What’s Up this Week?

Hello to all!

Did everyone stay nice and dry this weekend? The weather was so crazy! It was good staying in bed with a great book weather.

So what do we have on our plate for this week? WellRomeo and Juliet of course!

Monday we’re going to finish up with Act Three, Scene One. We’ll be looking at two different versions of the fight scene and compare and contrast them. In second period, we’ll be taking a close look at Benvolio’s explanation to the Prince.

Tuesday (and possibly Monday, depending on the time) you guys will read through different scenes in Act Three in groups and then teach those scenes to the class! I’m looking forward to being the student for once!

Wednesday you’ll take a test over Act Three. This test will be different from the two test before because it will only feature written responses. I have nothing but confidence that you will all do spectacularly.

Thursday you’ll finally get the chance to read out loud (and, if you’re feeling particularly brave…maybe even do a little bit of acting!). In groups, you’ll present different scenes of Act Four to the class and once again you’ll be leading the discussion of these scenes. I can’t wait to see if we have any budding thespians in our class!

Friday we’ll finish up with any scenes and discussions that we still have to go through. That means you’ll be looking at taking a test over Act Four on Monday (a week from tomorrow -May 6th)

Just like with last week, we’ll be doing vocab. Unit 10 will be the last unit that we work on (I know you will all be dreadfully sorry to say goodbye to your find vocabulary). You will have a test on Friday.

Mr. Woodall will also be leading EOCT review this week and next week as well.

If you have any questions, don’t worry we’ll cover everything in class!

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

-Miss Pace

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What’s Going on This Week?

Hello everyone!

I hope everybody enjoyed the weekend and all this crazy weather. Personally, I can’t wait for it to get warm again and actually stay warm!

Let’s take a look at what’s going to be going on throughout this week.

Monday and Tuesday we’re going to be finishing up with Act Two of Romeo and Juliet. We have three more big scenes to get through and some more questions to answer. We’ll get to see if Romeo and Juliet actually decide to go through with their wedding and what consequences that decision is going to have.

As of right now, your TEST over Romeo and Juliet Act Two is going to be on Wednesday. It’s going to follow the same format as the test before, with multiple choice and a short answer portion. If you want/need to refresh your memory over Romeo and Juliet once you leave class, don’t forget to go to the “Useful and Important Links” page. There you’ll find the full text for Romeo and Juliet as well as the No Fear Shakespeare version.

Thursday we’ll continue on with Act Three, Scene One. We’re going to see Romeo and Juliet finally start to live up to its original name: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Who will live and who will die? We’ll find out.

Also don’t forget that your Romeo and Juliet in Pop Culture posts are due on Thursday. Go to the page labeled “Pop Culture” and leave your comments. Do not forget to do this! This is a grade and can either help or hurt you. I am interested in reading everyone’s pop culture finds!

Friday you guys are going to be the teachers. Mr. Woodall and I are going to let you lead us through the rest of Act Three and you get to ask the questions and lead the discussions.

It’s going to be another fun and exciting week and I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow!

-Miss Pace

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Vocab Quizlet

Hello!

Just a reminder that you have a vocab quiz over unit 8 on Friday. Here’s a link to the quizlets to help you study!

http://quizlet.com/1796312/vocab-unit-8-level-d-flash-cards/

You also have a quiz over apostrophes on Friday. If you want some extra help studying for that quiz, check this site out! http://www.chompchomp.com/exercises.htm#Apostrophes

And don’t forget that you can access the full text for Romeo and Juliet online any time and you can also look at the “No Fear Shakespeare” version to help with those trick parts. The links for both of those can be found under the “Important Links” page.

See you tomorrow!

-Miss Pace

 

 

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What’s Going on This Week?

Hello everyone!

I hope that you all had a great, restful, eventful, exciting (whatever adjective you want to pick) Spring Break! I definitely did and I am definitely looking forward to being back in the classroom and picking up where we left off with Romeo and Juliet.

This week we’re going to continue working on vocab and will be looking at unit 8. There will be a regular quiz on Friday, so you can all rest easy. No more writing stories or sentences…for now.

We’ll also be looking at apostrophes and how to properly use them in our writing. Apostrophes can definitely be confusing, like most parts about English grammar, so we’ll be doing a lot of practice with them this week.

On Monday we’re going to finish watching the first act of Romeo and Juliet so we can refresh our memories on what’s happened so far. We’ll then look at the prologue for Act Two and start with Scene One in Act Two.

Tuesday we’ll keep reading Romeo and Juliet and will get to one of the most famous scenes in the entire play: the balcony scene. This is a crucial moment in Romeo and Juliet’s relationship and I’m going to let you guys put your own spin on things by working with a partner to put their declarations of love into your own words.

And then on Wednesday we’re going to look at a variety of different film clips that feature this famous scene. Like I said the Friday before we left for spring break: film is just as much a text as the actual written word, so we’re going to get some practice in discussing movies the way that we discuss books. I’ve picked a lot of great Romeo and Juliet (and R&J inspired) balcony scenes for us to look at.

Thursday we’ll keep reading Romeo and Juliet (Scene Two, Act Three) and then we’ll look at some figurative language in the play. Metaphors, similes, personification…all those things can be tricky to recognize and understand. That’s why we’re going to keep practicing!

And on Friday, you’ll have a vocab quiz over unit eight and then another short quiz over apostrophes. Once you finish those quizzes, we’ll keep on keeping on with Romeo and Juliet. We’ll see what those crazy kids get themselves into next!

I think it’s going to be another great week and I look forward to seeing all of you rested, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Monday morning!

-Miss Pace

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No Fear Shakespeare

No Fear Shakespeare

Hello! 

Here is the link to the Romeo and Juliet No Fear Shakespeare that Mr. Woodall and I were talking about in class today. It should be a hopeful study tool. 

Remember if you have any questions in the morning I will be more than happy to help clarify some things! 

See you tomorrow! 

-Miss Pace 

http://nfs.sparknotes.com/romeojuliet/

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What to Expect This Week

Hello to everyone!

I hope that you are all having a great weekend, whether you are spending time with family or enjoying the weather or just doing something fun for you! Since it’s Sunday, I thought I would tell everyone what’s coming up during the week.

We’re going to be starting vocab again! That’s right! Vocab is back! Bring your books to class tomorrow.

We will continue looking at poetry to help practice with figurative language and to get even more practice for the EOCT and future English classes. In keeping with our theme, we’ll be taking a look at one of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

And, of course, we will continue to read and enjoy Romeo and Juliet.

Monday we’ll read/listen to Act One Scene Two and meet a few more of the important characters in the play. We’ll also do an activity dealing with the idea of love and how the language of our characters lets us know their thoughts on love.

Tuesday it’s time to listen to/ read Act One Scene Three and finally meet the lovely and fair Juliet and some more of her family members. You will also have some questions to answer about the events of the play thus far just to make sure that everyone is staying on track!

Wednesday we’ll finish up with Scene Four and will have a special guest come in and visit our class. He’s going to give us a performance of one of the important speeches in Scene Four and then we’re going to do a close reading of that same speech.

And on Thursday we will finish up with the first act in Romeo and Juliet. This will be the scene when Romeo finally meets his Juliet and there will be a lot to talk about there! We’ll take a close look at the religious imagery that Romeo and Juliet use during this first meeting.

Friday we’ll have a mini-test over the first act of Romeo and Juliet. Instead of taking one large test at the end of the play, you’ll be taking little tests at the end of each act. This should not only help you keep the events in the play straight for the test but also help reinforce everything that we talk about in class. After the test, we’ll watch the film version of Act One.

And then….Happy Spring Break! I know that it’s going to seem like Friday won’t come fast enough but I promise it’ll be here before you know it. But we’re still going to treat this week like any other normal school week, which means we’ll have plenty of fun stuff to do in class and everyone needs to try and save their crazy energy for spring break! I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

-Miss Pace

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What’s Going on This Week?

Hello!

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I also hope that everyone has finished up with their Animal Farm essays and that those essays are ready to turn in Monday!

Want to know what’s going on this week? I will tell you!

Monday we will start our unit on Romeo and Juliet. Before we do that, we’re going to practice some more with the Stop, Notice and Note signposts that we talked about early in the month when we watched The Lion King scenes. We’re also going to get a little practice with poetry so that you guys will be ready for the EOCT coming up in May. Once we’ve done those things, you’re going to learn everything you ever wanted to know (and more!) about William Shakespeare.

Tuesday you guys will be taking the Benchmark during the beginning of class. Once you’re finished with that, we’ll be taking a look at the prologue from Romeo and Juliet and you get the chance to rewrite Shakespeare’s words in your own words.

Wednesday you’ll take part two of the Benchmark and then we will do some more practice with the prologue. What is a sonnet and what does it have to do with Shakespeare? Great question! We’ll find out!

Thursday we’ll go back to working with the Signposts and answer some more questions about poetry. Then we’ll begin reading Romeo and Juliet Act One, Scene One. You guys will also get the chance to insult one another…Shakespeare style!

Friday we’ll finish up with the Signposts and also wrap up our discussion on poetry. The poem we’re reading is one of my favorites of all time, so I know you’ll enjoy it! We’ll take a look at puns and how Shakespeare uses puns. Then we’ll start reading Act One, Scene Two and see what’s going to happen with Romeo and Juliet.

I’m excited to start reading Romeo and Juliet and I’m also excited to read the Animal Farm essays that you have written! Don’t forget to bring them on Monday!

See you tomorrow!

-Miss Pace

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