Ms. Hargraves’ English 12 Honors Class

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Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18-19 March 19, 2008

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 9:47 am

On Tuesday, we played a Macbeth bingo review game.  We also worked a little on sonnets and discussed the major test for Wednesday. 

Test is on Wednesday… sonnets are due on Thursday.  Remember to continue working on Senior Projects.   


Monday, March 17 March 17, 2008

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 10:48 am

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We read and discussed several examples of sonnets today.  Students in the class have an assignment.  They must write an original sonnet and submit it by Thursday, March 20.  The sonnet must contain the following features:

  • 14 lines
  • ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyme sceme
  • Three quatrains plus a rhyming couplet (organization)
  • Problem/solution (organization)
  • Iambic pentameter (daDUM daDUM daDUM daDUM daDUM)
  • A clear, logical theme

The sonnet must be typed and must include at least one image and a colorful border. 


Thursday and Friday, March 13-14 March 14, 2008

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 2:23 pm

We finished reading and viewing the play Macbeth.  On Friday, students did 32-second skits based on the play.  This was very funny!  The class actually managed to act out the play in 27 seconds.  We also looked at several quotations from the play, identified the speaker, addressee, and context and then discussed them as examples of paradox or equivocation. 


Wednesday, March 12 March 12, 2008

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 11:25 am

We finished reading Act IV today.  Students then created a wanted poster for Macbeth.  We will share these posters tomorrow and move on to Act V. 


Discussion Question for March 10-16

Filed under: Discussion Question — hargraves @ 8:42 am

If you were going to compile a soundtrack for Macbeth, what songs would you include?  Why?  Identify at least five songs you would choose and explain your choices. 

Your response to this discussion question is due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 16. 


Tuesday, March 11 March 11, 2008

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 11:47 am

Students shared their motifs visuals today.  They covered blood, death, insanity, and manliness.  I went over the remaining motifs with the class.  We then moved on the witches’ cauldrons and discussed how the ingredients and Macbeth’s willing interaction with the witches reflect his evil nature.  We then read more of Act IV, getting through most of Scene 1. 


Monday, March 10

Filed under: Agenda — hargraves @ 11:45 am

Today students finished assignments they began last week–the witches’ cauldron close-reading activity and the motifs chart.  Some students finished early and viewed clips from the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s performance video.