Plattsburgh High School










June 9, 2006

Senior Project due today! You must complete this project in order to complete this course.  This project replaces the final exam for English 12.























Essay Test   Tuesday, May 23, 2006

All questions and answers are on this website.  All you have to do is to study!


JUNE 24, 2006


June 15, 2006

Regents Exams  Begin

June 14, 2006


June 13, 2006





June 12, 2006




June 9, 2006

English Project due today!

June 8, 2006

Read the Biography of E. M. Forster

Read The Celestial Omnibus by E. M. Forster pages 827-836

Complete the Reading Check on page 836

June 7, 2006

Read Biography of Maughm page 820.

Read The Verger by Somerset Maughm pages 821-825

Panel discussion : Discuss the relationship between education and success. 

Group one: collect evidence from the story and from real life of the need for education to attain success

Group two: collect examples from real life and from the story that shows that education is not necessary to succeed.

Beginning with Wednesday June 7th students are asked to clean out their lockers after school.  Trash cans will be made available each day after school.  You should begin to collect textbooks from students so that the books can be accounted for during Regents Exam week.  Students may not clean out lockers during study halls or lunch periods.

On Wednesday June 14th students are asked to leave their lockers open after first period.  At this point in time there should be no personal items left in the lockers.  The students should have also turned in all textbooks.

June 6, 2006 

The Door in the Wall  by H. G. Wells Part II-III-IV pages 810-815

When does the door appear?

Discuss escape mechanisms.

What are the schoolboys'  reactions to Wallace's story about the enchanted garden?

Recurring emphasis on competition is shown in schoolboys' actions and Wallace's reaction.  Wallace is humiliated and longs for the garden where competition is nonexistent.

How is Wallace attempting to resolve his internal conflict?

Discuss why Wells employs the technique of double narration.  What purpose does Redmond serve in this story?

June 5, 2006

Read Biography of H.G. Wells pages 803-804 Additional information

The Door in the Wall  by H. G. Wells Part I pages 804-810

Imagine that you have come upon a long, high wall.  In the wall  is a door that will allow you to discover the mysteries of the other side.  Would you go through the door?  If yes, what would you see?

Discuss the literature, myths, or fairy tales from other cultures about the significance of doors or gates. What about doors that are locked?  Gates that swing open?  What differences, if any, exist across cultures?

June 2, 2006

The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad

Vocabulary quiz and paragraph

June 1, 2006

Read The Secret Sharer Part II  pages 788-801

List character traits of Archbold, Leggatt and the captain.  Evaluate each character.

May 31, 2006

Read The Secret Sharer Part I pages 779-788

Vocabulary (continued from May 24, 2006)

Ship diagram

Thailand Map


FRIDAY 5/26/'06 - - TUESDAY  5/30/'06

May 25, 2006

Work on Final Project  (due June 9, 2006)

May 24, 2006

Read Biography of Joseph Conrad pages 774-775


Begin reading The Secret Sharer pages 775-779


May 23, 2006

Essay Test today!   All answers must be in complete sentences.

Read Biography of Joseph Conrad pages 774-775

May 22, 2006

"The Eve of St. Agnes" by John Keats pages 562-574 continued.

Oral reading continued page 568 line 208 on.

Complete Reading Check page 574.

May 19, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).

"The Eve of St. Agnes" by John Keats pages 562-574

Keats,  like other writers of the period, was strongly attracted to medieval literature, particularly the romance.  This poem reflects that interest.

!    1) Read stanzas 1-5 and respond to the atmosphere and setting. 

     2) Pick out the contrasting elements and describe the tone with which        Keats presents these contrasts.

     3) Consider the two protagonists:  a) Madeline, "Hoodwinked with faery fancy" (line 70), seems entirely caught up in the spiritual, other-worldly myth of St. Agnes, while b) Porphyro, his "heart on fire for Madeline" (lines 75-76), appears to embody physically aggressive desire.  But even before they are united, the two lovers are shown to participate in each other's sphere of reality.

May  18, 2006

John Keats (1795-1821) read Biography pages 556-557

Discuss Spenserian Stanza:  Rhyme scheme of  ababbcbcc , the first eight line are written in iambic pentameter; the last line, alexandrine, is in iambic hexameter.

Begin reading "The Eve of St. Agnes" by John Keats page 562.

Keats Test Questions

May 17, 2006

Read "Ode To The West Wind" by Percy Bysshe Shelley pages 546-549

Summarize each of the five stanzas.

Vocabulary: define the following words: SEPULCHER, AZURE, CHASMS, and INCANTATION.

Consider why autumn is associated with death and spring is associated with life and new birth.

Shelley Test Questions

Reminder: A lyric poem deals with subjective impressions - thoughts and feelings of the speaker.

In your own words, tell what happens in each section.

May 16, 2006

"Sonnet:  England in 1819"  by Percy Bysshe Shelley page 545

Note that "Sonnet: England in 1819" is actually one periodic sentence with multiple subjects. 

Discuss how Shelley's sonnets differ from other sonnets you have read.

Test questions:

1. Why was Shelley expelled from Oxford after only six months?

2. Why was Shelley considered a social outcast in England?

3. How does Shelley see England in "Sonnet: England in 1819"?

"For Study and Discussion" page 545 #'s 1-2 only "Sonnet: England in 1819"

May 15, 2006

Read "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley page 544

Picture a tranquil landscape devoid of human life. 

Consider how action could be added to the scene without including human elements. 

This sonnet has an unusual rhyme scheme of abacadedfefgfg. 

Its structure departs from the traditional sonnet forms but resembles that of the Italian sonnet.

Shelley takes eleven lines to describe his picture of human arrogance and three lines to express his ironic commentary.

Percy Bysshe Shelley Questions to answer

"For Study and Discussion" page 545  #'s 1 & 2 "Ozymandias"

May 12, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).

Computer Lab  next to library for work on project!

May 11, 2006

Answer questions 1-2-3-9-10-14 from worksheet provided in class.

If finished read the biography of Percy Bysshe Shelley pages 542-543

May 10, 2006

Lord Byron Read Biography pages 526 - 527

Read from Don Juan pages 535 - 539

Define: Byronic Hero page 327

A Mock Epic Poem (a comic masterpiece), based on a legendary character whose only occupation is to woo beautiful women. 

His digreesions include - politics, relations between men and women, other poets , social vices, foibles and absurdities of his time.

May 9, 2006

Open Notebook Test today!  William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

pages 473 - 513

May 8, 2006

Kubla Khan  pages 513 - 514

Read Commentary pages 514 - 515

Classwork: "For Study and Discussion" page 515 #1 only

Review for test tomorrow  William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

May 5, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).

Read pages 502-511 while viewing the

Video "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

Assignment: Complete the Reading Check page 512 #'s 1-10  (due Monday 5/8/'06)

May 4, 2006

Read pages 493 - 501 while viewing the

Video "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"  Part I - Part IV

Write a paragraph describing the ancient mariner and his journey to the South Pole and beyond.  Due 5/5/'06

May 3, 2006

Video Biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge  pages 490 - 491

Video- Part 1 "The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge"

Write as brief summary of the main events and the greatest influences in his life. ( Due at the end of class.)

May 2, 2006

Read "London, 1802"  page 487

            "The World Is Too Much With Us"  page 488

Analysis: Letters: (Rhythm, Accents, Diction, Vowels/Consonants)

                     Words:  Rhyme (End, Internal, Eye, Sound)

                     Phrases: Meaning, Imagery,  Mood, Personification, Comparisons

                     Lines: Number, Caesura

                     Stanzas: Groups of lines, thought division

May 1, 2006


Read "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802 "  page 486

            "It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free"  page 487

Analysis: Letters: (Rhythm, Accents, Diction, Vowels/Consonants)

                     Words:  Rhyme (End, Internal, Eye, Sound)

                     Phrases: Meaning, Imagery,  Mood, Personification, Comparisons

                     Lines: Number, Caesura

                     Stanzas: Groups of lines, thought division

April 28, 2006 

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).

Computer Lab to work on Long Term Final Project

April 27, 2006

Read Page 483 "Commentary" silently before reading the poems together.

Purpose, Audience, Simile, Metaphor, and Tone.

Read The Lucy Poems pages 482-484.  As we read the three "Lucy" poems describe the characteristics of  the mysterious Lucy and the poet's feelings about her.

April 26, 2006

Assignment due today:  Respond personally to one of these topics:  1) the joy in sharing some special place with a valued friend,  2) the changes in attitude that occur with the passage of time, or 3) the contrast betweeen powerful feelings and tranquility.

Classwork:  Small group discussion "For Study and Discussion" page480 #'s 1-6.


April 25, 2006

Respond personally to one of these topics:  1) the joy in sharing some special place with a valued friend,  2) the changes in attitude that occur with the passage of time, or 3) the contrast betweeen powerful feelings and tranquility.

Read  Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey page 475

The first experience is William's visit to the Wye River valley in 1793.

The second experience is his revisit to the same site five years later.

April 24, 2006

The Romantic Age (1798-1832)

Write  a brief poem or story about your emotional response to the picture on page 455.  Examine the details carefully, particularly the colors.  What mood is suggested by the castle ruins, the solitary figures, the clouds, and the sea?

William Wordsworth pg. 473

Definition of poetry: "Poetry takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility."


Assignment due today!

  Write a personal essay comparing and contrasting innocence with experience.  (Use your own experience) (Approximately 300 words).

April 21, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).

Open Book Test: William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience

and Robert Burns  selections. Pages 438-448.

Assignment:  Write a personal essay comparing and contrasting innocence with experience.  (Use your own experience) (Approximately 300 words).

                             Due Monday / 4/24/'06

April 20, 2006

William Blake

Read from Songs of Experience page 446-448

Define: Symbolism, rhythm, repetition, and parallelism.

Classwork:  "For Study and Discussion" page 448 #'s 1,2 & 3.

N.B. Open Book Test tomorrow.

April 19, 2006

Computer Lab to work on Long Term Final Project

April 18, 2006

First Multi-media artist

Read the biography of William Blake page 442

Read from Songs of Innocence  page 443-445

Recall especially vivid dreams.  Speculate what the dreams might symbolize!

Assignment due today!


April 17, 2006

Read the biography of Robert Burns page 438. 

Read the following poems together:

Ae Fond Kiss page 439

O, Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast page 439

To A Mouse page 440

Assignment: Attempt your own response in the form of a poem written from the mouse's point of view of a down-to-earth event. (due 4/18/'06)

April 7, 2006


April 6, 2006

Test today!  From March27th to present!  Vocabulary and Literature.

April 5, 2006

Classwork: Complete the crossword puzzle handed out in class.

April 4, 2006

Classwork: Complete the questions 6-10 in the handout.

Define the words that follow:



April 3, 2006

Read "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" pages 433-436


Assignment: due tomorrow complete questions 1-5 in the handout.

March 31, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).

Collect assignment from yesterday!

Read  from  "Preface to Shakespeare" pages 422-424

Complete "Reading Check" page 424

Cooperative learning exercise:

     Complete the "For Study and Discussion "questions on page 424.

Last day to complete missing work!  Grades will be computed in the next few days!

March 30, 2006

Read the "Definitions from Johnson's Dictionary" pages 420-421 and answer for Assignment due tomorrow (10 pts.)



Classwork:  (10 pts. ) Read the definitions and select one in each category:

     1. Personal definition from Johnson's perspective and explain

     2. His most confusing definition from your own perspective and explain

     3. Funniest definition - explain why

     4. Most serious definition - explain why

     5.  Most modern definition - explain why

     6. Most sarcastic definition - explain why

March 29, 2006

"Letter to Lord Chesterfield" page 419 and answer Questions


March 28, 2006

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) read page 418 and answer Questions

March 27, 2006

The Age of Johnson: read pages 416-417 and answer Questions

March 24, 2006

Pope's Epigrams page 412-413

Read epigrams together.


March 23, 2006

The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope

Writing: The human tendency to become terribly excited over the trivial has long been the subject of verse and other forms of literature.  Write a

poem about a situation that exemplifies such behavior.  Start with an outline of the events surrounding the incident, which you can then expand, revise, and finally put in poetic form.  Try to imitate Pope's rhyme scheme and use of hyperbole.

March 22, 2006

The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope read together page 405 line 105 to the end.

Define Vocabulary: ogling, obliquely, stratagems, sprites, interposed, dissever, ravished, consecrate, and inscribe.

Complete Reading Check page 410 #'s 1-5

Identify the epic characteristics found in this Mock Epic

March  21, 2006

The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope

Recall televised spoofs or light satires of real-life situations.  Like these, Pope's poem is both humorous and critical in its depiction of the situation.

Classwork: Read page 401-402 Complete Study Guide Questions #'s 1-4

Homework: Read pages 402-405 lines 1-104 due for tomorrow.

March 20, 2006

Superintendent's Day!

March 17, 2006

Short Bells today!

Read Biography of Alexander Pope page 400

Outline the significant events in his life.

Begin reading The Rape of the Lock pages 401-410

March 16, 2006

Short Bells today!

Literature and vocabulary quiz


March 15, 2006

Short Bells today!

Writing: Classwork

March 14, 2006

Short Bells today!

Read A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift  pages 382-388

Discuss together the most important satiric device in A Modest Proposal.

     (The calm, reasonable projector who humbly presents a totally unreasonable proposal to solve Ireland's economic problems) 

before reading

March 13, 2006

Short Bells today!

Define the following literary devices:  Satire, Persona, Irony, Tone and Diction.

Read A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift  pages 382-388

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Biography

Vocabulary: Define the following words: importuning, prodigious, deplorable, professed, raiment, apprehend, rudiments, proficiency, prolific, collateral, repine, deference, scrupulous, desponding, encumbrance, idolatrous, parsimony, animosities, exact (v.), expedients, effectual, and inclemencies.

March 10, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).

Essay due today: "Combining Public and Private Experience"

Read pages 366-371 The Age of Pope / Daniel Defoe Biography / from A Journal of the Plague Year

Literary term: Verisimilitude

March 9, 2006

Creative Writing

Page 365 Work at completing the essay "Combining Public and Private Experience" Due Friday, March 10, 2006

Imitate one of Pepys' diary entries.

March 8, 2006

The Diary of Samuel Pepys

read pages 361 (The LondonFire) to page 365 then complete the Reading Check questions #'s 1-5

March 7, 2006

Assignment due: Review questions on page 347

Read - Samuel Pepys Biography pg. 358

The Diary of Samuel Pepys

Classwork: read pgs. 359-361 (up to the London Fire)

March 6, 2006


Read and outline pages 328-347

Assignment: Complete the Review Questions on page 347for tomorrow

Extra Credit complete the study guide below. Due Friday, March 10, 2006.

Study Guide

March 3, 2006

Paradise Lost  Open Book Test

March 2, 2006

Paradise Lost  Read pgs. 312 - 313

Classwork: Write a vivid description of hell!

Explain the following Classical allusions:  Titanian,  Jove,  Briareos (or Typhon), and Leviathan.

March 1, 2006

Paradise Lost    Read pgs. 310 -311

Beelzebub wonders why they remain immortal and still have their strength.

No delight in hell!

Satan's pain is unrelenting!

Classwork found under characterization below!


February 28, 2006

Paradise Lost    Read pgs. 308 - 309

Satan's opening speech is full of distortion.

Paradox- Fire without light

Rewrite Satan's speech (lines 84-124)

     (Hint: Satan speaks to Beelzebub here, his next in command.)

February 27, 2006

Paradise Lost  Read pgs. 305-308

Use of Epic Conventions - 1) Invocation to the Muse, 2) Begins "in medias res",

3) Catalog of warriors, 4) Hero of sature and dignity, 5) Formal style.


Winter Break from February 20, 2006 to February 24, 2006

Have a restful vacation! See you on Monday, February 27, 2006

February 17, 2006 

Gym class Olympics: 10:02 - 10:35

Test from John Donne to John Milton pages 227-314.

From January 30th to February 16th.

All objective test!

February 16, 2006

from Paradise Lost pg. 305


February 15, 2006

The Puritan Age

     John Milton biography pg. 301

          On His Having Arrived at the Age of Twenty-Three  pg. 303

          On His Blindness  pg. 303

What does the speaker regret most about his twenty-third year?

What is the "light" (line 1) that the speaker says is "spent" in line 3?

February 14, 2006

     from First Corinthians, Chapter 13  pg. 299

What are the things that Paul considers to be of lesser importance than charity?

Paul defines charity in two ways:  what it is and what it is not.  List his definitions. 


February 13, 2006

The King James Bible

     from Genesis, Chapters 2-3  pg. 296

Writing Assignment: In a composition of about 150 words, respond to the reading above by answering the following questions and incorporating them into the essay.

After God realizes that Adam has eaten the forbidden fruit, Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the serpent.  Who do you think should bear the blame?  How do God's punishments address the question of responsibility?

Due Tuesday, February 14, 2006.


February 10, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).

The King James Version of the Bible. Read  pages 294-295

Read Psalm 8  looking for phrases that are familiar. Imagery

February 9, 2006

Read from "Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum" by Amelia Lanier page 293 Presentation

Pontius Pilate was Roman governor or Judea at the time of the crucifixion.  To remain in power, he let Jesus be crucified although he believed Jesus innocent.

Serpent tempted Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge.  Eve gave fruit to Adam.

Poems rhyme scheme is abababcc.  Lines are written in iambic pentameter.

February 8, 2006 

Two Women of the Renaissance

Define the following words: graced, importune, pine, coy, woe, repent, and "pluck your plume".

Read "When I Was Fair and Young" by Queen Elizabeth I page 292

Although Parliament petitioned her to marry to provide an heir to the throne, Elizabeth insisted on remaining unmaried.  Beseiged by royal suitors, she would favor each only when politically advantageous to her.

"For Study and Discussion" pg. 293 # 1.

Find examples of  REPETITION, METAPHOR, AND ALLITERATION in this poem.


February 7, 2006

Read "To Althea, from Prison" by Richard Lovelace page 291

List as many aspects  of freedom as you can. 

Answer the following questions: 1. In this poem, Lovelace defines some aspects of freedom.  Though he is in prison, what liberties does the speaker enjoy?   2. In each stanza, the speaker contrasts his state to conventional images of freedom.  What are they?

"For Study and Dsicussion" pg. 291 # 1-3.


February 6, 2006

Assignment: Research the life of Ben Jonson due today!

Read "The Constant Lover" by Sir John Suckling page 290

Discuss Irony and Tone

Answer the following questions: 1. In what lines does the reader become aware of the ironic tone of this poem?  2. Why does the speaker say that "no  praise" is due him for his constancy? 

"For Study and Discussion" pg. 291 #'s 1-3. Answer

February 3, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).

Assignment: Research the life of Ben Jonson (see pg. 282 and one additional source)  due Monday, Feb. 6 (Approximately one half page to one page long typed double spaced).

Review the "Carpe Diem" tradition.  List the images in the poem that places the poem in the "Carpe Diem" tradition.

Classwork due at end of class. Read "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Robert Herrick pg. 288

"For Study and Discussion" pg. 288  "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time"

#'s 1 & 2a & 2b. Discuss together in pairs. Hand in your own responses.

February 2, 2006  The Tribe of Ben

Research the life of Ben Jonson(see pg. 282)


Read together: "On My First Son" and "On My First Daughter"

Classwork: Write five statements on a subject about which you have strong feelings .

Discuss how difficult it is to make personal statements.

February 1, 2006

"Meditation 17" Quiz on Literature and Vocabulary.

Read "Easter Wings" by George Herbert  pg. 274 and paraphrase the poem.

Answer the questions for Easter Wings on pg. 274 #'s 1, 2a & 2b

then other questions.

January 31, 2006

"Meditation 17" Study Guide

Assignment: Respond to Literature  (Short paragraph)

In the closing paragraph of the selection, Donne uses an elaborate conceit based on money.  Explain the meaning of the metaphors of gold and currency.

January 30, 2006

Recognizing allusions and symbols in formal prose.

Oral reading "Meditation 17" by John Donne pg 271-272


Vocabulary define words found here for tomorrow's class.

Assignment: essay Explain the final paragraph of Meditation 17 in your own words.



   Sustained Silent Reading

  Every Friday after third period




No School Friday, January 27, 2006

Regents Exams

No School Thursday, January 26, 2006

Regents Exams

No School Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Regents Exams

January 24, 2006

Substitute this pm - Regents exam begins 12:30 pm

room 226

Students have opportunity to finish Mock Interviews

Continuation of Video Rudy

January 23, 2006


January 20, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).


January 19, 2006


January 18, 2006

Mock-Interviews  begin during class today!

Each student will first be the interviewee!

January 17, 2006

Prepare for Mock-Interview

Sign up for interview time

Period 1

Period 4

Period 7

January 13, 2006  No School Monday, January 16, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).

Prepare for Mock-Interview

Each student will prepare to interview a partner and be interviewed by that same partner.  Interviews will be scheduled for next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

January 12, 2006

Careers Unit: The Interview - Students will describe what they know about successful interviewing.

Video: The Successful Interview

Handouts on interviewing

January 11, 2006

Careers Unit:  Writing the cover letter.

Write a cover letter for a specific job found in the Press Republican. 

January 10, 2006

Careers Unit Guest speaker Mrs. Pernice

Autobiography of Mrs. Pernice to let students know that change in their lives is inevitable!

Take notes and be prepared to retell the main points made  during the telling of the autobiography.

January 9, 2006

Collect biography of Mr. Lacroix assigned for homework on Friday!

Careers Unit: Self-Assessment

Work in Computer Lab: Search for Kiersey Temperament Sorter or Myers-Briggs Assessment. (Take the survey found there for free) 

Review personality Profile:  What have you learned about yourself?  Does this survey reveal anything to you that you did not know before?

January 6, 2006

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).

Submit your resume today!

Autobiography of Mr. Lacroix to let students know that change in their lives is inevitable!

Take notes and be prepared to retell the main point made  during the telling of the autobiography.

January 5, 2006

Prepare a resume for yourself.  Do not invent any information.  You may use a previous resume if you have one. You may surf the net to find an acceptable resume form and adapt it to your needs. Submit tomorrow.

January 4, 2006

Exploring Careers Unit: The World of Work

 After you complete the link, write a paragraph of about 100 words describing the specific job that you would like to pursue.  Why  do you find it interesting?  Why do you think you would be successful at it? 


January 3, 2006

Exploring Careers Unit: Got Your Interest

How much money do you need to make to continue to live the lifestyle to which your parents have gotten you accustomed?

Assignment: finish the linked work " Got Your Interest" for tomorrow's class.

December 23, 2005

Video of choice!

December 22, 2005

Return tests and review!

Video of choice for two days.

December 21, 2005

Macbeth Final test today!

December 20, 2005

Review for final exam tomorrow.  Characters, influences on Macbeth, prophecies, primary events in the play.

December 19, 2005

Act V vocabulary quiz

Check quotation worksheets for completion, then review them together!

Submit journals today!

December 16, 2005

Snow Day!

December 15, 2005

Read together Act V, sc. 7 &8   (Pages 246-249).  Discuss what happens together.

Journal entry for ActV, scene 7:  Describe in a step by step explanation what you think happens in this scene?

Journal entry for ActV, scene 8:  How are the first three of the Apparitions' prophecies fulfilled?

Continue the video!

December 14, 2005  Called to Jury Duty!

Read together Act V, sc. 5 &6   (Pages 244-246). Discuss what happens together.

Journal entry for ActV, scene 5: How might you have expected Macbeth to react upon hearing that his wife was dead?  How did he react?

Journal entry for ActV, scene 6: What does Malcolm mean when he says that "Worthy Macduff, and we Shall take upon's what else remains to do, according to our order?

Substitute: Directions

Video play tape 1 to the end if possible!  Go to tape two until section that is wiped out.  The tapes are in the upper left drawer of my desk!

December 13, 2005

Read together Act V, sc. 3 &4(Pages 241-244). Discuss what happens together.

Journal entry for ActV, scene 3: Trace Macbeth's state of mind through this scene to the end of this play.

Journal entry for ActV, scene 4: Explain the prophecy of Birnam wood as it is explained here.

December 12, 2005

Return quizzes from Act IV.

Macbeth Act V  Handout Study Guides for Act V.

Read together Act V, sc. 1 & 2 (Pages 239-241). Discuss what happens together.

Journal entry for ActV, scene 1: If your were the doctor attending on Lady Macbeth, what might you suggest as a treatment for her illness?

Journal entry for ActV, scene 2: Using clothing motif explain the meaning of "...now does he feel his title Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe Upon a dwarfish thief."

December 9, 2005

Macbeth vocabulary and literature quiz.

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).

December 8, 2005

Macbeth Act IV  "For Study and Discussion" page 238, numbers 1-5.

Discuss together in small groups of 3 or 4.  Each group must answer all the questions and submit their answers at the end of class.

December 7, 2005

Macbeth Act IV, 3 (Pages 231-238).

Journal entry for Act IV, scene 3:

a) Explain how Malcolm tests Macduff's loyalty. 

b) On page 234 line 103, explain Macduff's saying, "Fit to govern? No not to live."...

c) Explain the revelations that Malcolm makes in his speech on page 234, lines 114-137.

d) Show how Macduff learns about the deaths of his wife and children.   

December 6, 2005

Macbeth Act IV, 2 (Pages 229-231).

Journal entry for Act IV, scene 2: Agree or disagree with Lady Macduff's interpretation of why Macduff fled to England and left her and her children behind.

December 5, 2005

Macbeth Act IV, 1 (Pages 224-229).

Handout Study Guides for Macbeth IV

Journal entry for Act IV, scene 1: Explain the role of the witches in this scene.

December 2, 2005

Macbeth quiz on Act III.

Sign up for reading parts for Act IV.

Work on worksheet identifying quotations.

Sustained Silent Reading  ( Every Friday after third period).

December 1, 2005

Read Macbeth III, scenes 5 & 6 (Pages 220-222).

Journal entry for Act III, scene 5: Hecate is a figure from classical mythology.  Why are the witches so concerned about how angry she is?

Journal entry for Act III, scene 6: How does this scene confirm the suspicions expressed by Macbeth in scene 4.

November 30, 2005

Read Macbeth III, scenes 4. (Pages 216-220).

Journal entry for Act III, scene 4: Why is this banquet scene the climax, or turning point, in Macbeth?

November 29, 2005

Macbeth II Vocabulary and literature quiz.

Read Macbeth III, scenes 2 & 3. (Pages 213-216).

Journal entry for Act III, scene 2: Explain Macbeth's state of mind in this scene.

                                                 scene 3: Speculate on Shakespeare's need to introduce a                                                                 third  murderer here.

November 28, 2005

Reminder: Quiz tomorrow on Act II vocabulary and content.

Review content and vocabulary.

Sign up for parts in Act III

Hand out Study Guides for Act III of Macbeth

Read Macbeth III, scene 1. (Pages 209-213).

Journal entry for Act III, scene 1 Select the character  in this scene (either Banquo or Macbeth) and explain how one of them changes personality in this scene.

November 22, 2005

Read Macbeth II, scene 4. (Pages 206-207)

Journal entry for Act II, scene 4  If you were Macbeth, explain how you would establish your newly found power.

Composition due for Act I

November 21, 2005

Read Macbeth II, scene 3. ( Pages 202-206)  This is a comic relief scene! 

Journal entry for Act II, scene 3  If you were the director of the play Macbeth, what emotions would each character in this scene show?

November 18, 2005

Report Cards -9:00 am to 1:00 pm (No school for students!)

November 17, 2005  Report cards 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Macbeth II, scene 2. (pages 199-201)

Journal entry  for Act II, scene 2   Describe both Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's emotional state in this scene.  Use all of the information in this scene.

November 16, 2005

Vocabulary quiz Macbeth vocabulary

Read Act II, Scene 1. (pages 197-198)

Journal entry for Act II, scene 1  Describe what you believe might be going on in Macbeth's soliloquy.  (page 198, lines 31-64)

Vocabulary Act II

November 15, 2005

Review Macbeth vocabulary for Act I (quiz tomorrow!)

Writing Assignment for Act I :

Act II Assign parts for reading.

November 14, 2005

Macbeth  Video  (Approximately 35 minutes)

November 10, 2005

Macbeth I, 7 pages 192-194

Answer journal questions given in class.

Identify quotations from Act I that are important to the play.

November 9, 2005

Macbeth I, 5 & 6 pages 189-192

Answer journal questions given in class.

Review Vocabulary terms for scenes 5 & 6 from November 4, 2005 terms. (Thane of Glamis to Thane of Cawdor)

November 8, 2005

Macbeth I, 3 &4 pages 182-189

Answer journal questions given in class.

Review vocabulary terms  for Scenes 3 & 4 from November 4, 2005 terms. (aroint thee to vaulting ambition)

November 7, 2005

Read together in class Macbeth I,2 pages 180-181

Sign up for parts on sheet provided!

Review Vocabulary terms for scene 2 from November 4, 2005 terms. (Broil to St. Colme's Inch)

November 4, 2005

Create a list of Dramatic Personae to place on the back wall of the room so that it is readable from everywhere in the class.  Print the letters large enough for viewing!

See page 179 in your text.

Classwork: Macbeth I,1 Vocabulary terms Macbeth

November 3, 2005

Assignment due from yesterday.

Review important information from the reading.

Overview of the play Macbeth.

November 2, 2005

Literature quiz on terms given on October 25, 2005 and the terms relating to the sonnet forms studied last week. 

Assignment due tomorrow 11/3/'05

     Read Shakespeare's Theater, pages 174-177.

    1. Outline pages 174-177 or 2. find information on Shakespeare's Globe theater  or    3. design a display on Macbeth for the back wall.

November 1, 2005

Review for tomorrow's quiz.

          Terms from October 25, 2005

          Sonnet qualities: 14 line love poem written in Iambic Pentameter, and  

          thougth division.

          iamb, rhythm

          rhyme schemes for Italian, Spenserian, English


October 31, 2005

Read page 162 The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe and The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd by Sir Walter Raleigh.

Complete the For Study and Discussion questions for each on page163.  ( Finish for homework.)

October 28, 2005

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Read page 166  Sonnet 18

          page 167  Sonnet 29 and 30

October 27, 2005

Explain SPENSERIAN STANZA : interlocking rhyme scheme, thought division, imagery (which lulls people to sleep).  What sleep inducing sounds does Spenser describe? 

Read page 155   from The Faerie Queene

          page 156  Sonnet 67 and 75

          page 157 Sonnet 79

October 26, 2005

The Sonnet form: Petrarchan, Shakespearean and Spenserian.

Read pages 152-153 for explanation.

Discuss pages 150-151 Sonnets by Sir Thomas Wyatt

     "Whoso List to Hunt" and "Divers Doth Use"


October 25, 2005

Work in small groups to define the terms listed  here (finish for   homework due tomorrow)RENAISSANCE, RESTORATION, REFORMATION, ELIZABETHAN, JACOBEAN, MADRIGAL, METAPHYSICAL, NEOCLASSICISM, ROUNDHEADS, CAVALIERS, GREAT CHAIN OF BEING, SPENSERIAN, PETRARCHAN, AND BAROQUE.  ( Please type your answers so that they may be scanned and included in the notes to be published on the website.)

October24, 2005

Read the Introduction to The Renaissance (1485-1660) (click on the underlined word)


Assignment: Due 10/25/'05  Create a time line of events from art, music, industry and science.  Use the time line found on pages 130-131 of your text as your base.  Add information to this time line from pages 128-148. 

October 21, 2005

Quiz today on "Le Morte Darthur", The Ballad- including  "Sir Patrick Spens" and "Get Up and Bar the Door" , "Everyman" and "First Knight"

October 20, 2005

Review Class for test on:(see handout)

page 99 "Le Morte Darthur"

page 106 & 109 "Sir Patrick Spens" and "Get Up and Bar the Door".

page 110 "Literary Elements"

Page 111 - 120 "Everyman"

October 19, 2005

View First Knight  part 4 then explain the characteristics of the medieval romance:

     1. Opens at a feast

     2. Involves a challenge

     3. Tells the adventures of a young hero

     4. Involves supernatural elements

     5. Teaches hero a moral lesson

     6. Includes a woman as a temptation

     7. Shows the cyclical qualities of nature

October 18, 2005

Collect five questions in the multiple choice format due today!

View third and last installment of "First Knight"

Assignment: Describe the world view of any one of the characters with a name. 

                          Use the personal letter format!

October 17, 2005

Collect summary due today of Part I of "First Knight"

View second installment of "First Knight"

Assignment: Write five questions in the multiple choice format dealing with part II of "First Knight" due Tuesday.

October 14, 2005

Continue discussion of "Everyman" and review new terms studied yesterday.

Begin Video "First Knight"

Assignment: Write a summary of what you watch today. 

Due Monday, October 17,2005

October 13, 2005

Read "Everyman" a morality play  pgs. 111-120

Explain Morality: moral, amoral, immoral.

Morality play,  Personified Abstraction, Didactic Literature

Assignment: Read "Le Morte Darthur" by Sir Thomas Malory pgs. 99- 102.

October 12, 2005

Discuss the Ballad: Folk and Literary

Read together "Sir Patrick Spens" pg. 106 and "Get Up and Bar the Door" pg. 109.

October 7, 2005

Read "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" pages 89-96

Complete "Reading check" page 96 #'s 1-5 Finish in class.  If not yet done, turn in on Wednesday, October 12, 2005

October 6, 2005

Open notebook and textbook test

Includes the Terms from the last Beowulf  Quiz

October 5, 2005

Review Canterbury Tales terms and characters

Discuss the Reading Check and the "For Study and Discussion" on Page 87

October 4, 2005

Read The Pardoner's Tale pages 81-87 together in class.

October 3, 2005

Conclude "The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales"  pages 72-78.

The Pardoner, The Summoner, and the Host.

Reading check  page 79.

September 30, 2005

Vocabulary quiz on words given on Friday, September 23, 2005.

September 29, 2005

Discuss: Woman of Bath City, Parson and the Plowman.  Pages 69-72.

September 28, 2005

Discuss the world view of the following characters: Haberdasher, Dyer, Carpenter, Weaver, Carpet-Maker, Cook, Shipman (Skipper), and Doctor (Doctor of Physics).

Pages 67-69.

September 27, 2005

Explain Philosophy of Epicurus. 

Read and Discuss The Serjeant at the Law and The Franklin. Pages 66-67.

September 26,2005

Assignment: due 9/28/'05

"The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales" 

Write a paragraph about a classmate imitating Chaucer's style.  Your paragraph should try to be a composite of various individuals stereotyped as one.

Read about the Friar, Merchant, Oxford Cleric

September 23, 2005

Read from "The Prologue To the Canterbury Tales"  and discuss their world view:

The Prioress and The Monk Pages 61-63.

Vocabulary (25) for quiz next Friday, September 30, 2005:

Cadet, sundry, grove, sheathed, bridle, garnished, prelate, pillar, prior, prioress, grace, hostelry, heath, boorish, joust, courtliness, cloister, supple, solicitous, friar, smart, yeoman, squire, strands, hallowed

September 22, 2005

September 21, 2005

September 20, 2005

September 19, 2005

Geoffrey Chaucer  " The Canterbury Tales"

Read pgs. 43-54 

Assignment: pg. 54 #'s 1-10 due  tomorrow

September 16, 2005

September 15, 2005


September 14. 2005

Read Summary of Beowulf's Last Two Adventures pages 27-29

Complete the Reading check page 29 #'s 1-10

September 13, 2005

Assignment due Comic Strips

Read "The Battle with Grendel" pages 23-26 together during class.

Classwork: For Study and Discussion page 30 #'s 1-8

September 12, 2005

Assignment: Create a four panel comic strip on one of the following: 1. The Coming of Grendel, 2. The Coming of Beowulf, 3. Unferth's Taunt .

Define the following words: mead, Comitatus, scop, Wergild, thane, Wyrd, kinsmen, Herot, Grendel, Beowulf, Hrothgar, Hygelac, Geats, Danes, scyldings, fens, byrny, Hrunting, Naegling, alliteration, kenning.