Thursday, October 24, 2013

october 24

JOURNAL TOPIC: [today's tunes: "Beyond Belief" by Elvis Costello; "Satisfaction (I Can't Get No) by Devo; "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley]

If you've started reading Act III, explain two elements of foreshadowing from Acts I & II. If you haven't started reading Act III, make two educated guesses about the plot and the development of Hamlet's character.

1. Journal
2. Vocab quiz
3. Begin Act III
4. "To Be or Not to Be"

1. Reminder: Literature Analysis #3 due tomorrow (Friday, October 25)
2. (Re)Read Act III
3. Reminder: "To be or not to be" is due by Monday. And, Brenna got to me. Given the many constraints on our time, there are probably more efficient and compelling ways to account for everyone's memorization of the soliloquy. A virtual or in-person choir performing in unison? Video'ing yourself with multiple cameras or in a mirror? Something cool we haven't thought of yet? If you have an idea that involves something other than standing in front of the class, please share it in a comment to this post. We'll discuss in class Friday.
4. Complete the evaluative introspection (you can write on paper if doc doesn't download or print) after the jump to prepare for 1-to-1 grade conference

Evaluative Introspection -


  1. I think that it would be quite humorous and entertaining to go up to people at the mall and recite a couple of lines from "To be or not to be" to multiple people. The goal would be to say about 5-7 lines to each person and video tape the experience. We would be killing two birds with one stone; learning the soliloquy and entertaining and/or freaking people out.

    1. Even though I commented with my idea I think yours is one of my favorites! This would be hilarious and a very unique way of doing this.

  2. While going over the soliloquoy pandora was playing and I decided to sing the words to the song Rehab, which happened to be on, and I realized it fit, sortof. I am more inclined to memorize something if I have some sort of mnemonic device to attach it to, however there is no way in a million years i'd sing in front of people.
    So what I would *like* to do is record myself recording the audio, (me singing the soliloquoy, and the video to prove I wasn't cheating, plus something to look at while listening..) and then autotune the audio and splice it with the background for the song Rehab without Amy Winehouse in it, obviously.
    However I am currently having a hell of a time figuring out how to use audacity for autotune.. I think I need a program called G-snap?
    So THAT'S my weekend projecto idea doo-dad... If that ends up failing horribly I'll just recite it on monday..

    1. Dude. That sounds really cool :D

    2. Thankyou! I wish there was a like button or something. :)

    3. There might be a Blogger hack for that, actually :P

  3. Although I am not as techy as Maddison and not as brave as Erica, I'm all for a video at home! Doing it by standing in front of a mirror works well and eases the nerves too for such a long soliloquy.

  4. Micaela, Caroline, and I all came up with the idea of writing down the soliloquy instead of presenting it out loud. By doing this you are able to see that we have indeed memorized the soliloquy while saving a lot of time. Just like a vocabulary quiz, we will spend a few minutes at the beginning of class writing down the soliloquy, turn it in, and then move on to the next thing on the agenda.

  5. i think reciting in unison would be perfect to ease everybody's stage fright. it would certainly ease mine. since doing it like that would make it hard to figure out who actually knows the material, we'd have to make sure it sounds perfect and recite it until there are no hiccups. to further make sure people actually know the material, extra credit could be offered to the students who are willing to recite the poem by themselves, either in public or in private.
    this would give students an opportunity to learn, memorize, and recite the material comfortably, but also reward the students who are willing to step out of their comfort zone and go beyond to recite 30+ lines of shakespeare by themselves.