Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
SAT Lesson 5 quiz tomorrow (Study the word, part of speech, definition and the synonyms)
Start thinking about banned books
Print banned book letter from Mrs. Smith’s teacher page
Edit your essay on social change resulting from literature
Have essay printed in MLA format by Monday
Act 5 quiz tomorrow
The class continued with assigning parts for the last act. Everyone needed to have acted out a character, so Mrs. Smith assigned parts to different students.
Scene 1: Lady Macbeth is starting to sleepwalk, during her sleepwalking; she acts like she is washing her hands. This shows how guilty she has become about the murders she and Macbeth have committed.
A Doctor and Lady Macbeth’s attendant observe her escapades. The doctor warns the attendant that Lady Macbeth might harm herself and to watch out for her.
In some ways, Lady Macbeth has just told the doctor and attendant that she had something to do with all of the murders.
Mrs. Smith talked about how at first, Macbeth was the one who felt guilty and now that Lady Macbeth has seen all of these murders by Macbeth, she feels guilty.
Made the connection to Lord of the Flies, they attempted to make excuses for Simon’s death. Eventually, the savages began to stop justifying.
Scene 2: All of the Scottish rebels, including Angus and Lennox, have gathered in Birnam wood, awaiting Malcolm and his army.
They speak of how Dunsinane is fortified by Macbeth. They all agree that he is evil and must be stopped.
Scene 3: Macbeth waits for the battle. He sees that a large army is coming to the castle. He speaks about all of the things he regrets about his life.
The doctor tells him that his wife cannot be cured and that her sickness is in her mind, not physical.
Scene 4: All of the rebels and the English have gathered in Birnam.
Malcolm tells the soldiers of his strategy to use tree branches as camouflage. This is the way that Birnam will march toward Dunsinane hill!
Scene 5: Macbeth believes that he cannot be killed so he starts mocking the enemy forces.
He learns that Lady Macbeth has died and he states that he wishes he had time to mourn.
After seeing that Birnam wood is “moving” toward the battle, he says he will fight in the battle.
Scene 6: Malcolm and his army reach the castle and start to prepare to attack.
Scene 7: Macbeth kills Siward, making him think that he is invincible.
Macduff searches for Macbeth; he wants revenge for his family’s murder.
Macbeth’s soldiers surrender and some join the rebels.
Scene 8: Macduff finally finds Macbeth. Macbeth does not want to fight Macduff because he has already killed his family.
Macbeth states that he cannot die, but Macduff was born and ripped from his mother’s womb.
Macduff defeats and cuts Macbeths head off. The new king gives thanks to all the men that helped him take back England.
The bell rang right as the final word was spoken in the act. With cheerful feelings (due to the death of Macbeth) we filed out of the room ready for our next class.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
- Blog Post: Macbeth Disappears, Macduff Takes Over
- Get a copy of Fahrenheit 451 if you want your own
- Keep looking into finding a banned/challenged book. Once you find one, visit Mrs. Smith's teacher webpage right here: http://arapahoe.littletonpublicschools.net/Default.aspx?tabid=1924 and then go to the the section that says "Fahrenheit 451". Beneath that will be a link that says “Letter To Parents for Banned/Challenged Book”. You will need to print this out and have your parents sign it before you can get reading your book!
- SAT Vocabulary Due Friday, and a Quiz as usual on Section 5
HW- Tomorrow last writing lab, located in the study center, before our Social Change Essay that's due Monday! Blog due tomorrow about Macbeth and Macduff. Begin researching what book you want to do that was banned/challenged. If you have found one go to Mrs. Smith's web page, and under the Fahrenheit 451 section click on Letter to Parents for Banned/Challenged book to print it off. Vocab Quiz and exercises due Friday! "Don't forget it or you'll regret it!"- Mother Gotham in Tangled!
SAT Questions and Answers:
Since it is Wednesday, we went over some of the questions people had about the SAT words! Exercise 1: #5-nebulous, #6-imprecation
Exercise 2: #15- "... when a deer fell into a river." For this one it is just an example so anything along these lines will be just fine.
Exercise 3: #1 E-to set out/stand out F-settling in, #2 Petrified, cave, stones, #3 You can stand under something/holding it up/If it falls down, you would die/ to maintain, #4- Petroleum
Sentence Errors: #1- D, correct version would be "was"., #3- B because it isn't possessive, correct version would be "Samantha's"., #5- E, has no errors. Tip- Very rarely will sentences have no errors.
Macbeth Act 4 end to Act 5 Scene 2:
Recap- Malcome has confessed all these horrible things he would do if he were king to Macduff, so he can determine whether or not he is true to him and his cause. Upon hearing these awful things, Macduff begins to dispare calling out "Oh Scotland, Scotland" (Shakespeare 4.3.116). He believes if Maclome cannot be king then there is no hope, no hope for Scotland. Once Malcome accepts that Macduff is on his side, he confesses that he was making all those horrible things up, and informs him that form England thousands of soldiers will fight against Macbeth. Doctor enters telling tales of how King Edward can heal people with scrofula with just a touch of his hand. They discuss this until Ross enters the scene. Macduff inquires after his family and finds out that that have been savagely slaughtered. Malcome asks him to morn for them later, but for now turn that sorrow into furry to fight Macbeth. In other words, he tells him to be a "man" and rub some dirt in it. Macduff vows to avenge them and so ends Act 4. Act 5 begins with the Doctor and a Gentlewoman secretly spying on Lady Macbeth and her sleepwalking. She walks around ceaselessly washing her hands to rid them of the invisible blood, and speaking to herself as she does so. The readers can understand what is going on since we know that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth killed Duncan, so we can connect that she is reliving that night. The two spies are surprised and concerned and flee the scene.
Something we spoke about as a class was how in some of the lines how there are many animal anaolgies, and how Macbeth has now completly flipped to the opposite of how he was before he killed Duncan. Remember to read the scenes still because there are several things I did not cover!
Thanks so much for reading this and I hope to see you all tomarrow!
Macduff and his family dominate Act 4, while Macbeth has all but disappeared from the play at this point. Consider the following:
Macbeth has 117 lines in each Act 1 and Act 2
He has 260 lines in Act 3 alone, yet he speaks a mere 73 lines in all of Act 4.
Why do you think Shakespeare is showing us action through the eyes and comments of characters other than Macbeth?
Why has Macbeth lost his privilege of delivering long soliloquies to the audience in which he ponders his dilemmas?
Who are we, the audience, supposed to be feeling sympathy for at this point?
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
- Mucduff’s son was killed- first a king was killed, then a friend, and then a helpless innocent child
- The son was saying that most men are liars and we can’t always know who to believe
- Macduff fled to englend therefore lady Macbeth tells her son that he is dead to them (4.2.55)
- The son is intelligent- he says they will be like birds-they will live off what they have (4.2.33)
- Child can be killed center stage but the king must be killed off-stage
- Lady Macduff and her son are both dead.
- Malcom is saying that if he were king he would a terrible ruler. He says he doesn’t have any qualities of a king
- Macduff keeps that malcom is a good king. No matter if malcom did all the terrible things, he would still be a better king then Macbeth.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
On Friday everyone walked in with their black and gold showing, pumped for the pep assembly, bummed for the vocab quiz. After handing in our lesson work, we reluctantly completed the quiz and extra credit question. Being that we had a shortened hour, we quickly retrieved our Macbeth books and started reading Act 4.
Key notes for scene 1:
- The 3 witches create 3 apparitions with advice hidden in them for Macbeth
- Lennox informs Macbeth that Macduff has gone away England
- Macbeth thinks about killing Lady Macduff and her children
- Write 2nd body, outline 3rd body, and outline/write conclusion
- Devil Hath Power blog
- It might be a good idea to work ahead on your essay because it is due next Monday!!!!!
To start off the class, Mrs. Smith collected our SAT Exercises for Lesson Four. After that, she handed out the dreaded vocabulary quiz, but lucky for us someone asked for some extra credit, so at least we were able to get some points for the words that we had missed.
As soon as everyone had finished that, we took off reading Scene 1 of Act Four in Macbeth. The scene starts off with three witches huddled around a fire talking about destroying Macbeth once and for all, and yes, our actors had a fake fire to read their lines around.
Some notes about Scene 1:
- Hecate said she was going to make Macbeth overly confident with himself and about how things were going to turn out.
- The witches make three apparitions appear, which each have a advice hidden in them for Macbeth.
The 2nd: a bloody child, which means that no one will harm Macbeth.
The 3rd: a baby with a crown holding a tree, which means that Macbeth won't be defeated till he fights at Dunsenaine hill, the forest will have to move, and Banquo's legacy will keep going as king of Scotland.
- Macbeth learns from Lennox that Macduff has fled to England
- Macbeth wants to kill Macduff's wife and children
- Macduff's son is killed
- Write out the second body paragraph,
- Outline the 3rd body paragraph and the conclusion
- Blog about devils in Macbeth on the class blog.
Friday, September 23, 2011
“The devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape.” (Shakespeare Hamlet)
1. How do you interpret the above quote? In other words, how would you explain its message to someone else?
2. Who is playing the role of the devil in Macbeth? Are there several devils in this play? Briefly explain and support your answer.
3. Describe the evil that has occurred in the play so far. What is the pleasing shape it has taken on?
4. Is there any good or decency in this play so far? Which do you think will triumph at the end of the play-good or evil? Briefly explain your response.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
- SAT Exercises (we have the quiz tomorrow on Lesson 4 so study, study, study).
- Due Monday: Written intro-second body, outline 3rd body and conclusion
Blood: Macbeth tries to flee the guilt but he can’t. The blood isn’t just life giving it is guilt .The more Macbeth kills, the more the blood of the victims become apart of him.
Sleep: Sleep is innocent or a cover. Sleep is deprived of the guilty. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth can"t sleep anymore, they talk of strange and bewildering nightmares.
Night: All murders happen at night. A disguise to the crime. A cover, taking over the day. No light when it is needed.
Hand: The things Macbeth see’s in his head his hands did, so the hands become the guilty piece or the murderer. As if the hands kill without Macbeth really doing anything.
- Hands symbolize desire (Macbeth's hand reaching for the dagger) and are used as a blame piece for actions (Macbeth's hands killed Duncan)
- Night symbolizes a cover for evil and is the time that all things evil occur
- Sleep symbolizes death and is not restful but tormenting
- Man symbolizes not a singular person, but a generalization for all mankind
- Blood symbolizes guilt and by this point in the book is becoming a part of people (water is unable to cleanse)
Homecoming Week: Tomorrow is Spirit Day - Wear gold and score points for the Freshman class
Tomorrow is also the homecoming football game!
Saturday - Homecoming parade at 10 and Dance from 8-11
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Today was a late start, woo hoo!!!
Today we went over our SAT exercises, and if we had any questions about the exercises, they were answered.
Here's what we went over:
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
We then moved onto reading act 3 of Macbeth. Everyone was assigned with their acting roles and we started our stellar Macbeth acting performances! We were able to read all the way through scenes 2, 3, 4, and 5 to almost finish off act 3 of the book. We need to read scene 6 for homework tonight. (Only 2 pages) As mentioned before, we will have another Macbeth test tomorrow, over act 3.
After we finished reading scene 5, class was over and we headed off to our period 6 classes.
Homecoming week reminders:
-Wacky Tacky Day
-Bonfire at 7:00 P.M. on Baseball field
-Spirit Day (Freshmen and Juniors wear gold)
-Football game at LPS Stadium at 7:00 PM
-Parade at 10 AM
-Dance at 8-11 PM
Homework: -Write intro and second body in MLA format (Due Monday)
-Write 3rd paragraph and conclusion outline (Due Monday)
-SAT 4 work
-Act 3 quiz tomorrow (Read scene 6)