There are a lot of cool books on the shelves of the bookcase at the back of the room. Most are separated to fit their best course or genre that they relate to, but it can be deceiving, since many overlap and fit a number of high school ELA courses.
To help you see what your options are and decide, I’ve created online shelves in GoodReads. At the link below, you can skim through and read summaries to every book on my shelf and get a sense of its topic, rather than judging by colour.
To begin our look at Macbeth, we considered the possible influences for our choices:
Fault: we make our own decisions, exert free will, so we alone are responsible for successes or failures
Fate: timing of events/sequencing can be all it takes to set up a circumstance that leads to our downfall – could it be just coincidence or destiny that leads us to success or failure?
Influence: people that surround us has differing levels of influence on us. Those who are more persuasive can be quite impacting, so could it be less our success/failure and more someone else’s at times?
To start the play, it’s helpful to have a basic overview of what the play is about and who the players are. This summary cartoon does a great job of that. Watch up to about six minutes in. That leaves the ending/tragedies that unfold still to be discovered as we read/perform the play.
There’s also the continued conspiracy theory that Shakespeare isn’t the sole author of all he’s credited for writing. An interesting film/documentary was made looking into that possibility.
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.
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!
You’re soon going to listen to an interesting podcast that looks at the scientific background of “Race”; it explores the question of whether race actually exists, beyond the Human Race.
Your task, while listening to that podcast, will be to follow along and sketchnote your understanding of the audio. You likely haven’t tried creating a sketchnote visual before, though, so you’ll need to understand what it’s about and how to use the symbols best to your advantage.
The number one thing to understand, though, is that this is low risk – there’s no “right” or “wrong” in trying this. You’re going to give something new a try and see how it suits you and your style of learning.
For some exposure to sketchnoting, then, there are a few YouTube tutorials you can use to learn a bit about it and the technique.
Your B10 course will be much like your ELA A10 course, but the two halves will focus on different themes. They’ll study literature exploring:
To start your Equality unit,you’ll watch a movie about a young boy who earns a football scholarship to a private, ivy league school. (Ivy league would mean it’s a school rich and prominent people send their kids to so they can be prepared to go on to ivy league universities, like Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard. These are some of the most prestigious colleges in America and many years ago, they were mostly for White students only.)
While you’re watching the film,track some of your ideas, personal responses, and predictions in the linked Google Doc. We’ll review the comments you’ve left after watching and use them to start our discussions.
You know you’re tasked with writing an Obituary celebrating a character’s life from the play Macbeth. To get an idea of what this type/form of writing is like, here is a website with a collection of unique Obituaries. Read them to get a sense of:
how each celebrates the deceased in some way
quirky elements – the uniqueness of each is mentioned
one sample tries to find meaning in a tragic loss of a son to suicide – it’s worth skimming for ideas (tragic loss of many in Macbeth)
We’ll be using the Sparks Notes modern version of the Shakespeare play. It’s called the No Fear Translation of Macbeth. It’s published as a pdf, which makes reading so much easier! Download the text at the link so you’ve got it on your iPads for our reading classes.
We’re about to start studying a famous Shakespeare play called Macbeth. It’s known for being one of the bloodiest of his tragedy plays. But this isn’t a 400 year old story with no relevance to today – it has every relevance. Many of the popular shows in media in the last handful of years follow a type of formula for anti-hero protagonists in tragic circumstances.
The video examples below are evidence of the ultimate question that surrounds these types of plot lines: is it the character’s fault or fate?
Breaking Bad – Walter arrives to rescue Jesse from relapsing in his drug addiction and, while there, an event happens. Is Walter guilty of the results of the scene or was he a victim of cruel fate and poor timing?
The Path – A story of a cult-like community whose leader is away receiving the rest of the messages from God that will direct their future path. Another young leader, Cal, knows the truth, though, that the leader is in a South American hospital dying, and Cal, believing himself to be the next chosen leader, is trying to direct fate so that he’ll lead on. Confronted by someone else who knows the truth of the dying leader, and recent circumstances having literally put a broken vase in Cal’s hand, he reacts in a moment and kills another.
Without fate setting up the circumstances and timing of this event, there would have been no murder. Again, is it fault or fate?