Language Arts Literacy III--Block 4A

Please check this page for updates to our class! We will have assignments, resources, in-class activities and homework listed here.

I will also be posting articles and other readings here, so if in doubt, check the wiki first!

Monday, June 5:

You are using class time today to continue working with your groups. Be sure that you start and add me to a collaborative Google doc.

I want to spend a little time reminding you what a script should LOOK like and how to create a template for your group then you can be set free!
Do whatever you need to do in order to have a successful presentation and script ready
Thursday, June 1:

Ok, folks, we are starting your final exam projects today in class.

This project will take the remainder of our time together and will count as part of your final exam grade (which is 16% of your overall grade for the year, by the way).

You will be scored on a participation rubric for each of the class days, so be sure you are on task with your group and are using the given time wisely.

Here you go:

Work with your groups as needed or complete other work yourself to contribute to the project
Wednesday, May 24:

We continue with the tragic hero today!

There are some notes to finish off then we will apply the TH stuff to Macbeth. You have a chart to complete for that exercise then I will give you some crayons so you can work in partners :)

Finish your Macbeth TH chart or the modern tragic hero if you didn't do it all in class
Monday, May 22:

Hand in those packets to eBackpack! Then we have a quiz to celebrate the end of reading Macbeth :)

The rest of our class today will be about the tragic hero--I have some notes to give you then you will apply the concept to Macbeth!

Here are the docs you need for today:

Thursday, May 18:

Let's finish the play! Act V, scene viii awaits us.

We'll read the scene together then watch the completely horrific (yet amazing) movie clip.

I'll answer any outstanding questions and garner comments about the end of the play then we move into a little creative writing assignment.

You are to write a new soliloquy for the play--choose a section of the play that does NOT already have a soliloquy and create a lengthy speech given by a character of your choice. It should make sense in context and can be either in an existing scene or a newly added scene by you.

You do not have to write it in Shakespeare's language but your language choices should make sense based on the character you choose.

I am going to show you a few video examples of Shakespeare's soliloquies so you have some examples. You have the rest of the block to work on this, so get to it :)

Your packet is FINALLY due on Monday. It should be completely filled out with line #s where asked for and as detailed as possible.

You also have a quiz on Acts IV-V on Monday. Be ready, please.
Tuesday, May 16:

Today we finish the play!

We need to start with going over the Act V figurative language from last class (see doc below) then running through scenes iv-viii. There are a few key spots to stop, discuss, and closely read before we hit the end.

There is a KILLER fight scene at the end of the play (literally!) which I will definitely show on Thursday if we do not get there today.
Finish up your WHOLE packet to be handed in Monday.

Quiz on Acts IV-V on Monday as well!
Friday, May 12:

Half day! We're going to go back to Lady M's scene from Act V, scene i, then keep going through a few scenes of Act V (hopefully to scene iii...?)

If we do not get to this doc today, we will definitely need it on Tuesday, so go ahead and download it, please:

Packet Qs are due Monday, 5/22 as your test grade
Wednesday, May 10:

Let's begin today by recapping the witches from last time--what were those apparitions, again?

Then we'll watch the video clip of the witches before moving into IV.ii, which we will listen to on the audio (it's a doozy!) before wrapping up IV.iii by reading just the summary section of the text.

Then--Act V! I would like to get through as much of scene i today as we can. If we don't finish it, the scene any accompanying worksheet are homework.

Finish reading Act V, scene i and complete the worksheet.

Here is a PDF of Act V, scene i from the textbook so you can read at home:

Monday, May 8:

We're starting with your quiz! I will check your packet Qs while you're taking the quiz :)

We have just the summary sections of scenes v-vi to cover quickly before moving into Act IV. We get to see the witches again and will use this worksheet to help organize our understanding:

We'll round out the day with a video clip!
Completed packet due Monday May 22 (2 weeks)
Thursday, May 4:

We are going to have a super fun class today!

First, we need to address one last quote in Act III, scene iv--please open the doc below to read and analyze a bit:

This will take us into our quick review of Macbeth--where he started and how far he has come. Our focus today will be a look back at two key scenes through several different lenses (different movie versions).

Here is your sheet for the day, even though I am giving you paper copies in class.

We're going to wrap up class with a quick run through the end of Act III (there are two short scenes for which we will just read the summaries).
Quiz on Act III on Monday :)

I will be checking your reading Qs in the packet at the same time--all of the soliloquies should be complete
Tuesday, May 2:

Act III waits for no man! We have reading to complete.

We're going to start with the matching sentiments on the III.i-ii Reading Sheets from last class--can you connect modern language to Shakespeare's? This will bridge us back into the meaning of that conversation so we can finish out Act III, scene ii.

Then we move onto scenes iii and iv--there is a LOT of fun stuff in here and we will be alternating between reading together, listening to audio, and maybe watching a few scenes.

My hope is that we can finish the Act together today.
Packet check next class (all soliloquies should be done, as well as Qs through what we've read).

Quiz on Act III on Monday, May 8.
Friday, April 28:

Time for Act III!

We are going to use the document below as our reading guide for all of class today.

Act III brings Banquo back into the equation and there are some crazy shenanigans happening. All of this will be read, dissected, analyzed, and digested :)
You have two new soliloquies to enter into your packet chart and Qs to answer as well. There will be another packet check next week (probably).
Wednesday, April 26:

Let's (finally!) finish Act II!

We're dealing with everyone else finding out about Duncan in this next scene and then will wrap up the block with scene iv.

No documents for today--I'm giving you everything you need in class.
II.iii Language Breakdown

Please submit to eBackpack upon completion

Monday, April 24:

The murder!! We have to process D's murder and the aftermath today--this is where we see true colors of the characters coming through.

So let's start with a question: what might "sleep" be representative of? Think symbolically.

This Q will bring us into M and Lady M's reactions to the murder and a close read of Act II, scene ii.

Then we'll move forward into everyone else's reactions to this death--we will listen to the first part together then you will read through the scene in small groups. There will be Qs to answer at the end!

If we have time, I have one final reading assignment for class--if not, we'll start with it next time.
Packet, packet, PACKET
Thursday, April 20:

We met Lady M and read her first two soliloquies last class, so let's start with her again. Please turn to p. 342 and look at the photo--how is she embodying her own advice to M to "look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under't?"

Then we have a third soliloquy (M's first) to cover before wrapping up the end of Act I with sociopath Lady Macbeth.

This will bridge us into M's second soliloquy (the floating dagger) and a few video clips.

I will be checking your packets next week, so be completely up-to-date on the soliloquy chart (4 down!) and reading Qs
Tuesday, April 18:

Welcome back :)

We are going to keep moving forward with our review of the play thus far. There are a few more basics to cover before looking more closely at a few scenes.

Here is your Macbeth packet--it is your TEST GRADE for this unit, so be up-to-date on it. I may check it at anytime for a homework grade, so keep up!

We have some soliloquies to cover and most of Act I to review, so let's get to it. The deeper we get into the play, the more work we need to do to understand these complex and human characters :)
Keep up on that test grade packet!
Friday, April 7:

Good afternoon!

I am on a field trip today but have left a small characterization assignment with the sub. Kindly complete it and hand it in by the end of the block.

See you after break!
No homework over break. Be ready to dive into the play again after we return.
Wednesday, April 5:

Congratulations! PARCC 2017 is complete :)

We are going to review Acts I-II of Macbeth today so we can jump back into Act III together after break. Remember that I will not be here on Friday, so you will have a sub in the room and an in-class assignment to complete.

Please take a minute to download and place the following PDF of Macbeth into GoodNotes or GoodReader. The wording and Acts/Scenes are the same as the textbook but the line numbers are different.

To start today, please get a purple textbook and view the picture on page 328. Then, please open and answer the question posted on this Padlet page. Be sure to label your response with your name.

I want to review some of the basics of the play (characters, relationships, general plot, action, and movement of the play) through Act II and get your input throughout. You should be taking Cornell notes as part of this review!

Now it's your turn to guide the class--what themes do the following quotes show?
    • "fair is foul” “look like the serpent” “false face doth hide what false heart doth know”
    • "are you a man” “bring forth men children” “unsex me” “batter baby brains”
None tonight.

Be ready to work in class on Friday.
Monday, April 3:

Hello, and welcome to LAL III with Ms. Jodon! I am looking forward to finishing the year with you.

We only have a 40 minute session today due to testing, so I'd like to hear about what you have worked on so far this school year and to get a handle on your names. We'll get back to Macbeth on Wednesday.

To that end, I would like you to fill out the Highs and Lows sheet so I can get a sense of your successes and frustrations so far this year. I have paper copies for class but if you are out, please click here to view the document on Google Drive

After that, I will practice your names (though there are so few of your it will be sad if i cannot get everyone!) and then move on to some fun word games to round out our first class.

Please know that I am here for you should you have any questions, issues, or concerns and that my goal is to help you close out your junior year of LAL as successfully as possible :)
None yet.

Be sure to go to the correct PARCC testing room through Wednesday of this week.