Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Upcoming Tests

On Monday, January 25, you will have a final multiple choice and matching exam on A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Then on your final exam day (January 27-29), you will take a comprehensive vocabulary exam. That means that you need to study all of the words for the year so far since you don't know which 50 will appear on the test. The vocab list for A Midsummer Night's Dream will be tested as part of this final vocab exam.

On final exam day you will also write a group essay where you will receive an individual grade based on your group dynamics during the prewriting activities (idea generation and organization plan) and your final written product. Each person in the group will write a different section of the essay, and you will be graded on your own final product. One person is assigned to write the introduction (with attention-getter and thesis) and the conclusion with a modern, universal connection. The other three group members each write a body paragraph. The essay prompt will give you the opportunity to discuss a number of books read this semester.

Literary Terms

When speaking and writing about literature, you should employ the vocabulary of the discipline to discuss the effects of an author's style on the reader.

You may wish to add more literary terms to the A to Z taxonomy that you created in class.

To view a list of literary terms to use when analyzing literature, click here.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Shakespeare Paraphrasing Homework

Paraphrase two of the four selections on the Shakespeare sheet that you received in class.

Annotate literary devices. Circle or underline similes, metaphors, personifications, imagery, etc. and identify the literary device.

Analyze the theme of the selection. Write one sentence that tells what Shakespeare is teaching in the monologue or sonnet.

Turn in the sheet on Monday, January 11.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Vocabulary Tests

Study your "Shakespeare is Hip Hop" flocabulary list for a test on Tuesday, January 12.

On that Tuesday you will also receive a list of words found in Midsummer Night's Dream. There are a lot of words from our SAT flocabulary list because Shakespeare loved words--even inventing words and morphing existing words.

The Midsummer vocab words will appear on the comprehensive vocabulary final exam during finals week. That test will cover all words studied so far from our SAT list.