Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Option 2: Kenneth Branagh as Hamlet Act 5 Scene 1 (Yorick)

video

Kenneth Branagh as Hamlet

You have until Friday 1.15.10 to complete this assignment. It is to be typed in 12pt font, Times New Roman, and 2bl spaced.

It is worth 100 points and will be graded with the APE Rubric.

Objective: Watch the performance above of a potion of Act 5 Scene 2 and critique the director's interpretation of the scene. (I'm only interested in the Yorick section, from 2:50 - end--the rest is context.)

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 post 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! (Hint: Watch the video more than once.)

Pay attention to:

  • delivery of the lines
  • imagery the setting / scenery
  • the portrayal of the actor (characterization)
  • lighting & camera effects
  • sound effects or music
  • etc--the list could keep going
You should make sure to develop a sophisticated thesis. It should be about 1,000 words (use your best judgment in either direction--this is a recommendation, not a requirement. It should be as long as it takes to develop your thesis.)

Option 1: Kenneth Branagh as Hamlet Act 4 Scene 4

video

Kenneth Branagh as Hamlet

You have until Friday 1.15.10 to complete this assignment. It is to be typed in 12pt font, Times New Roman, and 2bl spaced.

It is worth 100 points and will be graded with the APE Rubric.

Objective: Watch the performance above of a potion of Act 4 Scene 4 and critique the director's interpretation of the scene.

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 post 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! (Hint: Watch the video more than once.)

Pay attention to:

  • delivery of the lines
  • imagery the setting / scenery
  • the portrayal of the actor (characterization)
  • lighting & camera effects
  • sound effects or music
  • etc--the list could keep going
You should make sure to develop a sophisticated thesis. It should be about 1,000 words (use your best judgment in either direction--this is a recommendation, not a requirement. It should be as long as it takes to develop your thesis.)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Period 6: Agenda for weeks of 1.4.10 & 1.11.10

image: Marilyn Monroe by Wolfgang Kals

Hello all. Hope you are all well rested and ready to go for next week.

Here's the schedule of events that will take us to the end of the quarter:


1.4.10:
no class.
1.5.10: in-class Hamlet Act 4, Scenes 1-3, notes (I have your notebooks and will give them back).
1.6.10:
in-class Hamlet Act 4, Scene 4, notes.
1.7.10:
Poetry Out Loud class competitions, meet in the cafe to support Pamela!
1.8.10:
(long block) in-class essay on your independent reading book. Essay question TBD, but you will need your book and be able to quote from moments in the beginning, middle, and end to answer question.

Homework assignment this week will be some sort of take-home writing assignment, TBD.

1.11.10: in-class Hamlet Act 4, Scenes 5-6, notes.
1.12.10: in-class Hamlet Act 4, Scene 7, notes.
1.13.10: no class
1.14.10:
in-class Hamlet Act 5, Scene 1, notes.
1.15.10: in-class Hamlet Act 5, Scene 2, notes, last day of the quarter before mid-terms.

Homework assignment this week will be some sort of take-home writing assignment, TBD.

Midterm: Tuesday 1.19.10

Period 2: Agenda for weeks of 1.4.10 & 1.11.10

image: photo / photo-collage by Raissa Venables.

Hello all. Hope you are all well rested and ready to go for next week.
Here's the schedule of events that will take us to the end of the quarter:

1.4.10
: in-class Hamlet Act 4, Scenes 1-3, notes (I have your notebooks and will give them back).
1.5.10: (long block) in-class essay on your independent reading book. Essay question TBD, but you will need your book and be able to quote from moments in the beginning, middle, and end to answer question.
1.6.10: in-class Hamlet Act 4, Scene 4, notes.
1.7.10:
Poetry Out Loud class competitions, meet in the cafe to support Angie!
1.8.10: no class.

Homework assignment this week will be some sort of take-home writing assignment, TBD.

1.11.10: in-class Hamlet Act 4, Scenes 5-6, notes.
1.12.10: in-class Hamlet Act 4, Scene 7, notes.
1.13.10: in-class Hamlet Act 5, Scene 1, notes.
1.14.10: in-class Hamlet Act 5, Scene 2, notes.
1.15.10: TBD, last day of the quarter before mid-terms.

Homework assignment this week will be some sort of take-home writing assignment, TBD.

Midterm: Wednesday 1.20.10