Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hamlet video critique for Act 3, Scene 1

Please follow all directions. Ask a question about anything that you do not understand in the comment stream by Thursday, March 17th and I will respond. After Friday, you are on your own (collectively.)

You have until Monday, March 21st, 2011 @ 2:00 p.m. to complete this assignment. Late assignments will lose a letter grade a day. You should post your essay on your online portfolio. Feel free to embed video on your website.

It is worth 100 points in 'Quizzes and Open Response' and will be graded with the Literary Analysis Scoring Guide.

You can either write about Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy, or the "Get thee to a nunnery" exchange between Hamlet and Ophelia. You have four versions of each section from which to choose in the Act 3 google doc, but you can certainly write about a different version that I did not provide.

Objective: Watch the versions from either Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy, or the "Get thee to a nunnery" exchange between Hamlet and Ophelia in Act 3, Scene 1 and argue which of the three videos is the best video interpretation of the text.

Your critique of the video must be based on your knowledge and understanding of the passage, so you must provide textual evidence from Hamlet as well as provide descriptions of the video. I can't watch the video and read your essay at the same time, so you need to make me see what you see with your words. It will also help you to take notes on the video while you watch it. Pay attention to what you captures your attention. Notice what you notice!

Pay attention to:
  • delivery of the lines
  • imagery the setting / scenery
  • the portrayal of the actor[s]
  • lighting & camera effects
  • sound effects or music
  • a million other things . . .

You should use the same structure as a poem explication with the addition of your critique of the video. Paper must be MLA formatted, including how to cite line numbers from a play: (pages 198-199 of easyWriter)!

Finally, you only have space in this essay to write about one video--please do not waste any words writing about why the other videos are not as good.

Here's a sample from last year with my comments on how it could have been improved.

Here's a link to 3 / 4 videos of Hamlet's soliloquy (in case you want to watch at school and youtube is blocked.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Revision and Editing Assignment

You are going to revise your extended analysis on Camus' The Stranger for the last grade in your Major Assessments Category. You can, and should, incorporate any research from your Annotated Bibliography that you think is relevant. Your essay must be embedded on your blog via scribd and be in perfect MLA formatting, which means you will also need to include a Works Cited and Works Consulted page and come up with a title this time!

You also need to produce a Meta for Editing, which will count as your last major Homework Grade for the Quarter. Below, I embedded a Key to Editing Guide (KEG) that I created with Mr. Evans and Mrs. Nyman. You are to look at your Extended Analysis Papers (with comments) and refer to all letters, numbers and symbols.

For each notation, you are to explain what needs improved in editing .
  • List the Rule from the EasyWriter, then explain it in your own words.
  • Then list all the mistakes from each rule and correct them.

Key to Editing Guide (KEG)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Poetry Out Loud

Here is the overview that everyone at MHS will be getting:

"Poetry Out Loud is the national poetry recitation contest; Malden High has sent students to the state finals for all but one year that the contest has existed. Last year, we committed to having every student in the school take part in the contest."

The basic process:

  • Student select poems from the Poetry Out Loud collections (in print and online) to study, memorize and perform.
  • Teachers support students’ selection, study, and performance.
  • Each class holds a class contest by the end of December. We will have our contest on December 21st & 22nd, 2010.
  • Class winners will compete in the period contest in January.
  • Period winners will compete in the school contest shortly after the period contest. Period winners will need to select a second poem
  • The school winner will compete in the state semi-finals in early March.
And here are the Scoring Guides that we were given:

Malden High School's Poetry Out Loud Analytic Rubric

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Assignment for annotated bibliography for Camus’ THE STRANGER

Assignment and Scoring Guide for Annotated Bibliography for Camus

Independent reading books for Cycle 2

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences by Truman Capote

For this assignment, you will produce 100 post-it notes that include commentary which draws from the reading strategies from the “WAYS TO ANALYZE FICTION” handout (you can find it in google docs.)

You will need to be complete ½ this assignment before you leave for winter break. You will turn in your book (with post-its) or Reader’s Notebook on January 3rd and answer a question 3 prompt in class.

For posterity, post a comment as to which book you are choosing to read and why.