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 animated 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.

January 6

ELA 9, 2017 B7 Starting Shakespeare (day 1)

We’ll have a fun, engaged, #activelearning class in this activity in #ELA9! We’re starting #Shakespeare and will dig around online with the topic of #languagedevelopment – since the text of any of #TheBard plays is brim-full of new language. We’ll explore online on a topic and go wherever the searches take us. We’re fortunate to have 1:1 #edtech #byod so each student is able to direct their own online discovery of this topic or go at their own pace.Will Ferrell Swagger by zachattacker | Will ferrell, Funny people, Make me laugh

Starting with:

      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 (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.
        a) what is a Word of the Year (in general) and
        b) why is there such a thing?
        c) What is 2020’s Word of the Year and what about that year is the reason for this choice?
      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. What words stand out in a Top 10 List from 2020’s year?
      3. Newly-Added/Suggested Words to Dictionary Sites: Next, look at the words these dictionary companies have recently accepted as new suggested words to be added to their published dictionary, book copies or online sites. This is where we’ll have a lot of fun – there are a lot of mash-ups, or new word combinations to make a single word. One student asked once “How lazy are people?”, but it may be just the opposite of lazy, since it takes a bit more effort to create something new as opposed to using what exists.
        * January 2021 New Words Added to the Dictionary
        * April 2020 New Words Added to the DictionaryFor yourself, collect a list of your Top 20 new words that you like. Some of our favourites have been:

        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. Skim through this 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
        This is an example of how culture and era of time impact language. Can you make your own famous movie quotes altered to use today’s common text abbreviations? 
      6. You Won’t Understand it all:
      7. How relevant is Shakespeare today?
        Watch this video to understand how much Shakepeare stories are still referenced in today’s culture.
      8. Who was he? His background
      9. Translating to Shakespeare: common rules in translation
        1. talk like Shakespeare
        2. Shakespeare Translator
      10. The Father of Phrases: phrases he invented or new words
        1. See what phrases you recognize
      11. Talented Insulter: insulting each other

This will be a lively, engaged and concept-attainment sort of class! Have fun with it!