We read, discussed and took note on 3 Shakespearian sonnets (#29, #116, #130).
We wrote a C&C thesis thematically connecting each to another poem previously read.
We discussed the content and format of the summative evaluation week self-assessment (Friday, Jan. 20th @ 1:00).
We wrote our Paradise Lost multis.
We finished our notes and questions on Paradise Lost. The multi question was given and outline handed out. We’ll write the multi next class. We went to the Carney Classic BB game.
We started Paradise Lost, reading and taking notes. We also competed a guided reading question sheet as we went.
Today we did our Secret Santa exchange and made glass Christmas tree ornaments, stuffed with shredded pages of Dickens’ Christmas Carol and other holiday classics. Of course, we added sparkles. Merry Christmas!
Because Friday was a snow day, we presented our Dating Game skits today. We also read some pop songs re-written as sonnets.
Today we studied two sonnets by John Milton:
a. On Having Arrived at the Age of Twenty-Three
b. On His Blindness
In On Having Arrived at the Age of Twenty-Three, the speaker laments the passage of time because he’s middle-aged and has not yet written the literary masterpiece he feels destined to complete.
We wrote a compare and contrast thesis on this sonnet and Herrick’s lyric, To the Virgins to Make Much of Time, in which the speaker advice the young to enjoy prime of their lives as it passes quickly.
We read On His Blindness through the lens of Stanley Fish’s reader response theory, renegotiating our comprehension line by line as the syntax and textual slippage demands. Please see these notes on Moodle.
Next class we will present our Dating Game skits.
Decorated the classroom for Christmas! Looks amazing! Fingers crossed we win a pizza party!
Students had the hour to plan, write, and rehearse their Lit. Dating Game scripts.
During our coffeehouse (actually tea and hot chocolate), we presented our Marlow parodies.
We then read and discussed, “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning.” A copy of the text with marginal notes was handed out.
Finally, we planned for our door decorating contest.