If you’re unable to join our class group in reading/acting out the play, you could benefit from a dramatic performance recorded as an audiobook. This version of audio narration of the play is performed by the actors of a famous film version of Hamlet. It includes the dramatic sound effects and music in the background to make it a realistic experience for you in reading through the play on your own.
The audiobook is one single file, but I’ve separated it so you can jump to the different Acts for convenience.
This first half of B30 continues to study the Human Experience – one of the most essential parts of that is our interactions with each other in the form of relationships. One of the most obvious reasons why the entertainment industry is so popular and financially successful is because the audience is drawn to unique and complicated relationships between characters.
Resources for this section:
Visualization Pre-View: Porphyria’s Lover
What do you think is happening in this image?
Audio narration of the poem (if it helps you for comprehension)
Compose and Create: Google Doc link
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If you pursue post-secondary education, the odds are you’ll have to develop a piece of writing that requires in-text citations and a Works Cited page. Here are some resources to use as a guide for that:
With more and more scholarly work being posted on the Internet, you may have to cite research you have completed in virtual environments. While many sources on the Internet should not be used for scholarly work (reference the OWL’s Evaluating Sources of Information resource), some Web sources are perfectly acceptable for research. When creating in-text citations for electronic, film, or Internet sources, remember that your citation must reference the source in your Works Cited.
Sometimes writers are confused with how to craft parenthetical citations for electronic sources because of the absence of page numbers, but often, these sorts of entries do not require a page number in the parenthetical citation. For electronic and Internet sources, follow the following guidelines:
Include in the text the first item that appears in the Work Cited entry that corresponds to the citation (e.g. author name, article name, website name, film name).
You do not need to give paragraph numbers or page numbers based on your Web browser’s print preview function.
Unless you must list the Web site name in the signal phrase in order to get the reader to the appropriate entry, do not include URLs in-text. Only provide partial URLs such as when the name of the site includes, for example, a domain name, like CNN.com or Forbes.com as opposed to writing out http://www.cnn.com or http://www.forbes.com.
Begin your Works Cited page on a separate page at the end of your research paper. It should have the same one-inch margins and last name, page number header as the rest of your paper.
Label the page Works Cited (do not italicize the words Works Cited or put them in quotation marks) and center the words Works Cited at the top of the page.
Double space all citations, but do not skip spaces between entries.
Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.
List page numbers of sources efficiently, when needed. If you refer to a journal article that appeared on pages 225 through 250, list the page numbers on your Works Cited page as 225-250. Note that MLA style uses a hyphen in a span of pages.
If you’re citing an article or a publication that was originally issued in print form but that you retrieved from an online database, you should type the online database name in italics. You do not need to provide subscription information in addition to the database name.
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.
In your current section of ELA work, you will practice some listening skills by selecting a podcast related to a social issue and working through some active listening tasks. The podcast should be at least 25 minutes in length approximately and on a topic that relates to an issue either nationally or globally significant in our time.
Note: Even though this is a World Literature course and shouldn’t have any Canadian content, the topics of these Canadian podcasts are relevant beyond Canada’s borders so they are acceptable topics to focus on.
Double Note: For anything longer than 30 minutes, you can listen to the 1st 25 minutes of your podcast and jump to listen to the last 5. Don’t let length interrupt choosing a topic you’re interested in.
The following have been screened for you and would be acceptable choices.
The Woman Behind a Secret Grey’s Anatomy Experiment. 33 mins In the 80s when HIV was epidemic, people believed it was a disease only homosexuals could be infected with and die, until heterosexual young people, young women included, became infected. They told their stories so people would understand it could infect anyone.
The Mother I Never Knew – story of family who gave their child to another family to be raised in another country (Australian) (53 minutes)
Deconstructing a text like a podcast: understanding the elements
Message of the text:
What’s the overall theme or focus of the podcast you listened to?
What understanding do they want listeners to walk away with after listening?
Your bias or personal reactions you have to parts of the discussion
Did you pick a topic that follows your personal beliefs or is contrary to them? Did you pick a topic that challenges your ideas or will likely support your own views and opinions?
Were their comments or ideas brought up in the podcast that touched on a viewpoint you are sensitive towards? Did you find yourself being mentally resistant to an idea or discussion in the text?
We all have biases – we are biased towards a topic or biased against one.
Main Ideas of the text and their Supporting Ideas (sub-topics)
Any informational text will be broken down into main ideas and then supported with multiple points. Consider text book chapters you’ve read or teacher’s handouts – you’ll have noticed main headings and indented bullet points of the supporting details.
Look at your note taking – did you identify some main points of the podcast and supporting details of each? What were those main ideas and sub-topics?
An explicit message is the one directly expressed to the listener. It is a clearly relayed point the authors want listeners to understand. It includes the obvious message points included. These points are not subtle or easily missed.
Implied Messages (implicit messages)
These messages are the more-hidden messages included within a podcast text. They’re not as obvious and, if a listener isn’t thinking critically and carefully while listening, they may miss that they were exposed to or influenced by implicit messages.
It is a message that is understood and hinted at, but not plainly expressed.
A listener may have to infer meaning if the message is subtly expressed.
Values shared through the podcast, of the speaker or other guests
A good listener will naturally recognize the values hinted at through what someone is saying in a podcast. A speaker may not directly explain their value or moral belief, but through their conversation you should be able to understand what is important to them.
Examples: Someone who speaks about a lack of funding in the health care system to support sick children will value social supports that protect individuals. Someone who investigates the amount of food that’s wasted in our grocery and food services industry will value conservation or sustainable living. Someone who reports on an American justice system that still uses the death penalty on teenage offenders will be someone who values the idea of right and wrong, justice, restitution, or second chances.
Tone of the Message
The same way that you recognize mood or tone in a poem or short story, you should recognize tone in a listening text.
The speaker may use certain language that makes clear a subtle tone or a stronger tone. It can be the difference between talking about a topic in an informing way compared to a convincing way.
Editors may also include other elements like sound effects or music in the background to help establish the tone of the overall podcast. Discussing a topic like assisted suicide may be approached in a negative or skeptical tone … or it can be approached in a positive way sharing an opinion of it being the right answer for some people in need.
If the host or a guest on a podcast is trying to convince listeners of one side of a topic, they may use comments, anecdotal stories, personal experiences to emotionally compel listeners to support their side of the issue.
It is a technique of manipulation, though a subtle one. Critical thinkers need to stay alert/aware to understand if they are being slightly manipulated or not.
Other hosts or guests on a podcast may come prepared to convince listeners of a topic (the importance of it or to side with one perspective of that topic) not through emotional manipulation, but instead through a rational argument that’s well-organized and shared with the listener.
It may include using logical, rational points set up almost like a debate structure. Listeners may find themselves believing that speaker because of how informed they are/seem on the topic.
Still, in recognizing a speaker with Reasoned Argument, a critical thinking listener must consider whether they believe everything that speaker is sharing. Do they trust their information?
Use of Allusion
This is a poetic device some hosts or guests may use to develop the entertaining factor of their topic. By making references to popular characters in other texts, it helps listeners make personal connections to a topic or speaker. If they refer to some type of rescue as “Noah’s arc” that protected everyone, that’s an Allusion reference from the Bible. If they refer to some heroic person as a type of “John Wayne” or “Moses”, they’re referring to other characters seen as being heroic.
Artistic creative efforts
What was unique about the techniques used in your podcast choice that may have been added for style specifically to help keep the podcast interesting for a listener?
It may include their use of sound effects to help the reader visualize a scene as someone narrates their personal experience. It may include the use of the host’s voice – using a lot of inflection, laughter, and comical jokes. Was there anything specifically unique and creative about how your podcast was constructed? If so, describe how they developed that.
One of the formal writing assignments in the B30 course is to write a Compare/Contrast Essay. You have previously written some Analytical Essays, some Persuasive or Editorial Essays, and a Critical Analysis Essay after reading your novel choice in ELA A30.
For this assignment, the two texts you’ll compare are a short story and film. The focus of your essay will be to compare the theme of identity explored between both texts.
Additional Text Options: There are several other films that focus on the theme of identity. If you have an idea for another film that will pair well with the Orwell essay, talk to me about it.
Optional Videos I can provide: click links to view trailers The Power of One (movie) Hotel Rwanda (movie) Cinderella Man (movie) Million Dollar Baby (movie)
Planning the Writing Assignment
Organization Options for Your Essay:
This video does well to explain three organizational methods:
Integrated Structure (side by side analysis) <– this is most similar to work you’ve done
We’re reading and performing the play Hamlet together as a class, and many of you are doing a wonderful job of injecting some personality and character into your performances of your roles, versus simply reading out lines. It’s important, too, to watch it performed by actors who have studied it and have their own interpretations of how the characters would behave.
Remember, Hamlet is meant to be viewed as a live performance.
There are several options below for watching a multimedia version of Hamlet. Things to consider in making your choice:
They are of different lengths, so if you choose one that’s longer, you may be committing to finishing viewing it at home on your own personal time. It also might be that you would enjoy the longer one more, so it’s worth that extra commitment to you.
The play was intended to be performed live. Watching the live performance may seem more authentic to how it would have been originally received in Shakespeare’s time. And Benedict Cumberbatch is a pretty animated looking Hamlet.
You may prefer one actor over another. Kenneth Branagh and Mel Gibson are both well known for their portrayals of Hamlet, though one happens in a more recent modern setting and the other happens in a more medieval castle type setting. Lots will go into your choice.
Enjoy, though! This should only reinforce what we’ve already been reading together of the play.
And note: I’m encouraging you to watch in your video choice only as far as we have currently read. If you watch beyond that, you’ll still follow along with us in our performance of the play in class.
Performed January 2017 – Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet, performed on stage in front of live audience but with moving cameras. This is a great production to watch, because you can hear the audience laugh during the comedy lines. It was recorded and broadcast to Movie Theaters across the UK.