April 13

ELA B30 Studying Hamlet – the most popular of Shakespeare’s plays

Studying any Shakespeare text is a challenging task. The texts were written 400 years ago in a different time, different culture, with different gender roles and a different context. For us, it isn’t that we try and are able to read the original or modern translation of the text on a first try; for us, it’s more important that we understand the storyline and the different connections we can make between the play and our own world and lives.

For that reason, you’re going to “get to know” Shakespeare and the play of Hamlet before we read it. Understanding the basics of plot and expectations of Shakespeare plays in advance will make reading through the play go much easier and our conversations can be of a deeper topic, like motivations of characters, development of conflicts, and more.

 

With a partner or on you own, do some online research and learn about each of the following elements of the writing/author listed below. You’re expected to write out by hand what information you find and collect from online, since handwriting leads to longer-lasting memories and understanding.

  1. Shakespeare:
    1. Why is he still so popular in modern times and today? How is he represented by our mass media?
    2. Why is he still taught in schools, when there are so many other great authors and texts that have been developed in the last 400 years?
    3. Are William’s stories original or copies of other people’s existing stories?
    4. Most significant/unique features of his writing?
    5. What is the format of a Shakespeare drama – a five act play?
    6. Was Shakespeare a single person? What evidence is there that he was multiple people?
    7. Even in the tragedy plays, like Hamlet, there is always a comedy element. What is the purpose for this?
    8. What was believed at the time, 400 years ago, of ghosts and their use in plays? What did they represent?
  2. The play Hamlet
    1. What interesting facts or trivia can you find of this play?
    2. What types of modern retellings of the play are there? For example, are there movies that are based on this plot/story but altered a bit? What are they? Ex: The Lion King
    3. This play is a classic Elizabethan Tragedy Play – what are the characteristics of this?
  3. Characters of the Play – (you can make a concept map or chart for these responses)
    1. What two family groups are there in the play?
    2. What characters are neutral – loyal to both sides of the family feud?
    3. Who are the main characters? Secondary characters?
    4. Are there any archetype or stock characters in this film? Identify a few.
    5. What makes a tragic hero?
    6. How are women typically represented in Shakespeare’s plays? How do they typically die and what does that say of how they were considered at the time?
    7. What was the purpose or role of “madness” used in Shakespeare’s plays?
  4. What themes exist in the play?
  5. What is the plot of the play? How do things develop, become more complicated, and then are resolved? (Note – you might decide to avoid learning the final outcome of the play, to naturally enjoy it as we read/perform it.)
  6. Develop five questions you are left with now that you hope to have answered by the time we’ve performed and read the play.
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April 7

ELA B30 Choosing a Poem for your Performance

Your next assignment is to select a poem of appropriate difficulty level and at least 15 lines and to dramatically perform it for the class. To help you get a sense of poems that would be suitable for this assignment, I’m going to give you a few links of ones that would work well for your choice.

 

Megan Married Herself – have to read this lol

Death is Nothing at All

After the Dinner Party

The Friend

Sorcery (looks long but has short lines)

He Has an Oral Fixation

ABC

White Dog (Marin this would be good for you!)

Old Love

The Wolves

Love, I’m Done With You – ouch, a bitter break up poem!

I am Trying to Break Your Heart – taxidermy comparison

To You Again – someone in a relationship feels unnoticed

The Mask– you could listen to this poem narrated for a short bit to be reminded of how to perform or speak poetry. (It’s too long to be someone’s choice, though.)

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April 6

ELAB10 Pre-Reading Inquiry – The Dirty 30s

You’re about to read a novella (short novel) set in the Dirty 30s of America. To understand the relationships and context of the story’s plot, you’ll need to learn a bit about that era of history.

Do some online digging and find out a few things about each of the following:

  1. America in the Dirty 30s – The Great Depression
  2. The Dustbowl
  3. Migrant Workers
  4. Unemployment Rates
  5. Why Men Left their Families
  6. Riding the Rails (traveling by train)
  7. Role differences of men and women
  8. What happened to children during the Depression
  9. Look up Photography of The Dirty Thirties and skim through them

Once you’ve learned about these things, you’re ready to read the novel.

You can also read the summary of or watch at home the film Cinderella Man. It’s set in a similar time and includes many of these characteristics of the time.

 

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April 5

ELA 9 Identity novel reading: LOTF or The Outsiders

This will be our last big project in ELA 9 this year. You have typically been free to select your own novel for independent reading, but this time you’ll select from one of two options:

  1. The Outsiders is a short novel based around two opposing groups of youth from a small community. It’s set in the 1960s and focuses on one young boy’s struggle to figure out who he is as he faces tough peer pressure.
  2. Lord of the Flies is also a short novel based on a group of boys whose plane is shot down during War. With no adults surviving and being stranded on an island in the Pacific, the boys have to establish some method of decision making. There are conflicts over what type of government style they want for their new, temporary society.

I only have a few paper copies of these books, so you may likely read them on your iPads. Here are digital copies of both books. Download them so they stay on your devices. You’ll also be highlighting parts as you read and you’ll need to refer back to those parts for an after-reading project.

The Outsiders online pdf copy

Lord of the Flies online pdf copy

 

While Reading: collect evidence (references and page numbers) of characters figuring out their sense of identity. It can include:

  • how they face difficult choices
  • the struggle between what they want and what they do instead
  • the pull of peer pressure influencing choices
  • the conflict with another character who is very opposite them in qualities (characters compared can help you understand both characters better than just one character on its own)
  • what types of fears they voice to themselves or others
  • how they treat their friends/those closest to them
  • other elements that you feel contributes to that character’s sense of Identity.

Be sure to collect and track these moments in the text As you’re Reading, because it’s much harder to find them after you’ve finished reading.

 

 

 

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March 31

ELAB10 Equality – Responsibility to Others in the World

We’ve recently finished studying events in history where culture groups were in need of protection from persecution. It’s a pretty heavy, but important, topic!

In our discussions yesterday we made comparisons of more recent world events, after the Travel Ban (#1) was enacted in America. The reactions from people across the USA were amazing to see; the positive reactions were amazing. The negative ones, discouraging.

I said I’d collect some of the examples so you can see what happened.

 

March 31

ELA B30 Types of Relationships – Exploring Expressions of Them

The Lumineers – the lead singer, Wesley, mentioned his father died ten years ago and he thought he was managing that loss, until one day he needed a pair of black dress socks and went to borrow a pair from his father’s sock drawer. In it, he found a pistol – a pistol he never knew his father owned.

The following song is about that moment and his processing of that new information. He mentioned the struggle, the reality of his father’s loss then, realizing he had questions he knew could never be answered.

A question a young student might ask is “why do people write poetry” and “why do we read poetry”?

People write poetry in moments like Wesley’s, in an effort to process something important in their life.

Others then will read that poetry to help them understand their own experiences, see how others processed those difficult thoughts and emotions, and develop a wider understanding of what it means to be human and interact with others.

 

We also watched another video, a true exchange between two exes who still held hurt from their relationship. Does this seem like a typical type of exchange between two exes, from your experience of romantic relationships?

 

 

 

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March 22

2017: Grade 10 Introductions to German Penpals

Hi there from far away! Below are the Introductions the Canadian students have made to share with our new German friends. We’re really looking forward to whatever we each gain from this exchange of cultures and ideas!

 

Exciting times for #ELAB10 students!! We’ve got new #penpals and are just starting our first writing post directed to them. Our pals are from #Germany and are in gr9, which we think is actually equal to our gr10. We’ve created introductions to send to them and their teacher said they’re going to look through them and “call dibs” to pick who they’ll pair up with. The German students will be writing in English, but it’s not their first language, so each #Canadian student will have 2 partners (and one with 3). Now… what to write them!? They’ll each initiate a conversation topic every two weeks – one started by a Canadian student about one of our recent #ELA topics they want to share/hear feedback on and one topic initiated by a #Germanstudent for the same exchange of ideas. We’re excited to try this out! We’ll be using our #elablogs and the key thing that was brought up today was they’ll have a real audience! #realworldlearning #culturalexchange #realtopics #openminded #Saskteacher

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Beside each name if their Introduction PDF.
Below each name is their first Post/Letter written to you! Good luck getting started!

Bella (Isabella) Bella – About Me

First Blog Post to You: http://bellat2015.edublogs.org/2017/03/21/letters-to-a-pal-week-1/

 

Brooke Brooke – About Me

First Blog Post to You: http://villib2015.edublogs.org/2017/03/22/dear-pen-pal/

 

Carson Carson – About Me

First Blog Post to You: http://carsong2015.edublogs.org/2017/03/21/first-wright-to-my-pen-pal/

 

Jenna Jenna – About Me

First Blog Post to You: http://jenna2015r.edublogs.org/2017/03/22/letter-to-a-pal-week-one/

 

Leah Leah – About Me

First Blog Post to You: http://leahl2015.edublogs.org/2017/03/21/letter-to-a-pal-week-1/

 

Mackenzie Mackenzie – About Me

First Blog Post to You: http://becky2015b.edublogs.org/2017/03/21/letter-to-a-pal-week-1/

 

Nate Nate – About Me

First Blog Post to You: http://nate2015p.edublogs.org/2017/03/21/127/

 

Trystan Trystan – About Me

First Blog Post to You: (Written by a guest since Trystan is going to be away for a week)
http://trystans2015.edublogs.org/2017/03/22/letter-to-a-pal-week-one/

We’re excited to hear from you!!
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March 16

ELA 9 March 16/17 Practice Identifying Figurative Devices – challenge

The following lines are from popular pop songs and include one or more of the following figurative devices:

Plays on meanings of words: personification, similar or metaphor

Plays on sounds of words: alliteration, assonance, consonance

You can try this quiz in one of two levels: with hints or without hints. Let me know which you want to try!

Bonus marks if you can identify the song title and artist!

Song Lyrics Quiz – gr 9  (multiple choice)

 

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March 9

ELA 9 Mar 9/17 C8 Novel Visualizing: Post-Project Reflections

There’s been some amazing work developed by students working through this Visualization project. The options were available to create many types, but most stuck to choosing between creating a new Book Jacket Cover and creating a Novel Periodic Table of Elements, and the end results are so cool!

Now that this project is over, though, it’s time to look back and reflect on decisions made, successes and goals for another time, and overall how pleased you are with yourself for the work you’ve done.

Take some time to develop your personal response to each of the following prompts. When you’ve answered them all:

  • find a quiet spot and audio record your personal reflections of these questions.Image result for audio recorder app
    Note: We do speaking activities for different purposes. In this instance, imagine you’re talking to yourself down the road. You’re going to grow in skills and confidence as a student and, a year or two from now in High School, you’ll look back at this activity and listen to yourself recount whether it was a challenge, how you faced that challenge, and what goals you hoped to achieve in this type of activity in the future. Tell yourself what you’re proud of and what you hope to improve in.
  • take a photo of your visualization project
  • When done, embed your audio and image into your Blog with an appropriate title. This is an AR Task; you can either post it as a new Post to your blog or add it to your AR Reflections Page.

Reflection Questions:

  1. Novel Choice:
    1. Identify the novel you chose and review the story lineImage result for risk taking meme
    2. Whether you would recommend a friend read it as well and why
    3. What you can say of the author’s style of writing and how it’s unique
  2. Choice of Visualizing Project:
    1. Did you do the book jacket, periodic table or other?
    2. Reasoning for your choice – Why did you pick that type of project and not another?
  3. Decisions made along the way of your project:
    1. What type of roadblocks did you encounter that you had to work around/figure out? Describe them and how you solved them.
    2. Challenges: What other challenges existed in the project you developed? Explain/Describe
  4. Your Reaction to your Challenges:
    1. Did you stretch your abilities?
    2. Did you try things that took yourself out of your comfort zone?
    3. What type of risk-taking did you do?
  5. How did you mentally handle the work you were doing?
    1. Did you demonstrate any resiliency, an ability to overcome and work through some stressful times and obstacles?
    2. Did you quit any part of your project or give up on an idea because it was too hard? Explain.
  6. Identify a “yet” target – something you can’t do yet that would have helped you be successful in this project. Explain your choice.
  7. End Result of the Project:
    1. Are you proud of your work or let down? Explain.
    2. Advice to another future student before they start this project – what should they know before beginning?
  8. Ratings:
    1. I give myself ____ out of 5 stars on my end project, because ______________.
    2. I give myself ____ out of 5 stars for my strategies, choices, and problem-solving on this project, because __________________.
    3. I give this Project Activity ___ out of 5 stars, because ________________.

 

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