

• The clergy has much power in the system, the pope is at the top

• Much of these higher class people had elaborate clothing

• Queen Elizabeth helped to improve people’s lives and was a big contributor in the feudal system

Tragic Heroes:

• Tragic heroes enriched the story giving it depth

• Something for the blog (We interrupt this blog for and important message…..)

• Tragic heroes were often neutral nor good or bad

• They choose to follow their heart not their head

• These heroes include, Hamlet, Romeo, Juliet, and Macbeth

Friday, August 27, 2010

Date: D-Day a.k.a due date a.k.a August 27, 2010

Today in English 9 honors we came into class, worked for 5 minutes to finish up our projects and then started to present. The first group to go was the group on King James. They made a movie about a guy needing help on a Macbeth research project. He seeks help from a king he found in Burger King who retells his life story. The next group to go was witch craft. They made a power point and showed a video clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. They brought up volunteers to be accused of being a witch and tried them for being witches. Most of them died. I counted two survivors out of ten. After them came husbands and wives. They too had volunteers come up and act out different types of skits. The group after them was tragic heros who also had people come up and act out a skit. We did not get through all of the of the groups so we will finish up on Monday. Over the weekend we need to read and annotate the first 3 chapters of Lord of the Flies. Also we need to blog about those chapters on the Class Blog.

Shakespearian English- August 27, 2010

Today in Mrs. Smith’s Honors English class, we came in and looked at the PowerPoint of today’s agenda, got out our laptops, and gave her the usual “Hello Smith!”. Then she told us about the scribe for the class, which is a student who posts everything that happened on that day onto the class blog. That way, if a student is absent on a day, they can go to the blog and see what they missed. After that, we all split up into our groups to work on the Macbeth Research Project and made sure that we had everything finished up for tomorrow. While we were doing that everyone signed up for a day or two of being the scribe, and Mrs. Smith did more of the writing conferences. Last, we need to have read the first three chapters of Lord of the Flies and annotated them by Monday.

- posted by John P.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Duct Tape 8/26/10

       In today's class, Mrs.Smith opened up with the normal PowerPoint, which contained a part on the Daily Scribe. The job of the scribe is to tell what happened over the course of the class on the blog. I just HAD to volunteer and everybody else signed up for a day over the course of several weeks. The class then spit into groups to work on the Macbeth project. My group is planning on doing a skit to act out the construction and plays of the Globe theater. We're so going to fail. Mrs.Smith held writing discussions with the students that couldn't make it on any common off hours, and the rest I assume are going to go before or after school at some point. HW for today was to read LOF and finish projects, they are due tomorrow.

LOF 1-3

In the spirit of creating great discussion amongst my two classes, I want you to discuss with one another what you think of LOF so far? What are your initial impressions? What questions do you have? Can you help to answer one another's questions? Talk to me people!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


What are the qualities of good teachers? of good students? of a good class?

Think about your answers before you post them. Make sure to proofread your response. Also, make sure to come back and comment upon one another's comments. Do you agree or disagree with what they are saying?

Summer Reading

Over the summer, you were asked to read at least two novels of your choice.
1) Briefly tell me what you read, including the titles and authors.
2) I want to know what you liked about the books, what you learned and, more importantly, what matters to you about the book's content.

*Make sure to adhere to proper conventions and proofread your response. If, for some reason, you did not read two novels, tell me about two novels you have read and answer the above.