Too bad this desktop doesn't have an emoji keyboard. What I have to say could be accurately summed up in emoji. Specifically: Loudly Crying emoji, Red Heart, Graduation cap, Loudly Crying emoji, Blue Heart emoji.
Below are your Senior Footprints. As many as I could round up anyway...
*If you do not see your footprint (and you had appropriate content) please leave your link in the comments!
,So, it's May 11, and in the time since I've last posted, you've studied, focused, prepared, eaten copious amounts of breakfast casserole, and ROCKED the AP Lit exam (oh, and could we talk for a minute about The Juggler and about how perfectly awesome the Q3 was?!). And since then, we've reflected, we've played, we've tinkered, rested a bit, laughed, talked, sang some sweet tunes from the mid 2000s, laughed some more, and now -- we're off and on to the Senior Footprint project.
Guys, it's been a year. You are some of the most joyful students I've ever taught. And...
Today was a GREAT kickoff to #myseniorfootprint, and there's more to come. We'll keep on playing and laughing and talking and reflecting. And maybe we'll cry a little bit, too. At least I will. ;)
Below are a few of today's lovely presentations:
Although it was a week of test-prep madness, it was also a week of wackiness and pure joy. (At least on my end. ;)
Here's what we got after:
Holy past-due update! My apologies for missing your pre-break update, but here we are. We've Spring Breaked, and we've back at it again not with the white Vans, but with the AP Lit skills and *cue intense music* Testing Season.
You've made tremendous strides this week, guys. You're working hard to nudge the pieces into place before the AP LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION EXAM ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 4.
From where I'm sitting...
You have the skills. You have the brains. You have the wanna. You got this.
Here's what we got after this week:
The Question 3 basket o' prompts activity
The Question 2
Thesis statement rankings, and some
HERE is this week's agenda & activity slides so you can get the shape of class this week & HERE is a link to the AP Lit free response prompts from the College Board.
This was the week of the AP Lit Shakespeare Scene Project.
The goals were:
And the rubric is here.
And you know what? I think you Beyonceishly slayed it. I was so impressed by your wit, your preparedness, and your knowledge of your scene. And I had more belly laughs than I bargained for! I'm proud of each of you.
Soon it will be time to hunker down and get to test prep, but for now, let's celebrate the true collaboration, collective smarts, and absolute wackiness of yesterday! Check out these pic collages:
Honest Iago falls silent. How about that for a guy who virtually never stops talking and talking and talking from one scene to next? (Don't believe me? Ask the brilliant & curious Madi Caz...) A famous phrase you ought to know about Shakespeare's most cunning villain is something Samuel Taylor Coleridge called "motiveless malignity."
We spent some time in class discussing Iago's possible motivation (or lack thereof, pointed out especially by Finnegan in first period and his spot-on Machiavellian connection). We did, of course, suspect killing and murdering, right? It's a Shakespearean tragedy after-all, but what of this motive to do such damaging evil? I'm still thinking on that one, guys...
And I urge you, too, to keep thinking about the complexities of the play and how questions are raised, not necessarily answered. I encourage you, most of all, to continue to build strong habits of mind with literature -- to analyze after the fact and to not stop at what's easy to understand or surface. And to throw it back to your introductory letter to this course, to get your hands dirty with lit. :)
This week, we finished the play. We read, discussed, and plot tracked.
On Friday, we got after the literary 3x3 assignment and put a new spin on it, the 3x3 remix. Check out some of the remixes below. :)
If you were absent Friday, I'll save you the notecards and ask that you create three different literary 3x3s. HERE is the task sheet.
So, that's it for Othello. There's no Moor. (sorry, couldn't resist) Up next: Shakespeare Scene Project, the most Lit field trip of all time ever, a Q3 in-class writing, and poetry service project planning! We're gettin' somewhere now.
A late update!
Last week, we read, read, read. We found out some enticing/infuriating/juicy info on one white handkerchief, and we had some fun with dramatic readings and improv.
We also dedicated a day to Socratic seminar using these student generated questions, and on Friday, you met with your Semester 2 novel groups to discuss the work you're working through and get square.
The here and now? We are in the thick of Othello and learning, bit by bit, the sudden and chaotic demise of this virtuous and heroic general. Thanks a lot, Iago. #NOthello #Ohellno #GOthello
"...O now, forever
Farewell the tranquil mind! Farewell content!"
That's what it's like being an English teacher, and apparently that's also what it's like having an ultra cunning antagonist pouring poison in your ear and sewing seeds of discord in your new marriage.
For homework tonight: POST ONE genuine, thought-provoking QUESTION you have about everything we've read so far in Othello. You may want to refer to some questions or wonders from your plot tracker.
Tomorrow, we'll take time for seminar. Bring your thinking caps and your A-game. And careful of your handkerchiefs!
Oh, my Othello!
What a great kick-off week we've had to this play. Here's what we tackled this week:
Monday: Anticipation guide, Philosophical Chairs, Act I.i, & Plot tracker
Tuesday: Act I.ii-iii + plenty of discussion and tracking
Wednesday: Othello musical chairs -- HERE are the quotes & HERE is the super awesome playlist
Thursday: Act II.i, plus a missed opportunity for two dramatic readers in first period ;)
Friday: Act II.i continued + clarifications & catch up
You're on for your first Poetry Response Journal for Othello. HERE is the task sheet for PRJs. Feel free to choose any moment, speech, or scene from our reading to complete your PRJ. Just like your anthology poetry selections, you'll delve deeper into self-selected poetry; except now, you're analyzing excerpts of Othello.
If you still need clarification on the PRJ O edition, feel free to holler at me!
Finally: I invite you all to tweet reactions and whatever else about Othello using #aplit16.