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Well, I guess this is it. We’ve done a lot, learned something, I hope, and our year concludes this week. Here’s the schedule:

Monday: This will be your last day to prepare in class for our Julius Caesar presentations. I’ll be sitting back and waiting for you to ask me questions about the write up, which will be due on Thursday.

Wednesday + Thursday: We’ll be in the Theatre (spelled the British way on purpose) enjoying the fruits of our labor. I’ll collect your write-ups.

Friday: On the last day of school we’ll play fun word games for extra credit 🙂

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As we move into the last week of the year, I encourage you to press through until the end. I think that our final essay is one that will be demanding, and I’m optimistic that you will do well if you diligently apply what you’ve learned this year. Here’s the schedule for the week:

Monday: I’ll be introducing you to the final essay for the year on gender and stereotype in Shakepeare’s Taming of the Shrew. We’ll be creating an outline in class which I will require that you turn in with your final when you turn it in on Thursday. Let me be clear: I will not accept final essays without an attached outline. The outline is your way of proving to me that you went through the writing process and did not simply throw ideas onto a piece of paper in the vague (and misplaced) hope that they would magically come together and make sense.

Tuesday – Thursday: Finals! You’ll be writing in class. On paper. With a pencil. I’ve chosen to go old-school on this final for myriad reasons, chief amongst them is because I need to limit both the temptation and the ability to cheat. This is an assessment of your ability to craft a well-written, well-reasoned piece in a set amount of time. The essay is due Thursday, no later than 2:00.

Friday: As per always, I have a fun little assignment on Friday. It is extra credit.

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Hey y’all!

Sorry I forgot to post the Act IV study questions here last night. Here’s the rest of the work for the play.

Act IV Study Questions

Act V Study Questions

Act V Free Write

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Hey juniors! My apologies for the slightly later than normal post; I’ve been trying to make this last newspaper and it is eating my brain. Or at least all of my time. With that said, I’d like to keep this short, as it will make my life better. Here’s what your second-to-last week looks like.

Monday: You will be taking a short quiz on Monday that will assess how well you have been reading and following along in class. It is not terribly difficult, but should show me who is on top of this play and who is falling behind. Additionally, we have the study guide for Act III to complete and discuss in class.

Homework: Read Act IV

Tuesday: On Tuesday we’ll be discussing Act IV with a study guide (I’ll post it after class), and we’ll be viewing parts from the play as well. I’ll be stamping your Act III study guide, of course.

Homework: Read Act V.i

Wednesday: We will be discussing a number of significant quotes in Act V (as well as a few from other parts of the play) as well as watching the conclusion of the play (Act V.ii). I’ll be stressing a number of themes in class which you will be responsible for thinking about and I will be assessing you on the exam on Friday.

Homework: Act V Study Guide (I’ll post a link to it Wednesday).

Thursday: After we review the Act V study guide, which I’ll be stamping, I’ll be handing out the study guide for the exam on Taming of the Shrew, which I’ll spend a a little time on. You don’t have to do it, by any means, but you will be responsible for knowing its content on the exam on Friday.

Friday: Your exam on Taming of the Shrew will take place on Friday. Study hard!

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Juniors! Sorry for the lag in getting this week’s post up – this has been an extraordinarily busy week. I’ll jump right to it and lay out the rest of the week for you.

Monday: We began the week by making our journals for Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew and followed it up with a quick free write that introduces some of the major topics that the play will be focused around. For some more resources, including videos and other notes, check out this section of my site.

Tuesday + Wednesday: We’ll be making a character chart in our journals via which we’ll be tracking the development (or lack thereof) of the play’s central characters: Petruchio, Lucentio, Kate, and Bianca. For each act you’ll need to choose one passage that tells you something interesting about each character, copy it into your journal, and add your response.

Homework: Finish reading Act I.i for class on Thursday

Thursday: We’ll be watching Act I.ii and I’ll be distributing the study guide for Act I, which I expect you will put into your journals in complete sentences.

Homework: Read Act II for class on Friday.

Friday: We’ll begin the day by reviewing the study guide for Act I, then we’ll transition into Act II with a quick FreeWrite that will introduce some of the topics that Shakespeare is asking us to consider in the text. You can find the writing assignment here. Finally, I will hand out a study guide for the very short Act II, which you’ll need to complete over the weekend.

Homework: Complete the Act II Study Guide and read Act III.

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Hey s’mores! Sorry for the slightly late post this week; it has been a busy, busy last few days. Here’s the quick details on this week:

Monday: I handed out the study guide for Act V of Julius Caeser in class. We’ll be going over it on Wednesday, so make sure to have it done for the start of class.

Tuesday: As a result of the EOC exams, we will not be holding class on Tuesday:

Wednesday: After we laugh about how easy the EOC exams were we’ll jump right in and review the study guide for Act V. I’ll be stamping and collecting them in order to get them back to you by Thursday.

Thursday: During our ridiculous 17 minute period I’ll distribute the study guide for the final on Julius Caeser (which I’ll also post right after class). It is heavy on passage analysis and quote identification and light on plot (because I expect that you know the plot at this point). Consider focusing on what Shakespeare is saying about such topics as: the nature of the public, power and its influence, the dangers of seeking too much power, the separation between public and private life.

Homework: As we’re having a seminar on Friday, you’ll need to produce a 1-page, typed response to the following question: Is Brutus the hero of this story or the villain? You must support your response with textual evidence. Consider why Shakespeare would frame him as one or the other, and what he wants us to understand about him.

Friday: Oh! A seminar. Duh.

Homework: Make sure you’re ready for your exam on Monday.

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