February 29, 2016 to March 4, 2016
Feb 29th, 2016 by admin

Return signed MSND movie permission slip!

Monday (2/29)

1.  Periods 3,4,6 completed MSND pre-assessment, reviewed MSND Act 1, Scene 1, and watched movie of first act.


Tuesday (3/1)

1. Period 5 should see Monday’s post.

2. Periods 4 + 6:  Today we read a lengthy list of words and expressions that Shakespeare created.  The focus of lesson was on MSND ACT 1. Scene 1 when Robin Goodfellow and fairy serving as scouts for Oberon and Titania meet.  I provide 8 passages from the scene transcribed into contemporary language; students located the passages in the text and recorded how Shakespeare worded them.  If not completed in class, it is for homework.  Click here for the handout: MSND 2.1. 15-135

Due : Period 6 Wednesday, March 2      Periods 3,4,5 Thursday, March 3

Wednesday (3/2)

  1.  Sixth period:  Students participated in a lengthy read-around in preparation to a difficult scene in MSND.  Then, in acting troupes students  read through 2.1. 62-194.  No homework assigned.

  2. Periods 3,4,5: See Tuesday’s post.

Thursday (3/3)

1. Periods 3,4,5 completed lesson listed above (Wednesday).  Additionally, 2 imagery rich passages were sketched in interactive notebooks: 2.1.155-159 and 2.1.162-174.  The color purple is significant to the second sketch! No homework assigned.



February 22, 2016 to February 26, 2016
Feb 22nd, 2016 by admin

Monday (2/22)

1.  Today in periods 3,4,6 we read and analyzed Act 1; Scene 2 of MSND (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

2.  For homework you are to find “mug shots” of the Mechanicals.  Your selections should be based on the descriptions we developed today + recorded on the chart  in class.

DUE: Periods 4 + 6 = tomorrow, Tuesday, 2/23     Periods 5 + 6 = Wednesday, 2/24


Thursday (2/15)

Return signed MSND movie permission slips!

1. Periods 3,5, and 6 Unpaired Pairs Narrative DUE Friday 2/26

Click here for handout used in class: Unpaired Pairs


  • minimum 3 paragraphs
  • include other narrative elements such as dialogue, blocking, interior monologue, setting description, character development, personification, figurative language

February 8, 2016 to February 12, 2016
Feb 8th, 2016 by admin


Just Because Poem Template

Alligator Bayou Literary Essay Pre-write Evidence Form

In-text Evidence + Citation Form

Monday (2/8)

1.  Students in period 5, see weekend post.

2.  Periods 3, 4, and 6 began searching for textual evidence to be used for our up-coming literary essay. Here’s what you should be accomplishing in and out of class (if necessary).

  • textual evidence to support a claim that the setting of Alligator Bayou was ripe for discord
  • textual evidence to support a claim that a character or characters words, behavior, aspirations, motivations were heavily influenced by the environment (setting)

By your next class period, you should have selected the character  you will use in your essay + find 3 excerpts (examples of textual evidence) that support how the character’s role is influenced by the environment (setting).

3.  Ample time for research + composing will be provided in the classroom; however, you know how you work best + the pace in which you accomplish written pieces, so you might need to work on this at home too.

4.  Your final essay must include the following:

  • at least 3 paragraphs

  • at least 4 excerpts of textual evidence

  • all excerpts must be incorporated correctly

  • all excerpts must have a page number citation

DUE: Friday, February 12


Tuesday (2/9)

1.  Be sure to read Monday’s post above.

2. Period 3, you will share the Alligator Bayou character (s) you have chosen to feature in your literary essay + provide three example excerpts that support a claim that she/he/they are influenced by the Tallulah 1899 setting. Record excerpts on your Alligator Bayou Literary Essay Pre-write Evidence Form

Due: tomorrow 2/10

3.  Periods 4, 5, 6, in addition to searching  for more textual evidence, you must compose a sample embedded excerpt following the model done in class today. The excerpt you use is to be one you found for your character.  Compose a sentence to introduce the excerpt, insert the excerpt correctly, and follow it with more commentary. Here’s an example: (Thanks, Jay!)

As Calo disembarks from the ship in New Orleans, he has time to think about this dramatic turn in his life. “So it’s better that I’m in America.  I have a chance to make something of myself.  That’s what Signora Buzzi said when she packed my things and walked me to the boat” (6). Calo is unaware of how different Tallulah is in real life, nothing like the posters in Sicily.

Due: Next class period

Wednesday (2/10)

See Monday’s and Tuesday’s posts.

Thursday (2/11)

All classes have had one class period to compose the Alligator Bayou Final Literary Essay.

Because this essay will be used as an assessment, all writing is to be done in the classroom.  For that reason, I’m  not posting definitive details about this piece.


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