Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: February 11, 2016

Focus: What does this play teach us?

Slightly shortened class: Advisement

1. Warming up by sectioning the play with your grid groups (15 min)

Topic #1: Find two shifts in the play (where would you draw dividing lines?). What's changing at these points in the play? How do?

Topic #2: Now that you have divided the play into three sections, find one line/phrase that captures each section.

Topic #3: Develop two themes (underlying messages) from this play that you could apply to yourself and/or any high school student. Why do most high schoolers read this play?

2. Reading Macbeth's "Tomorrow" soliloquy (15 min)
  • Moments (interesting word choices, figurative language, unusual grammar, imagery, sounds, etc.)
  • Movements (places where ideas seem to shift)
  • Multiple meanings (patterns and themes)
3. Composing a thesis statement on your word traces that combines your word with a larger theme

Thesis: In Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the motif of _______________ (your word) to expose/encourage/criticize/suggest/assert that...(larger theme).

Sample thesis: In Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the motif of blood to show that humans are not born evil; they develop it through an insatiable desire for power.

4. Viewing the film version of Act 5 if time allows with a focus on symbolic choices

HW for Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow:

1. Final versions of your word traces are due this Friday at the latest. Remember that you should have at least eight entries.

2. Read your banned book and BRING IT TO CLASS TOMORROW; make sure you're on track to finish by Feb 22.

3. There is a assignment this week called "Verb Tenses" to help you understand active vs. passive voice. IF YOU RECEIVED A 17/20 OR BETTER ON LAST WEEK'S QUIZ, YOU ARE EXEMPT FROM THIS ASSIGNMENT. Also the only grammar quiz this Friday will be an optional retake on Active vs. Passive Voice. There will not be a quiz on verb tenses; this lesson is to help you with active vs. passive voice.

4. This Friday marks the end of six weeks; any make-up work and revisions must be completed by this Friday at 3:00 pm.

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