Monday, November 23, 2009


Please bring your WLA 1 for in-class review: I will have laptops, so you can revise if you bring the file.
What does it take to be a real man (or a real woman) according the play Macbeth?Find at least one pair of supportive passages that reveals one of the Macbeths contrasted with a foil character and analyze according to at least two literary criteria. Write your thoughts in a well-formed essay that concludes with your own thoughts on the main idea. Shape your essay as if it were a commentary. Both the essay and each internal paragraph should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. To earn an A, your paper must have a WOW factor. I need a little WOW. See today's instructions. Papers are due Thurday/Friday, Dec. 3/4.

Friday, November 20, 2009


See notes in dropbox one more time: I am about to assign credit for them if I can read them.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Look in dropbox at the Shakespeare notes. See how useless it is to write notes no one can read. If your notes are blank, please redo in DARK INK -- neatly.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


There is a copy of the mini-me research project rubric in Dropbox.

Monday, November 9, 2009


I will not be there Tuesday. Work on orals, log notes from Act I (to be scanned in); present little histories.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Scholarship money!

See Optimist Club essay contest below the calendar to the right. Do it! Or I'll be sure my daughter gets it!

A-day did a great job on the recitations today. Look at the calendar and the previous post for deadline clarifications.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Through Wednesday

I've adjusted the calendar a little because it takes so long to share findings:
Friday/Monday: recitations all day; if we finish, then we report research findings until the bell
Tuesday/Wednesday: complete reports on research; turn in notes on Act I (rather than write them on the board). I'll give you a handout for this. Then begin oral commentaries on the parts you memorized.
Thursday/Friday: finish orals; maybe a reading check; begin movie of Macbeth

Monday, November 2, 2009


Prepare for a mini-oral on your memory selection to perform individually on Wednesday/Thursday. Organize as before with clear title, author, context, importance/purpose, and focusing thesis. Prepare for one or two elements or angles. Your commentary should be 4-6 minutes in length. DO NOT WRITE IT OUT. It will be assessed by classmates and me.

We will also go to the library for a little on-the-go research about the background, and we will have a language quiz reviewing the sentence patterns and simple diagrams. We might not get it all done...