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.
A Brief Guide to Twitter Edu-Chats
Yes, Twitter chats are akin to the chat rooms of the 90s. But instead of posing as NSYNCFAN4LIFE and Netscaping your way to “hotties” who, in reality, might be creepy old dudes posing as 13 year old prepubescent boys…
You will be yourself, and you will be there to learn, grow, and contribute to a real conversation.
If you’re already a Twitter user, you know this cuts both ways. There is some seriously intelligent and meaningful discourse happening in the Twittersphere, but there’s also Kanye.
So…what does this mean for you and the national Digital Learning Day? Or as we’ll call it #aplitDLD?
Be authentic! No one else has your voice and it is important.
Study the text before the chat. Apply your good close-reading, interpretation, and analysis strategies.
Reply to other students or teachers in the chat. This is really important…and fun! This is the best way to “get something out of” the experience.
Make sure you include the hashtag #aplitDLD in this conversation.
*This is VERY important to me because I believe so much in all of you and in your abilities. In other words, you have important insights that are worth sharing.
You can now go here to prepare for our Digital Day of Learning chat!
Wouldn't it be great if I gave you an ooey-gooey mushy love poem to commemorate Valentine's Day? Yeah? Well, I'm not. You're getting after a modern day sonnet that closely follows the Shakespearian form, and it probably won't give you any warm fuzzies.
BUT if you're interested, or jones-ing for some love poetry, click here for AP Lit c/o '15's love poem selections. Speaking of last year's class, it might be good for you to check out this post that required them to read, respond, and reply. Just like you'll be doing...
HERE IS YOUR TASK:
Read Sherman Alexie's poem "The Facebook Sonnet."
Then, and this is partly in preparation for Wednesday's #aplitDLD (Digital Day of Learning), you will answer a question and reply to a classmate. I'd like you to be engaged in a conversation about this poem, and I expect you to thoughtfully and appropriately offer your interpretation and analysis.
An ultra quick update!
Somehow, I looked up and we were standing knee deep in Shakespeare. And you know...I didn't mean for it to happen this way. I did want us to take a pretty hard look at The Sonnet, though, and Shakespeare is the DNA.
So: here we are. I do want to raise up the good for a moment. I saw some some really nice paraphrasing this week, and you PRJs are coming along. I'm seeing more and more evidence of deep and thorough readings and analyses and a seeming intimacy with the poetry I've not quite seen this year. Makes my heart happy to see you growing, guys. But...
This week was a bit disjointed for a variety of reasons -- here are the handouts.
Remember that this weekend, you've a bit of homework to take care of: blog post; PRJ 4 from sonnets selections; WVYW piece so I can make it rain bonus points.
All of this is due by Monday. Woo woo.
Well this has been a delightful week. We've tackled connotation, TP-CASTT, theme, double rainbows, and Quickfire challenges. I've enjoyed your progress, your creativity, and your collective intellectual spirit.
A few reminders for Monday: PRJ 3 from Theme & Tone anthology selections is due. Also, remember to bring a copy of your Sem 2 novel to class.