Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"A Rose for Emily"

The Juniors read "A Rose for Emily" and create the following thing links. Thing links allow students to add videos, links, and text to an image.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Tuesdays With Morrie

The Seniors have been reading "Tuesdays With Morrie". This is the perfect novel for them to read right before they go to college. The book is full of aphorisms about life that let them contemplate important themes like the meaning of life, influence of media and others, the importance of family, and death. See their blogs here.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Senior Poetry Project

The Seniors just finished their Poetry Projects. For this, they completed the following:

Task: You are the teacher.  You will need to create a Google Slide that demonstrates your understanding of the poetry elements in the poems and the messages from the poems.  You will then need to connect the messages to the historical time period of the poems and how the poems relate to our society today. You will then need to record a “webinar” using Screencastify.

  1. You must choose three poems (only two may be from Shakespeare).
  2. No spelling or grammar errors.
  3. For each poem, you must include the following in your presentation:
    1. the title of the poem
    2. the poet of the poem
    3. a brief historical background to set up an understanding of your poem
    4. “show” your audience the words of the poem and how the poetry terms relate to those words-this means you need to find a way to highlight or underline the words in the poem which show the simile, metaphor, etc.
    5. an analysis of theme
    6. explain the connection to the poem’s historical time period and how it relates to our society today (and maybe even the future!).  
  4. Be creative!
  5. Use Screencasify to record your presentation. Pretend like you are hosting a “webinar” on these poems. Explain to your audience and elaborate on your slides.
  6. You must discuss as many of the following poetry elements as found in the poem:
Rhyme scheme Iambic pentameter Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
Tone/tonal shift Metaphor Simile
Setting Paradox Speaker of the poem
Shakespearean sonnet Inversion Pastoral poetry
Repetition Hyperbole Imagery
Stanzas Allusions Purpose
Conceits (metaphysical) Alliteration Metaphysical poetry

Poems to choose from:
Edmund Spenser: “Sonnet 30” (273), “Sonnet 73” (274)
Christopher Marlowe: “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” (278)
Andrew Marvell: “To His Coy Mistress” (285)
John Donne: “Song” (290), “Death be not Proud” (301)
William Shakespeare: “Sonnet 18” (391), “Sonnet 29” (392), “Sonnet 30” (393), “Sonnet 71” (395), “Sonnet 73” (396), “Sonnet 116” (397), “Sonnet 130” (398)

Click here for the YouTube playlist of their projects!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Technical Theatre Project

The Theatre class recently finished their Technical Theatre Project. This project was an expansive project that asked students to perform the roles of multiple technical theatre personnel. Here are the project directions.

Director: Answer the following questions:

  1. Summarize the play?
  2. Where is the play set?
  3. When is the play set (year)?
  4. Describe your director’s concept of the show.

Sound: List all sound cues in the script and what page they are on. Then, list 10 songs you might use for pre and post show music. (Songs must be school appropriate and fit the tone of your play)

Lights: Describe what color lights you would use for each scene. Keep in mind what colors look like when they are on paint. What areas of the stage are lit?

Costumes: Draw a costume sketch for each character in the play.

Props: Go through the script and create a list of props you will need.

Set: For each scene, draw a sketch of what the scene will look like. This will not be judged on artistic ability but on the placement of the items and the appropriateness of the items.

Stage Manager: List items you would put in your Stage Manager kit. Then, create all of the following paperwork and fill in when appropriate:

  1. Audition Schedule
  2. Audition Form
  3. Production Fact Sheet
  4. Audition Scenes
  5. Cast List
  6. Tech Checklist
  7. Sign in Sheet
  8. Rehearsal Report
  9. Performance Report
  10. Schedule (performance is 5/15-17; no more than 5 rehearsals a week)
  11. Weekly Attendance Sheet
  12. Contact Sheet
  13. Program Approval Sheet
  14. Scene Breakdown
  15. Scenic Notes
  16. Prop Notes
  17. Costume Notes
  18. Lighting Notes
  19. Sound Notes
  20. Shift Assignments
  21. Costume Change Plot
  22. Lighting Cue Sheet
  23. Sound Cue Sheet
  24. Crew List

See some of their work here!