Friday, January 30, 2009

Weekend Homework...

Work on your projects! That's all you need to do. Remember that each night you should spend some time reviewing your notes and the reading. Use the online version of Romeo and Juliet in that post's a great review!!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Awesome Link!

You all should check this link out:

It's the complete text of Romeo and Juliet with added in extras. Check it out!

Homework for 28/29 January

Today in class I gave you a handout that I would like for you to complete for homework. Please follow the directions on the handout and turn it into the box for credit.

Honors students - if you do not have a copy of Romeo and Juliet at home you can use this excerpt to complete your assignment:

O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear;
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!
So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,
As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows.
The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand.
Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!
For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.

Remember to continue to bring your books to class with you as we will be starting Act II of Romeo and Juliet next class.

Also - remember that if you are absent it is your responsibility to see me to get missing notes or missing work. If you are unprepared for a quiz due to the fact that you didn't get missing notes, I can't help you.

Work on your projects!!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Notes for B-day

We stopped discussion in 3B and 4B on page 813. Here is what you need to know about the last two pages of Romeo and Juliet.

1. Romeo and Juliet's first conversation.
* They speak to each other in a sonnet - check the rhyme scheme
* Fourteen line conversation.
* Romeo begins to speak in metaphors - he compares his lips to pilgrims
--- Note the religious imagery and tone.
* Juliet immediately picks up on this and responds in kind
--- Showing that the two of them have a connection and speak the same language.
* They kiss. Aww.

2. Romeo finds out that Juliet is a Capulet
* Remember the idea of Romeo being impulsive - he's getting the result of his behavior.
* Romeo says that his life now belongs to his enemy.
* Juliet then realizes that Romeo is a Montague
--- She has the same reaction as Romeo, "oh no!"
--- She hides this reaction from the Nurse

Questions to consider:
1. What is the effect of the give and take of Romeo and Juliet's conversation?
2. What do we learn when we see that Juliet knows that Romeo didn't dance?
3. What kind of literary device is on line 135?
4. Do you think that if they had known each other's identity before they met that they would have fallen in love and overcome their identity?

B4 - Remember to do the Who, Where, and When for I.5.

Everyone should answer these questions in their notes. Your quiz is coming next class - review vocabulary, your reading and your notes.

Study hard - study often!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Homework for 26/27 January

There are a few things that you need to do tonight:

1. Review your notes and your reading. You should review all notes and all reading for Act I.

2. Review your vocabulary notes up to and including number fifteen.

3. Written homework due to THE BOX: What is each character feeling about the Capulet party and what are they expecting from it? Choose three of the following characters and answer the questions: Romeo, Juliet, Benvolio, Mercutio, Paris, Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet, Tybalt, Nurse.

Each response should be about three to five sentences.

Study, study, study!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Next Week...

We're going to have a quiz on WordSkills and on what we've covered of Romeo and Juliet. You should be reviewing your notes nightly to prepare for this. Furthermore, A-day's schedule of recitations is off - I'll be rewriting this this weekend and giving you your new dates on Monday.

Keep bringing your books to class! Work on your projects this weekend!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009



Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Homework for after I.2

This homework assignment will need to be done after your class reads Act I, Scene 2. For all classes, this will be after Thursday. Thus, when we get back from our mini-break you should have this assignment done.

Your question is: Compare Romeo's and Benvolio's attitude toward love. Use quotes from the play to explain your ideas. As always, you should answer in a paragraph with at least five sentences. Honors students, I want you to answer an additional question - Why do you think that Shakespeare has two characters with contradicting viewpoints? What is the purpose of this?

Enjoy your mini-break! Work on your projects!!!

EDIT: Please put this entry in your journal. I'll look for this entry in your next journal check.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Homework for 9/12 January

Tonight's homework requires you to begin reading your outside play. As you're reading your play, if you find a speech that you would like to memorize - you may do this early, just come see me.

Tonight for homework you need to read in your play for about thirty minutes. You may read more if you'd like. After you read for thirty minutes answer one of the following questions in your journal based on the author of your play.

If you are reading Shakespeare your question is: How is the beginning similar or different to the beginning of Romeo and Juliet? Be specific and use examples. Answer in a five to sentence paragraph.

If you are not reading Shakespeare your question is: How does the author of your play grab you at the beginning. Be specific and use examples!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Homework for 1/7 and 1/8

Tonight for homework you will have another journal entry. Be sure that you have kept up with your journals and that all of the answers are complete! Tonight's prompt is: What are some parallels between the conflict that we see in I.1 and modern society. Explain the similarities and differences. You should answer in a five to seven sentence paragraph.

Also - remember that I will be asking you what your book is for your outside reading project. If you need me to help you get a copy, please let me know when I collect your titles.

Lastly, you need to study for your mid-term. That exam is quickly approaching.

Monday, January 5, 2009

What a day!

Does anyone else feel really tired? I do.

Lots of things to review about today:

Today we went over a lot of notes on Shakespeare and drama. Be sure that you review these notes so that you are prepared for your quiz on Wednesday/Thursday. The handout that I gave you about the Elizabethan stage is included in your notes and is fair game for your quiz.

On Friday (A day) and Monday (B day) you will have your semester one midterm. Use the study guide that I gave you to prepare for this exam. It will count as a major test grade and could count for two major test grades. Also, remember on Friday/Monday that you will have to tell me what play you are reading for your outside project. If you need help getting a book before Friday/Monday - please let me know.

Your homework for tonight is to write in your journals about Shakespeare. Answer the following questions in a 5-7 sentence paragraph:

What do you already know about Shakespeare?
Have you read anything by Shakespeare already?
Do you have any apprehension or fear about studying Shakespeare?

That should do it - don't forget to study for your first and second period exams!!!