Two Hours’ Traffic (and then some)

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Violent delights have violent ends!

Violent delights have violent ends!

Romeo and Juliet is finally here!  I wanted to share a few wonderful resources to keep you on track during our reading, including a few winners from last year’s Shakespeare’s World Research presentations (hint hint).  As you may remember, there is a veritable slew (slew!) of information to keep track of.  It’s all worth it though!  Remember, we don’t agree with Plato – art isn’t useless!  Look at what Lady Gaga pulled off in yesterday’s Super Bowl:

Theatrical skills can really pay off later!  These great four links help fill in general knowledge of Shakespeare’s life and works.  Also, although it’s a little early to be thinking about it, you can expect some potential Unit Test items below…

Here’s a link to a brief timeline of the life of Stratford’s most famous son:

http://www.earlyshakespeare.com/images/Timeline.pdf


This YouTube video takes a humorous look at introducing Shakespeare (make sure you stick around until the ironic, slow open is over):


Of course, here’s the Canadian Folio copy of the play we use in class:

http://www.canadianshakespeares.ca/folio/folio.html


And, because why not, more awesomeness relating to the Bard from a 2012 TEDxTalk:

The Readiness is All!

12th – Invitations into Victorian Era Culture!

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Welcome back students!  Distract yourself from the hazardous, wintry roads with some travels in time-and-space!

Your adventures ask you to follow the invitation drawn in class, and then head to the suggested sites to learn all you can about that aspect of Victorian Life.

The two sites recommended for each invitation come to us from dedicated professionals and amateurs alike.

The first is a major authority – the British Library’s Romantic and Victorian collection: https://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians

If you could be trusted to self-motivate, this  site would be your teacher.

If you could be trusted to self-motivate, this site would be your teacher.

The second demonstrates the collective scholastic innovation of dedicated lovers of lit: the Victorian Web: http://www.victorianweb.org/

The Web will be significant in Great Expectations, not least of which in building expectations that are great.

The Web will be significant in Great Expectations, not least of which in building expectations that are great.

The other sites, based upon your subject, could include:

the BALL:

https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/

the NATURE WALK:

https://vqronline.org/nature-loving-victorians

the ANATOMY LECTURE:

http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/feature/body-snatching-around-the-world/

the COURT:

http://vcp/e2bn.org/justice/

the GOVERNESS:

http://web.utk.edu/~gerard/romanticpolitics/governess.html

the GRAND TOUR:

https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/2008/04/14/the-grand-tour-in-the-18th-19th-century/

the NEWSPAPER:

http://find.galegroup.com/bncn/BNCN_researchguide.htm

the CARRIAGE:

https://www.ourcivilisation.com/smartboard/shop/bynpwllr/coaches2.htm

9th – City Dionysia WebQuest

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Dream job - making high-quality educational websites.  Also, having likeness preserved on a jar.

Dream job – making high-quality educational websites. Also, having likeness preserved on a jar.

Freshmen!  Welcome to theater.  We begin this week in, er, the Beginning!  The Ancient Greeks are credited with the invention of modern theater, and you are learning all about ’em this week through the City Dionysia packet.  To complete the prompts, visit the most excellent resource of ARTSEDGE, the Education in Arts wing of the Kennedy Center.

Visit the site, which opens up in your first section: Prologue.

http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/interactives/greece/theater/prologue.html

Due at the end of the week, this is your first chance in Semester 2 to earn KLEOS – TO GLORY!

British Lit. – Unit 3 Overview

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A new week, a new unit!  Now, I know all of you loved Macbeth ever so much (almost at dashing-brains-on-the-floor levels), but it’s time to move into our needlessly overpacked third unit — the Enlightenment, Restoration, and Romantic Eras in 6 weeks or less!

As promised, I have included today’s content-opening overview so that you may review the years, terms, and personalities that you might explore in your Unit Projects.

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Huzzah!

Thanksgiving Memories

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This year, I hope to share with you a set of video traditions that have already taken a special place in the hearts of my family, as I’m sure they will in yours.  Of course, they are mostly about food, but be sure to set time aside for that family talking and activities kind of stuff.  There are only so many Thanksgivings.

Now back to food.  Eat it, even if you don’t like it.  Put it on your plate.  Thank you food bringers for caring enough to bring anything.  Bob’s Burgers says it best:

And it’s been covered by the National!

That turkey should not die in vain.

Maybe it’s the gravy that really sets your family Thanksgiving apart.  Bob’s Burgers and The National are here to help us again!

And if you’re still needing to satisfy your family’s quirkiness or willingness to try it all, go Ron Swanson.  If you’ve already satisfied yourself with “the Swanson” – a turkey leg wrapped in bacon – maybe try one of Nick Offerman’s home recipes:

Enjoy!  Best of luck today, tomorrow (for the bold fools who will Black Friday), and this weekend.  See you Monday!

Mr. E is Missing! (But you knew that at this point.) The Final Chapter in the Faraway Saga.

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Last night, the third (and final) Presidential Debate was held a few blocks down from me at UNLV, and I’m happy to say that I survived with no more than a smattering of harsh words heard.

In case you’ve forgotten, this is my preferred candidate for the time being:

"And if I wanted to sit around all day going nowhere, I'd be a teacher!"

“And if I wanted to sit around all day going nowhere, I’d be a teacher!”

Putting that behind us (and not soon enough) – Well done, everyone!  I didn’t get any notice (yet) from concerned individuals – parents or administration – so I can only assume that all is good.  I will be traveling back homeward near the end of the week, and will resume gradebook updating and responding to queries early next week.  If you have any questions or items that I should note, please consider leaving me a note in the turn-in tray, which should be filled with:

9th: “The Interlopers” WS, Peter and the Wolf Viewer’s Guide, “Gray Area” graphic organizers, and the Wolf Writing Constructed Response (as well as any missing TKAM items).

12th: Unit 1 Projects, with reflective essay and rubrics attached, leaving me a note if your project didn’t fit in the bin, or was digital upon completion.  All of the Unit 1 (Beowulf and Canterbury) items should be in as well.

1010: Playing Devil’s Advocate graphic organizer, Toulmin Model organizers, Character Cards, and any notes or relevant votes pertaining to the Town Hall.

Congrats, again, everybody!  Start planning your Halloween costume if you haven’t already (like some of us did back in July) – the costume contest will be in one week, on the 27th of October!

It's the Not-So-Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

It’s the Not-So-Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

And on that final pic, good gourd, you shall dance into the weekend.  Woot!

Mr. E is Missing! (But are you missing him?) The Faraway Saga Continues: Part 3

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Hey, hey Wednesday!  I’ll be brief, as your Remind text probably sent you here while you should be getting ready for school.  Skim through these notes while you slug that skim milk.

Just kidding – no one should drink skim milk:

I know what I'm about.

I know what I’m about, son.

9th: Important goings on in class today!  But first: Werewolf socks!

What happens in Vegas...causes people to head back home as cursed, but fashionable, monsters.

What happens in Vegas…causes people to head back home as cursed, but fashionable, monsters.

Okay, now that that’s covered – your own Wolf Week continues in class today, involving group collaboration to synthesize (Vocab! see the board’s Thinking Strategy poster) some article pieces from the Casper Star Tribune in 2015.

Gray Area: Twenty years after wolves were released into the wild

There are photos and links to help each group, but especially pertaining to those of you in Group 3 for the Timeline, which has a much larger version available through the article.

12th: It’s your final official work day for Unit 1 Projects, so make some magic happen!  Or else.

Poof goes your grade.

Poof goes your grade.

1010: Today’s the day for your Town Hall! Unless you want to do it tomorrow.  Whatever works – it’s your class.  Just live in that character card, keep your manners clean, and don’t be throwing anything besides carefully considered arguments and objections.

It's all good fun till someone loses a pie. Ooh! Or, don't use any custwords (Get it? Cuss words and custards? Ha. Punny.)

It’s all good fun till someone loses a pie.
Ooh! Or, don’t use any custwords (Get it? Cuss words and custards? Ha. Punny.)

 

Mr. E is Missing! (But he has the technology.) Part 2 from the Faraway.

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Woot!  Made it in one piece.  I trust that your Monday was most marvelous, even if you had to go a whole day without my judgmental, raised eyebrow.

Before the reminders, just a note – please feel free to reach out to me this week through the school e-mail or the Remind App.  As I warned you, I will be away from grading this week, but I can still hear your questions, updates, and arguments as to why you should get extra credit/Vegas goodies/Time and Space considerations, etc.

On to your shameless check-ins!

9th: Did you enjoy Peter and the Wolf?!  I love it.  Make sure your Viewer’s Guide notes are in by the end of the week, or else you’ll be seeing this face when I get back in.

The stare already lives in your nightmares.

The stare already lives in your nightmares.

12th: How did I miss this opportunity last week in our Arthurian adventures?!

Maybe it fits into your Unit 1 Project on the cultural legacy of Arthur in British Literature.  Or you can just get Guy Richie’s Sherlock Holmes treatment on this year too, in pre-medieval times.  With monsters!

1010: Is the snark boiling over in class yet this week?!  Keep it respectful, but get ready to amp up your character cards in that Town Hall.  For some additional help, here’s a link to the original article’s comment section on The Atlantic.  Maybe you’ll get some good arguments to try in class!  I haven’t previewed them all of course, so I do not condone any comments by trolls you may find.

Not those kinds. Avoid these too.

Not these kinds.  Avoid these too.

Read Neil Gaiman’s Troll Bridge instead.  Read anything by Neil Gaiman.  Everything.

That’s it!  Stay tuned for tomorrow, and keep at it!

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