ENG 1D: I Like to Rhyme (Some of the Time)

If you want your parents to know more about our Skype-a-Thon, show them this link.   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…

ENG 1D: New Version of Romeo and Juliet Found!

Ladies and gents, I made a thrilling discovery yesterday. It seems that our beloved William Shakespeare actually wrote a second version of Romeo and Juliet. This version is particularly exciting for fans of theater because of its unusual format. It seems that Shakespeare wrote this version entirely in modern, conversational English. In fact, the tone…

ENG 2D: Act I Scene iii

The last scene established that this world full of violence and treachery; this scene establishes that it is full of dark magic. Our goal for this scene is to understand how the witches’ half-truths and prophesy take hold of Macbeth. Before we begin, I want you to complete a very quick writing task (5 minutes)….

ENG 2D: Start Your Engines

ENG2D Academic day 1 Sheet Here is a list of the assignments that will be formally evaluated. Please note that they do not include regular writing tasks designed to help you communicate more effectively. Becoming a better writer tutorial articles for the Centurion (our online newspaper) Short Story Macbeth articles A test in-class media essay Novel…

ENG 2D: Exam Review

Today, we will prepare for the exam by quickly reviewing Macbeth. Each group of four will need to choose one of the following, and brainstorm any relevant ideas (make sure you grab a few copies of the play to help you!): Key characters Key events Key theories/concepts/themes After 10 minutes or so, Ms. Sheeler will…

ENG 2D: Conducting Research and Organizing Your Work

Today, you will continue conducting research for your upcoming essay. You will organize your findings in a mind-mapping tool called Mindomo: Mindomo is connected to D2L, the same platform that we used for audio feedback for your short stories. Because Mindomo is browser-based, you can log in using different devices (including those at home) to…

ENG 2D: Playing with Conventions

Last week, we did the unthinkable: we recreated a theorist’s (Roland Barthes) argument about professional wrestling, language, and codes by hosting/deconstructing our very own wrestling match. Hopefully, the conversation that followed help you understand the basics of conventions and film genres. Understanding media conventions is one of the expectations of the curriculum; it is also essential…

ENG 2D: Writing Instructions

Today, you will attempt to write instructions for a simple task that you know how to do. The task can be anything that has multiple steps. Here are some possibilities: how to tie your shoes how to download an app how to apply makeup how to draw a human figure how to make kraft dinner…

ENG 2D: How to Write a News Article

Today, we will focus on a single task: writing a news article. Here is why: You need to write news articles for your Macbeth assignment (which will take place over the next few days) Writing a news article is a significant part of the OSSLT You will write two articles today. Imagine that two of…

ENG 2D: You Won’t Believe What I Just Heard

Today, I want you to spread some gossip. That’s right. I want you to engage in that very activity that every teacher since JK has told you to avoid. Yes, today, you will gossip relentlessly. (Points of clarification: by “gossip”, I mean spread stories about Lady Macbeth’s crazy sleep-walking. By “you”, I mean “you playing…

ENG 2D : Prophesies and Manipulation

Our goal today is to understand how characters (the Witches and Lady Macbeth) manipulate the central character. While we briefly read Act I Scene iii last week, let’s watch it today. Act I scene v begins with Lady Macbeth reading a letter from her husband explaining recent events. However, we are more interested in her response…

ENG 2D Act I Scene iii

The last scene established that this world full of violence and treachery; this scene establishes that it is full of dark magic. Our goal for this scene is to understand how the witches’ half-truths and prophesy take hold of Macbeth. Before we begin, I want you to complete a very quick writing task (5 minutes)….