I am back! I apologize for the hiatus last week!
Is anyone else in shock that by the end of the week we will already be in November? I cannot believe how quick this year is passing and how much we have been able to accomplish! Freshmen are plowing through public speaking skills, while the seniors are excelling at reading Othello! I am so proud of all that you have been accomplishing!
But, we need to remember that we are in the countdown to midterms. I know that the holidays are coming, and we have a break in the middle, but we have to maintain focus all the way through.
I also want to put the reminder out here that if you are struggling, you don’t understand a concept, you’ve never heard of something before ask for HELP! There is NO shame is asking for help! No matter what the question is or the issue is, I am here to help you. So are your other teachers and our administrative team! We want to help you succeed and learn, but if you do not ask and talk to us, we may not know you need help!
P.S. Don’t forget that Wednesday is a 1/2 day! You will run through your regular schedule, but the classes will be shorter!
Ok – onwards to the class specific week breakdowns, both of which now include the famous Bard!
On Monday (AKA Day 1 for all), all freshmen are meeting me in the library during your respective class times! I will be introducing the independent reading assignment for quarter two and you will be given a chance to find a book in the library. Do not take this time for granted! You can find all of the independent reading assignment information on Google Classroom, as well as through this link, which will take you to the page under CDS English Grade 9.
For homework you will complete a grammar diagnostic. I know that you have already completed one, but I would like you to complete a different one. You will need to sign up for quill.org using your CDS Google Account. This needs to be completed by Friday November 2, 2018 by 11:59pm.
On day 2 we will begin our unit on Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We will read an article from The Odyssey and watch a TedTalk. Then we will discuss them and aim to answer the question: Why do we read Shakespeare so many years later?
On day 3, we will addressing the question: How do we read Shakespeare? We will be practicing with photo analysis first!
For homework you will need to read a portion of the plays introduction. I will hand out the books in class and let you know which pages you will need to read. I will ask you to annotate these pages too!
Then, on Day 4, we will take what we learn through photo analysis and apply it to the first twenty line of our play!
On Monday and Tuesday, we will discuss Act II, i. I will be asking you to read Act II, ii for homework on Tuesday evening. Don’t panic! It is less than twenty lines of text!
When we reconvene on Thursday we will read Act II, iii – which will also take us into Friday’s class.
Over the weekend, you will be creating a Facebook profile for a character that discusses the events of the play through their eyes of Acts I & II, as well as making modern day connections to their world. I will be asking for you to connect at least two essential questions into your profile. I will show you how to do this in class on Friday!