Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scandal Pyg Discussion, Part the First

Here are my notes from today's School for Scandal and Pygmalion discussion. My questions are in bold, Arial font. The rest is a running text of what you said, though I sometimes summarized, and didn't attribute to particular classmates. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

AGENDA 10/24

More School for Scandal modern scene performances
Collect & Connect for Act IV
last chance to ask for extensions on Candide papers

Great resource: Check out this site for help creating MLA format - scroll all the way to the bottom of the page for clear, detailed tutorials to help you achieve MLA formatting no matter what word processing program you use!

HW: Finish reading The School for Scandal for Monday. Read and annotate Pygmalion for Wednesday, and be ready to compare/contrast the two texts. We'll have graded discussions next week! Submit Candide papers to by Sunday at midnight if you didn't ask for an extension. NOTE: Turnitin is having a few technical issues, so please be patient, and let me know if you can't access the site sometime tomorrow or Sunday.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AGENDA 10/23

Check out Pygmalion from the textbook room

Collect & Connect for Act IV - due tomorrow
Ask clarifying questions, then work through the important quotations from Act IV and be ready to discuss tomorrow

HW: Finish School for Scandal for Monday

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AGENDA 10/22

Perform skits from The School for Scandal, Act II.ii, lines 1-76 - modernized versions

HW: Continue to revise college essays and Candide drafts. Read Act IV for tomorrow. Reading journals #7 and #8 - Obligatory A1, A2 and Options for independent reading; Reading journal #9 - Obligatory A1, A2, and Option H for humor device in The School for Scandal - epigram, pun, antithesis, hyperbole, zeugma, irony, etc.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AGENDA 10/21

Reading Quiz - Act III of The School for Scandal

Discuss quiz answers

Review final checklist for Candide papers--submit to this weekend (or ask for an extension if you need one!)

HW: Continue to revise college essay drafts and Candide papers. Read Act IV for Thursday.

Monday, October 20, 2014

AGENDA 10/20

Reading Journal #10: Modernize Act II, scene ii, lines 1-76 of The School for Scandal. You can do this individually or in groups; you can "chunk" it and do whatever parts will best communicate the tone and overall snarkiness of the scene. We'll "perform" these as little skits on Wednesday.

HW: Continue to revise college essays and Candide drafts. Reading quiz over Act III tomorrow. Reading journals #7 and #8 - Obligatory A1, A2 and Options for independent reading; Reading journal #9 - Obligatory A1, A2, and Option H for humor device in The School for Scandal - epigram, pun, antithesis, hyperbole, zeugma, irony, etc.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AGENDA 10/15

Review Act 1 of The School for Scandal: Escalating Questions activity using yesterday's "Collect & Connect":
Directions: Ally yourself in a group of three students, seated as a "horseshoe." As the teacher poses each question, discuss with your group members and arrive at answers. Then, teacher pulls one name from the Bag of Destiny and that student responds. (After this, other students may volunteer answers, or the teacher may call on a second student to counter or amplify the first student's response.)

1) Which of the five quotations I selected is least thematically relevant? Explain.
2) Make a case for the thematic relevance of the quotation the first student selected as least relevant.
3) Review and explain Lady Sneerwell's comment that "the malice of a good thing is the barb that makes it stick." What does this mean?
4) So what is the purpose of wit? Is it simply to mask one's own insecurities? Are there other purposes?
5) What evidence do you see in life for Sir Benjamin Backbite's comment that "I find [my satires] circulate more by giving copies in confidence to the friends of the parties"? To what extent are people motivated (or under what circumstances are they motivated) by reverse psychology?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

AGENDA 10/14

Review Act 1: Complete "Collect & Connect" graphic organizer for I.i and I.ii

Monday, October 13, 2014

AGENDA 10/13

Review Prologue
Comedy of Manners
Status Improvisation (numbers activity)
Review Act 1: plot structure, how does it satisfy comedy of manners, review character types: stock, flat/static, round/dynamic, foils.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Sound and Sense
-pp 49
Finish "Cross" TPS-FAST and Question #1 in partners
Submit working thesis on post-it for feedback

Draft original poem:

  • must have recognizable rhyme scheme (or intentionally unrhymed)
  • minimum 2 stanzas
  • roughly same number of syllables per line (or recognizable pattern)
  • employ some sort of figurative language or sensory details
  • use caesura and enjambment for effect
  • tackle a school-audience-appropriate topic
  • reveal a recognizable theme or paint an image clearly (be TPS-FAST-able)
  • contain a handful of words with multiple connotations
Need inspiration? I wrote a poem

HW: Bring your original poem for completion credit (must contain required elements above). Candide essays submitted to next Wednesday

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Peer Review Candide Essay.  
-does thesis respond to prompt
-do examples support thesis
-where to go from here.

Read "Cross" on p49, record in Poetry section of Reading Journal; answer question #1, AND complete TPS-FAST;
-use language from your glossary to describe figurative language and theme.