Thursday, Nov. 16th

We read, discussed, and viewed up to III.iv. today, but we are not finished.  We will carry on next class with the remaining versions of III.iv. before I assign the commentary on III.i. or III.iv..

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Tuesday, Nov. 14th

We read, viewed, and discussed from II.ii. 523- III.i..  We will be writing another PERFORMANCE JOURNAL at the end of Act III.  You have two scenes to choose from, the first being that of III.i. by Almereyda and Branagh.  We will finish discussing the Almereyda version of III.i. next class before continuing on with the act.

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Wednesday, Nov. 8th

We read, discussed, and viewed II.ii.296-522, which included a passage analysis demonstration.  You will be writing a passage analysis on your own in the future.

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Monday, Nov. 6th

The commentaries on I.iii. were returned and discussed.  We then continued with Act II, getting as far as II.ii.296.  We added a number of lines to our FAMOUS LINES LIST, with which you will be creating a piece of art (short story, poem, play, sculpture, painting, song, etc.?)  At the end of Act Two, we will be doing a passage analysis.

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Thursday, Nov. 2nd

The commentaries on I.iii. were due today.  Those who were absent last class can write theirs on I.iv. and v in Branagh and Olivier’s films and hand it in on Monday.

We continued working through I.iv and v, getting up to line 115.

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Tuesday, Oct. 31st

We continued reading, discussing and viewing Hamlet, focusing on I.iii..  We watched and discussed Branagh and Almereyda’s interpretations of the scene.

For homework, write ONE paragraph critiquing Branagh and Almereyda’s interpretation of I.iii..  You can focus on a single character, a theme, a motif, a line, a choice in set, etc..  This is due next class.

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Friday, Oct. 27th

We read, discussed, and viewed I.ii. – iii.81 of Hamlet today.  This included reading the letter from your parent/ guardian today.  We shared some of the advice that was given:

  • understand the difference between needs and desires
  • wait 24 hours after someone offends you before acting
  • short term pain with long term gain is better than the reverse
  • laughter is the best medicine
  • develop good listening skills…you can’t learn while talking
  • remembers when you feel intolerant of others’ flaws that you want them to be tolerant of your flaws
  • follow your passions
  • never forget who you are and where you come from
  • save $200…save earnings from part time jobs
  • don’t indulge
  • don’t carry too much debt
  • before you spend, ear
  • be prudent…avoid ostentation

Re-read Polonius speech to Laertes I.iii. 55-81 and see if his advice matches our list. We will discuss this next class.

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Wednesday, Oct. 25th

The last group presented on Spenser’s “Sonnet 79,” and the “Pop Sonnets” were collected.

We continued reading and discussing Act One of Hamlet today, getting up to I.ii.117.

Do go over Claudius’ speech on your own as this is a candidate for the passage analysis at the end of the act.

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Thursday, Oct. 19th

Your “Pop Sonnet” is due on Wednesday, Oct. 15th.

We did an introduction to Shakespeare and Hamlet , and then started reading and discussing I.i..

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Tuesday, Oct. 17th

Each group presented on their sonnets today.  Pay especial attention to Shakespeare’s Sonnets 29,116 and 130.

We looked at some examples of “pop sonnets,”  popular song lyrics turned into sonnets.  In groups of three, choose a popular song, look up the lyrics, and turn them into a SONNET.  You may want to work on this through a google doc.  Each group will hand in ONE sonnet on Wednesday, Oct. 25th.

We will be starting Hamlet on Thursday.  Please bring the “colouring sheet” with you.

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