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 an essay you will write soon…o soon… Student Who Faints at the Mere Mention of Essays: An essay? (faints) Mr. Pedrech:Today, you will learn how to write a General to Specific introduction. This kind of introduction is by far the most common for essays. Pessimistic yet Intrigued … Continue reading ENG 1D: Introductions

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. Do you want to know more? Student Who is Ambivalent: Meh. Mr. Pedrech: Okay…so Dramatic Irony occurs when the audience knows something that the characters in the story don’t. Observant Student #1: Like how the audience know that Romeo and Juliet are married, but their parents … Continue reading ENG 1D: Dramatic Irony and Subtext

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, I’ve heard you exclaim, “What is with the rhymes? What’s Shakespeare’s game?” Err we read the lines and rhymes of the Bard, My next few thoughts might catch you off your guard. Think of beats, my young friends. Yes, beats, I say, Things used by … Continue reading ENG 1D: Don’t Let Your Teacher Write Poetry

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 that he has been banished (which, you must admit, is better than receiving a death sentence). In scene iv, Capulet will arrange Juliet’s wedding with Paris (which, as you can imagine, will eventually come as quite a shock to Juliet) After you are finished watching, … Continue reading ENG 1D: Juxtaposition

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 lines in your section of the play. Everyone in the group must add these to their notes! Remember that you must be able to explain why these lines matter. We will play the game tomorrow. When the game begins, you may quiz the team of your choice and … Continue reading ENG 1D: the Great Line Challenge

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 feature our two young protagonists trying to arrange their marriage. Unfortunately, the third scene features death, which doesn’t make for much of a wedding present. Act 2 Scene 5: This short scene features Juliet anxiously questioning the Nurse for news from Romeo. Act 2 Scene … Continue reading ENG 1D: A Time for Death…

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 two shock jocks (radio hosts who do shocking things). The nurse committed suicide two days later. These videos raise a number of questions, but one particularly important question is this: how responsible are we for what we make? Let’s see what you make of this… Continue reading ENG 1D: Are We Responsible for What We Make?

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. If you can’t think of a story option, you can try writing a 55 word version of Lather, That’s All. For this to work, we need to concentrate on the three classic elements of storytelling: plot, setting, and action: Plot: developing a plot in 55 … Continue reading ENG 1D: Short Fiction

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 that he has been banished (which, you must admit, is better than receiving a death sentence). In scene iv, Capulet will arrange Juliet’s wedding with Paris (which, as you can imagine, will eventually come as quite a shock to Juliet) After you are finished watching, … Continue reading ENG 1D: Juxtaposition

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 on what we have seen so far, the only plot point that must be realized in this scene is the meeting between the Nurse and Romeo. however, much of the scene focuses on Mercutio (and his opinion of Tybalt).  Shakespeare’s purpose, it seems, is to contrast these … Continue reading ENG 1D: Two Very Different Men