Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!

Hey Everyone! Hope everyone had a great day!

Today in class we had a sub...hopefully Smith will be back next week. The first thing we did in class was the quiz over Act I of Hamlet. If you missed it be sure to study, it's a tough one! We wrapped up class by watching Franco Zeffirelli's, Laurence Olivier's and Kenneth Branagh's versions of Act I Scene V, when Hamlet meets his father's ghost. We don' t have any homework, have an amazing weekend! Everyone have a great night and be safe!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Debrief on First Fishbowl

Take a few minutes to think about the fishbowl from Act 1 of Hamlet. What are some of the things that went well? What are some things that were more challenging? What suggestions do you have for improvement? What should we continue to do for the next fishbowl on Act 2 on Monday? Please be thoughtful in your responses.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hamlet-Scene 1

At the beginning of the Olivier version, they said "Hamlet: the story of the man who couldn't make up his mind..."
So far, which issues is he conflicted with? What can you predict in Hamlet's future?

The Wondrous world of Goldfish and Phishbowls!!!

Happy Hump Day!

Today we talked all about hamlet, goldfish, and Act One. Make sure you check out the sweet comments made about Hamlet on the Live Blogging if you missed class today.

Some notes from the Phish bowl:

Importance of Christianity
Foreshadowing of the betrayal of Claudis
What does the reference of Julius Caesar have to do with Hamlet? Does it parallel to Hamlet?
This is foreshadowing the fall of Hamlet's kingdom.
True Debates about what the ghost's purpose is? Is it really the king back from purgatory? Or perhaps it is a devil in disguise?!
Hamlet is not thinking clearly how will this affect his actions in the future?
Discussion about Hamlet... Is it more wrong to kill himself or another?
What would Hamlet choose?
Role of selfishness in the play.
What is the importance of the Ghost is he real?
Twist is religion the thing that Shakespeare is putting importance in or is it more important to Shakespeare that the aspect of revenge is the biggest fact?
Religious beliefs smith comment:
How did the church feel about ghosts?
They were from hell
Is Hamlet having problems believing in the ghost?
Crossroads for Hamlet trying to find the truth in the complex system....
Hamlet's mind is clouded by his emotions
Shakespeare presents the moral dilemma...
Shall hamlet go against his religion and avenge his father so he can pass on? OR should he refuse this to save his mother from the grief and to follow his religion.

Homework: Make sure
you respond to the blog prompt from the presenter on the phishbowl of act one!-
Presenters don't have to respond. Think about a paper topic for your paper and
make sure its a good one!!!

:D Have a good one!!!!
Kim C.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hamlet and Halloween

Homework and things to keep in mind:

- Fish bowl on act 1 Wdnesday

-Quiz on act 1 Wednesday

-Paper assignment due friday

-Read act 2 for Friday

Be prepaired!

What went on in class today?

Basicly we just read act one of Hamlet today, it was acted out splendidly by our fellow class mates. If you havent read this yet, hop to it, we're moving on to act 2.

Oh, and Halloween is this Friday!

Hamlet Act 1 Fishbowl

Friday, October 24, 2008

October 24, 2008

-Recieved our papers and tests back

-Finishing opening scence comparison
-Comparison reaction paper with visual

Read act 1-1.3

Comparison paper reaction, study!
Also think of paper topics

Jam of the day...
Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolf

-Have a sweet weekend!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

October 22, 2008

Ms. Smith handed out Hamlet books and we are reading/discussing friday!

-Oreos and milk today!!! YUMMM

-The second half of class we started watching Hamlet

-We watched the oldest first and working our way to the most recent

-Make sure you are signed up and know your fishbowl dates!!!

Chihuahuas, when placed under extreme stress, have been known to eat their young.

Jam of the day:
Chasing Pavements by Adele

October 20, 2008

October 20, 2008

(Personally I thought it was hard because I didn’t know any names) HINT HINT

-Hamlet book needed by Wednesday!
-If you don’t want to purchase one Ms. Smith will have some. Purchasing one however is highly recommended!

-Overall it was a pretty sweet day.

The first known beverage coaster was discovered in the ruins of Pompeii!

My favorite song at the moment:
-22’s or Better by Young Jeezy

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wednesday, October 15th

Happy short PSAT Wednesday!

Emma got in trouble....again.

HW:Beowulf test on Monday

Type and print a conference letter
one for Smith, one to give to your parents, drop it in drop box titled your name
  • reflection, purpose
  • assess your learning so far
  • where do you want to be at the end of the semester?
  • how are you going to get there?
  • how can Smith help you achieve this?

Make sure you sing up for Hamlet fishbowls

Happy long weekend!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Friday, October 10th

I'm extremely sorry this is so late!

Marie Paul visits!

1. Turned in Scholarship project
2. Synthesis essay on Monday, save in class folder
(Anglo- Saxon back round, Beowulf the story (w/out author), The movie directed by Robert Zemechus

3. Finish watching movie
o Beowulf returns to Herot
o Unferth returns with the golden dragon horn
o The slave, Cane, found it on the moors
o Queen talks to Beowulf’s mistress
o Flaming cross
o Unferth says dragon
o Beowulf’s son. Agreement broken now that the horn has been returned
o The sins of the fathers
o Beowulf apologizes for giving in to temptation
o Wiglaf doesn’t accept Beo giving having faults, loyalty
o Beowulf confronts Grendel’s mom
o Beo chases an extremely angry dragon heading for hEROT
o Rides dragon for a while
o He realizes the gem, soft spot, Welthow, horn
o Rides again, engages in deep sea diving with the dragon
o Welthow saves mistress
o Beowulf hits a raw nerve, kills dragon in the most epic battle
o B Cuts off own arm to kill heart
o B loses knife, rips out heart with bare hand
o Wiglaf saves queen
o Water cleanses, washes away his son (dragon)
o Keep epic tale, Beowulf dies, too late for lies
o Hero’s funeral
o Wiglaf is king, finds horn, G’s mom takes Beowulf down

4. Started synthesis
(Example: religion, women, epic hero and how it compares/contrasts between Anglo-Saxon Culture, Beowulf story, and Beowulf movie
Include 2 outside sources
How is the movie different from epic hero qualifications?
Definition, Anglo- SSaxons, Beowulf story and movie
How does B be epic hero

· Kills G and mom, fulfills royalty ideal, tale told, nobility, brave, loyal, just
· In movie? More tragic hero rather than epic hero (flaw=gave into temptation, greed, pride (Oedipus)
· Anglo- loyalty, Wiglaf is loyal
· Movie- sins of the fathers, would Wigalf give in, queen “love” loyalty, Wiglaf refuses to believe B’s weakness
· Unferth- as: converts from Nors Gods to God Christianity (religion) co Beo: unferth’s challenge questioning epic hero, movie: changes opinion, comes around (full circle, Hrunting= Unferth’s sword)
· Women? AS: important, having kids, still unequal Beo: Welthow? wise queen, Movie: Women defeats Beowulf (man) No procreating, Welthow can't have kids

Friday, October 3, 2008

Fantastic Friday 10-3-08

EWL Week 7: Friday
Homework: scribe, begin creating connections between cultural background and Beowulf.
Scholarships due next Friday!!

Next Week: Monday and Wednesday watch movie in class

In Class Today: Read Beowulf 14-17
Answer the ten questions at the end of the story.
Be awesome campers and we won’t get homework over the big long break!
Volleyball game at 5:30 at Cherokee Trail/ Football game at 7:00 at LPS

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Mrs. Smith is gone....

...a very sad day indeed.
Wow, it's October now!
And we got donuts today. with SPRINKLES! : )

We also had a sub today--no Mrs. Smith. : (

We took a quiz on Beowulf, Cantos 1-11.
Then we read Cantos 12-13 which was a snap.
For those who were absent, our homework is to read Gardner's Grendel on page 36, but we had time to read it in class.
Also, remember your writing conferences from those in class essays!

Oh, and a note for Habitat for Humanity: if you eat at California Pizza Kitchen tonight 20% goes to Habitat---So go eat some pizza!!!

Happy Donut fun-filled Wednesday!