ENG 1D: Introductions

Mr. Pedrech: I would like you to work on introductions today. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Overly Enthusiastic Student: Oh boy! It sure does! Student Who Asks Too Many Questions: Introductions for what? Why are learning about introductions? Can’t we do something else? Mr. Pedrech:  You should learn how to introduce your ideas effectively. Remember, you have…

ENG 1D: Dramatic Irony and Subtext

Some things are best learned through conversation. So, let’s give this a try, shall we? Mr. Pedrech: Today, we will learn about Dramatic Irony and Subtext. Student Who Isn’t Listening: Sorry…what was that? I wasn’t listening. Mr. Pedrech: Dramatic Irony and Subtext. Student Who is Excited About Learning: Wow…that sounds exciting! Mr. Pedrech: It sure is….

ENG 1D: Don’t Let Your Teacher Write Poetry

Before we begin, know this: The Bard is a nickname for William Shakespeare Sherlock Homes lived at 221 Baker St.   Since our first day with Shakespeare’s love-struck pair You noted that his narrative differs a hair From novels and stories you read before Though stories they’re still (at least at their core). Not annoyed, but curious,…

ENG 1D: Juxtaposition

Today, you will watch Act III, scenes ii to iv. Here is a brief breakdown of what you will see: In scene ii, Juliet will learn of Tylbalt’s murder (at Romeo’s hand!) In scene iii, Romeo (who is staying with Friar Lawrence) will be visited by the Nurse.  Before her visit, however, he will learn…

ENG 1D: the Great Line Challenge

Today, we will attempt the Great Line Challenge. While I hope you enjoy the playful competition, the real goal is to help you solidify your understanding of some key lines and plot points. I have assigned each group parts of the play. How this game will work: I will give your group some time to find 10 great lines/pairs of…

ENG 1D: A Time for Death…

Ladies and gents, you probably noticed that I am not with you today. Good for you; your keen observational skills will serve you well in the future.  This also means that your test has been delayed yet again. I am sure that you are disappointed. Today, you will read three scenes. The first two scenes…

ENG 1D: Are We Responsible for What We Make?

Below are two famous stories from the world of entertainment that had less than entertaining consequences. This video is from a Brazilian tv show. In the show, a girl  (dressed as a ghost) is snuck on an elevator when other passengers are not looking. In this video, a nurse who was the subject of a prank call by…

ENG 1D: Short Fiction

After reading an incredible short story, we will experiment with a form of writing called flash fiction. Though flash fiction has a  few variations, we will work with the premise that the story can be no longer than 55 words. I know this can be a real challenge; of course, this is why I am making you try it….

ENG 1D: Juxtaposition

Today, you will watch Act III, scenes ii to iv. Here is a brief breakdown of what you will see: In scene ii, Juliet will learn of Tylbalt’s murder (at Romeo’s hand!) In scene iii, Romeo (who is staying with Friar Lawrence) will be visited by the Nurse.  Before her visit, however, he will learn…

ENG 1D: Two Very Different Men

Ladies and gents, You will begin today by reading a modern version of Act II Scene iii independently. Remember, the modern text is on the right side of the page… Next, I’d like you to read Scene iv in the same small groups from yesterday’s press conference. Before you read, please note the following: based…

ENG 1D: Director for a Day

Congratulations! You and your group members recently directed the latest film version of Romeo and Juliet. Be proud: your unconventional interpretation of Shakespeare’s work has earned you nominations in several categories, including “Best Screen Adaptation of a Shakespearean Play Directed by Students in the Greater Strathroy Area.” Nice. Such accolades, however, come with responsibilities. Today, you…

ENG 1D: How Responsible Are We for What We Make?

Below are two famous stories from the world of entertainment that had less than entertaining consequences. This video is from a Brazilian tv show. In the show, a girl  (dressed as a ghost) is snuck on an elevator when other passengers are not looking. In this video, a nurse who was the subject of a prank call by…