April 27

ELA B30 Ap 27/17 Watching Hamlet – film/tv/live choices

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 hot looking Hamlet. 🙂
  3. 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.Image result for benedict cumberbatch hamlet

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 2017Benedict 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.

 

 

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Hamlet (1990 film) – Mel Gibson as Hamlet
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January 6

ELA 9, 2017 B7 Starting Shakespeare (day 1)

Fun, engaged, #activelearning class this morning in #ELA9! We started #Shakespeare and we dug around online with the topic of #languagedevelopment – since the text of any #TheBard plays are brim-full of new language. We just explored online – no handout to work through, but just sort of hovered on a topic or went online wherever the searches took us. So fortunate to have 1:1 #edtech #byod so each student was able to direct their own online discovery of this topic or go at their own pace.Image result for swagger meme

We covered:

  1. Word of the Year: Several different dictionary companies/sites have identified a single word to represent that year
    Word of the Year 2014 – culture (rape culture, culture shock, culture of fear
    Word of the Year 2015 – not actually a word but an emoji, for the first time
    The Word of the Year for 2016 from the different Dictionary sites are: Brexit, Surreal, and Post-Truth.
    So we discussed: a) what is a Word of the Year (in general) and b) why is there such a thing?
  2. Top 10 Words of the Year Lists: Several dictionaries also have narrowed down the top 10 important words of a year. Not all words are new, but possibly used in a new context or more often searched in that year as a response to an event of that year.
  3. Newly-Added/Suggested Words to Dictionary Sites: We next looked at the words these dictionary companies have recently accepted as new words to be added to their published dictionary book copies or online sites. This is where we had a lot of fun – there are a lot of mash-ups, or new word combinations to make a single word. One student asked “How lazy are people”, but it may be just the opposite since it takes a bit more effort to create something new as opposed to using what exists.
    Each student collected a list of their Top 20 new words. Some of our favourites are:

    1. Double double – Canadian slang for “two cream-two sugars”
    2. Autocowrong – when autocorrect changes a word to the wrong word
    3. Noice – extremely good, very nice
    4. Confrustion – frustrating confusion
    5. Bromaid – a male bridesmaid
    6. Bulletize – to format a summary of text into bullet points
    7. Craydar – ability to be aware of crazy people in the vicinity
    8. Siq – cool way to spell “sick”
    9. Trumpatized – traumatized by the idea of Trump as President
    10. Bae- before anyone else
    11. #PMHT – pardon my hashtag
    12. Architectophile – a person with a strong interest in architecture
    13. Edventure – an educational adventure
    14. Squirkle – a square with rounded edges
    15. Legitly – in a legitimate manner
  4. Slang – shorthand language. We skimmed through a slideshow of viral slang for 2016. These words are different as they may not be recognized formally by a dictionary, but are still popular enough or used enough to have a recognizable meaning.
    One example surprised us: FB/LB which people will often post on Instagram. It means “follow back/like back”.
  5. Next Comes: Famous Movie Quotes Translated to Text Language

 

It was a lively, engaged and concept-attainment sort of class! I’ll use this formula again!

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