Tuesday, Nov. 29th

We finished Hamlet  today.  Those who missed III.iv. in class and couldn’t write their PERFORMANCE JOURNAL #3 on III.iv. can do so with V.ii. by Zeffirelli, Almereyda, and Branagh.

Please write a PROPOSAL for your FAMOUS LINES ART PROJECT and bring it to class on Thursday.

Now that we are done with Hamlet, please bring your Adventures in English Literature text with you next class.

TERM TWO MISSING ASSIGNMENTS

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Thursday, Nov. 24th

We read, viewed and discussed up to the end of V.i. of Hamlet today.  Your third PERFORMANCE JOURNAL on III.iv. is due next class (Nov. 29th).

Start thinking about what you would like to do for the FAMOUS LINES PROJECT.  You could:

  • write two sonnets inspired by a line (each)
  • write and perform a scene using ALL the famous lines
  • write and perform a song inspired by a famous line
  • create a painting inspired by a famous line or passage
  • perform a dance inspired by a famous line or passage
  • write a short story inspired by a line (500 words or less)
  • perform a rap using ALL the lines
  • other ideas?

We will discuss this further next class, but the project is due Dec. 13th.

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Tuesday, Nov. 22nd

The “Appearances versus Reality” skits were presented today.  Well done!

The second PERFORMANCE JOURNALS were returned.  Many improvements have been made!  Congratulations!

Your third PERFORMANCE JOURNAL on III.iv. by Zeffirelli, Almereyda, and Doran is due on Tuesday, Nov. 29th.

Note that when we finish Hamlet we will be writing a PASSAGE ANALYSIS in class.

We read/viewed/ and discussed up to the end of IV.iii. today.

TERM TWO MISSING ASSIGNMENTS

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Friday, Nov. 18th

We watched the third version of III.iv. directed by Gregory Doran today, so you are now ready to write your third PERFORMANCE JOURNAL on III.iv..  This time, award the “Academy Award” for acting to the best actor playing Hamlet, the best actress playing Gertrude, and the interpretation award to the best director.  This journal is due on Monday, Nov. 28th as part of Term Two.

After getting to IV.iii., we started working on the “APPEARANCES VERSUS REALTY” skit featuring any two characters from Hamlet in an imaginary scene.  The dialogue can be in modern English.  The two actors present a facade of politeness and geniality, while the “text messaged” though bubbles reveal their true thoughts and feelings.  You will have 15 minutes to prepare at the beginning of class before presenting your scenes.  I recommend that you pre-write and screen capture your “text conversation” and present these as “photos”.  If you were away and this does not make sense, come and talk to me.

20 marks:

  • shows contrast between appearance and reality
  • demonstrates effective use of language
  • demonstrates creativity
  • shows an understanding of the characters, their situations, and their motivations
  • presented in an engaging manner

MISSING ASSIGNMENTS LIST

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Wednesday, Nov. 16th

We finished reading, discussing and imagining III.iv., and then we watched the Zeffirelli and Almereyda versions of the scene.  We will add one more version next class before you write about III.iv..

As Term One is ending on Friday,Nov. 18th, be sure to hand in your Performance Journal on III.i. next class so that it can be included on the first term report.

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Monday, Nov. 14th

We watched and discussed the Almereyda version of III.i. so you are now ready to write your second PERFORMANCE JOURNAL.  Keep in mind what we discussed about your first journal entry.  Use the TEXT.  You may also include the Zeffirelli version of the “Get thee to a nunnery” scene if you wish (Mel Gibson/ Helena Bonham Carter).  This is due on Friday, Nov. 18th.

We continued reading, viewing and discussing Hamlet, getting up to III.iv. which will be the scene for your third PERFORMANCE JOURNAL next week.  We shall pick up from where we left off next class.

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Wednesday, Nov. 9th

The first Performance Journals (on I.iii.) were returned and discussed.  We then read and discussed II.iii.522 to III.i..  We will be writing our second Performance Journal on III.i., so we started by reading and discussing the scene to figure out the characterization, motivations, advances to the plot, the dynamics of the relationships, and the themes presented in the scene.  Having fixed an impression in our own minds (remember what we discussed with the prologue to Henry V), we watched Kenneth Branagh’s version of the III.i..  If you were absent, read the scene and try to watch the Branagh version online or go to the public library for a copy. I will be showing you a second interpretation of the scene before I get you to write about it.

MISSING ASSIGNMENTS LIST

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Monday, Nov. 7th

We worked through Hamlet getting from II.i. to II.iii.551.

If you haven’t handed in your FIRST PERFORMANCE JOURNAL yet, do so immediately.

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Thursday, Nov. 3rd

The Performance Journal on I.iii. was due today.

We continued with Hamlet, getting up to II.i. 74.

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Tuesday, Nov. 1st

We read, discussed, watched, and took notes on I.iii. – I.v.42 today.

For homework, please write an official PERFORMANCE JOURNAL ENTRY on I.iii..

  1.  Re-read I.iii. to determine your OWN reading of the scene.  Determine who Ophelia, Laertes, and Polonius are as characters, what their motivations are in this scene, and how you think the lines should be delivered.
  2. Consider Almereyda and Branagh’s interpretations of I.iii. . What are the differences between their interpretations in terms of casting, delivery of lines, actions, and set design.
  3. What themes/ motifs are emphasized in each production?  With what decisions do you agree/disagree?

Please write a composition of approximately 400-500 words on this.  Please double space and write in ink.  (You may type it, but still double space it and use at least 12 point font).

I will collect this on Thursday.

MISSING ASSIGNMENTS LIST

 

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