Sorry for the missed week, it has been a busy time for us moving towards Spring Break. So, this will be an update from last week, this week, and also some words on breaks and Spring and life and the world and... and... and...
Here we go:
We have finished our soliloquies! We have finished our presentations! And I am really excited about all the participation I got this go around when it came to presenting in front of the class instead of as a video on our iPads. Thanks for all the excellent performance. I am still in the process of grading these--like I said, it's been a busy couple of weeks for me--but those scores should be coming in soon. So far though, form what I have heard, I am really impressed with how well we responded to Shakespeare. He is of a difficult language of which to comprehend on the level that I have seen exhibited so far in all of my classes... Kind of like that last sentence. Anyway... Good job!
This week was a quick sprint through poetry. We read 13 poems in 4 days, and analyzed all of them. This culminated to the poster discussions from today. Check out the “class work” button from the home screen to see these. From there find the button that corresponds to your class’ discussion and open up the blog. Once on the blog page, find a few discussions to your liking, and add some comments. Remember that these conversations were inspired by the poetry we read, so it is imperative that you use evidence from the poems to support your thinking. Look and see what others have done to help you with this. You can add your responses below the each poster in the “comment” section.
Spring Break is here and I know not everyone is ready for it. It may be hard to believe, but some people are not so excited about having to be away from school for a whole week or more. Not because of missing the work, or because of missing their friends, but maybe because it is the best place for them to be. It is important to be aware of others, of their struggles, of those lives different from our own.
So, be happy and have fun,
that you are
a lucky one.
This week we finished up our work with The Tempest and we got a chance to see how Prospero has transformed. Can you believe he just forgave everyone!? All those people wronged him in some way, but he just let it go. If only we all could have that strength...
What would it look like if we could forgive those who have done us harm? No matter the crime we would allow for time to heal our wounds, and not resolve to punishment or revenge.
An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind... I think Prospero knew this, or at least Ariel helped lead him to this understanding. Either way he has changed and everyone is safe because of it. He had the power, but he gave it up for the betterment of all those around him. He was rewarded for his selflessness.
Through reflection of ourselves, we can see how our actions can affect others. So... talk to thy self. Reflect on the wishes not of your own. Be not afraid of perspectives beyond the mirror. To yourself be true, and, following fast, so will the rest fall into place.
Ummm... Not sure what I was saying there. I tried to be all Shakespearean for a moment. But basically... Think! Ask questions of yourself and of others! and, Be the world you wish you had!
This is where you can check and see a brief overview of what we have done as a class each week. My intention is to keep this up to date with happenings, assignments, trends, previews of the following week, and anything else that needs to be shared with my students and their families. I may not always get something written each week, but I will do my best to be disciplined in keeping you informed.