Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (A day)

May 29th, 2018

Today students looked at visual and film representations of their characters to examine how these characters have been envisioned in popular culture over time.

Due to the low turnout of seniors today, I awarded extra credit to those who attended and did this assignment. Those who were absent cannot make up this assignment.

Reminder: Homework from last Thursday/Friday is due by the end of school today and must be turned in on paper (no electronic submissions–I get far too many e-mails already!). Late assignments will receive a 10% point deduction. 

Thursday, May 24-Friday, May 25, 2018 (B and C days)

May 24th, 2018

Today’s goal: Understand and apply some Elizabethan language elements in order to deepen understanding of Hamlet and its characters

Our discussion of Elizabethan language and the language of Shakespeare’s plays will be guided by this PowerPoint: Hamlet quick language notes If you miss class, you should review this PowerPoint carefully and get notes from someone who was in class.

Students will then apply this information by doing this assignment: Textual analysis exercise Students will start this assignment in class and finish it for homework.

Homework: Finish the textual analysis exercise you began in class. 20 points, due next class. 10% penalty if received late.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (A day)

May 22nd, 2018

Today in class we will finish watching Hamlet and I will introduce our next steps in our brief study of this play.

If you miss class, you will need to watch the rest of the film or read the rest of the play (remember that I expect you to be comfortable with the plot and characters by the time we finish watching it). Additionally, you should read this document carefully:Hamlet Character Study 2018 And you should look at this PDF of a Google Slideshow that I created and that you will use as the template for your final project for this short unit: Hamlet Character Presentation Template

Homework: Choose your character for the character study unit if you did not do so in class. Then read the scenes in which your character appears (if you choose Hamlet, read the scenes that most interest you—Hamlet speaks over 1/3 of the lines in the play and is on stage most of the time, so you probably can’t read every scene he’s in).

Also, e-mail schabtach@4j.lane.edu to request access to the Google Slides template for the final presentation; you will need to make a copy of this template to make your own slideshow. In your e-mail, include the names of those in your group, if you are doing a group presentation (individual is OK too, and maximum group size is 4). Only one member of the group needs to e-mail me, but that person will need to share the copied slideshow with the rest of the group.

Week of May 21, 2018

May 21st, 2018

We are almost done watching Hamlet–I expect we will finish it Wednesday (maybe Tuesday in section 12B). If you have missed class, please be sure to watch a film version or read the whole play–I will expect you to be familiar with plot and characters.

If you missed the in-class essay on Sula, Mrs. Dalloway, or Anil’s Ghost, you must make arrangements to make it up–deadline for completing this essay is Wednesday of this week!

Also, graduation is approaching rapidly. Have you taken care of any incompletes or missing graduation requirements? Are you passing all your classes?

Week of May 14, 2018

May 14th, 2018

We will continue watching Hamlet in class this week–although we may pause if IB exams pull out an extraordinarily large number of students.

I will expect you to be familiar with the overall plot and characters of the play, so if you miss class, please watch a film version on your own or read the play (we will start regular reading assignments after IB testing concludes this week).

Reminder: If you have missing work, you need to get it completed as soon as possible. I will not be accepting last-minute late work at the end of the term!

Thursday, May 10, 2018 (A day)

May 10th, 2018

Students checked out the Folger Shakespeare Library edition of Hamlet. If you missed class, please stop by the AV room to check it out. If you have your own copy of the play, please make sure that the act/scene/line numbers match the one we’re using.

We continued watching the Kenneth Branagh film version of the play. We watched the rest of Act I and the beginning of Act II. If you missed class, you should read this part of the play or watch this film version (up to the 65-minute point)–I will expect you to be familiar with the plot and characters of the play.

Homework: None, unless you missed class, in which case see above.

Tuesday, May 8-Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May 10th, 2018

Most students were absent due to IB testing, so our curriculum was suspended for the day.

Monday, May 7, 2018 (A day)

May 8th, 2018

Today we read most of Act I, Scene 2 of Hamlet. We then watched this scene in four different film versions, and students voted on which one they want to watch in its entirety. Both students chose the 1996 Kenneth Branagh version–not my personal favorite, but impressive in its adherence to every single word of the text! So we will be watching that film in class in the coming weeks.

Homework: None. Good luck to IB test-takers!

Wednesday, May 3-Thursday, May 4, 2018 (B and C days)

May 3rd, 2018

I met with IB candidates and went over a packet of exam preparation materials. If you are an IB candidate who missed class, please e-mail me so I can send you the packet. (If you picked it up in History, you don’t need to e-mail me.)

Students who are not taking the IB exam read and performed the opening scene of Hamlet for the class. We will continue Hamlet next week.

Homework: None except preparing for IB exams! Good luck to those of you who are testing!


May 3rd, 2018