Monday, March 31, 2008

HW 3/31

Week Schedule
Monday- Direct/ Indirect Quotes, Romeo and Juliet 2.3
Tuesday- R&J2.4
Wednesday- Zeffirelli Act II reading
Thursday- Research Paper Edit
Friday- Research Day

-active reading of Romeo and Juliet 2.3
-keep researching Shakespeare's life. The first section is due on Thursday.

Study Questions
Scene 3:
1. What has friar Laurence been out gathering in his basket?

2. Explain lines 21-22: “Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,/And vice sometime by action dignified”?

3. When Friar Laurence sees Romeo, what comment does Friar Laurence make about seeing Romeo so early in the morning?

4. What does Friar Laurence mean when he says to Romeo, “Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes?

5. Friar Laurence agrees to perform the marriage ceremony for Romeo and Juliet for what reason?

Friday, March 28, 2008

Term IV ROAR and Culture Vulture

With all the work required to read Romeo and Juliet, research, and your other classes, I am moving back some long term dates to give some extra weekend time.

Response Paper
original date 4/10
new date 4/21 @10:30 (marathon start time)

original date 4/16
new date 4/28

Culture Vulture
rough draft & proof
original date 4/29
same date 4/29

Newspaper Article
original date 4/30
new date 5/15
(this will be graded for 5th term)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

HW 3/27

Tomorrow is research day, so check out a Shakespeare or Rome and Juliet book from the library.

1: If you have been lazy, make up work. Check back through the blog and get working.

2: Please, please, please, start using a summary of the play while reading. Even the dreaded "mother ------notes" can work. Of course if you want to understand Shakespeare's word play (aka "dirty" jokes) then use the SUMMARY GUIDE here

The "real" Juliet balcony:

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

HW 3/26

Hope you enjoyed the test today. The format will stay the same for the remaining acts.

For tonight:

1: Active reading of Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scenes 1-2


2: Here are some study questions to help:

Act 2

Scene 1:
1. What does Mercutio say about “blind love”?

Scene 2:
2. When Juliet appears on her balcony, what does Romeo compare her to?

3. How does Juliet “speak, yet . . . [say] nothing”?

4. When Juliet leans her cheek on her hand, what does Romeo say?

5. Unaware of his presence, what does Juliet ask Romeo to say?

6. In a sentence or two, explain what Juliet says about names.

7. Juliet asks how Romeo got into her place. The orchard walls are high, and Romeo’s life would be in danger if her relatives were to find him there. What is Romeo’s response to these questions?

8. Why is Juliet embarrassed?

9. Juliet is going to send someone to Romeo on the following day for what purpose?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

HW 3/25

Test, test, test.

Do outline the scenes to equip you for the quotation section.

Do review the four motifs (thematic elements).

Do read a summary of Act 1.

Here is a great fish eye view of the Globe Theater:

Monday, March 24, 2008

HW 3/24

Schedule for the week:
Monday- Read Zeffirelli Act 1 Scene 2-5
Tuesday- Review Act 1
Wednesday- Test Act 1
Thursday- Act 2 Scene 1-2
Friday- Research Day!

1: review Act 1 for tomorrow's class
2: keep on with ROAR, notice the due date around the corner
3: if you want to start on the research, check a book about Shakespeare or Romeo and Juliet from the library


Thursday, March 20, 2008

HW 10/20


Continue to use the electronic Shakespeare, read a scene summary, and wrestle with the language. It is not easy, but it does become easier.

1: ACTIVE READING Romeo and Juliet Act I. The whole thing. We will watch the Zeffirelli version on Monday

2: Longfellow "Psalm of Life" Essay FD. Here is a guide to formatting.

The outline for next week:
Monday- read the film
Tuesday- Review Act I, prepare for test
Wednesday- Romeo and Juliet Act I test
Thursday- Act II Scene i&ii
Friday- Research Day

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

HW 3/19

a strange, short day this was.

Shout out to all period 3 students who missed class today.

1: ACTIVE READING of Romeo and Juliet I.iii

Have you seen this version?

I also have recommended that you borrow/buy a "No Fear" version of the play.

or here

Also, try reading a summary of the scene before reading. I like this one.

2: Read your ROAR. This is going to be a "light" weekend for work, or at least you have three days. REMEMBER. The ROAR is due April 10th!

3: Read the comments on your Longfellow "Psalm of Life" Essay. On the row for this assignment, there will be a number all the way to the right. Notice how your other assignments have zeros. You should have a one or two. Click on the number, and then click "full review" on the right side to see the comments.

4: Revise the essay by 8:00 on Saturday.

Monday, March 17, 2008

HW 10/18

1: RE-Read Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 1

2: Read Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 2

Please start using your Green Book,, and this amazing online version of the play: Interactive Folio

3: Final Draft of Longfellow "Psalm of Life" Essay due Saturday (3/22) @8:00pm
Grading Rubric
Thesis 10 Points
Formatting 50 Points
Examples 30 Points
Overall 10 Points

March 10-14 Do Now

-find examples of the four motifs in the Prologue

-Free Write: Where is a place you go (home or otherwise) for peace and quiet?

-find examples of the four motifs in Act I Scene i

Friday, March 14, 2008

HW 3/14

1: Vocab Quiz #19
2: Sign research paper form. Extra copy here
3: If you have not found a ROAR book, bring it in on Tuesday

Thursday, March 13, 2008

HW 3/13

1: upload a perfect "4" MCAS essay to

2: continue editing the two student essays from

3: read that ROAR history book

4: Vocab quiz #19 on TUESDAY 3/18

5: avoid any "thumb biting" as it could cause a melee.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

HW 3/11

1: upload a perfect MCAS Kuralt's Breakfast essay
the question is here: "Down with the Forests"

2: Edit two essays on
-log in
-enter our class
-at the bottom of the page, see the two essays listed
-click on the essay
-answer the questions at the top of the page
-be sure to click "submit" to save your work

if you need more instructions, click here

Monday, March 10, 2008

March 3-7 Do Now

-what would you do with $1000?

-three questions & vocabulary words from "The Sniper"

-rewrite one paragraph from "The Sniper" in 1st person

HW 3/10

1: read and take notes on the Shakespeare Biography sheet

1: I am disappointed by how many of you did not have ROAR books today. Please ask for assistance from me or a librarian. This is a great chance for you to read the background of a topic you like

2: finish up those Longfellow essays, submitting to

Friday, March 7, 2008

HW 3/6

my greetings from Casa Doreian. Thanks for working with Mrs. Sutherland today. Here again is your work for the weekend.

1: Vocab Quiz #18

2: ROAR Book

3: Upload Longfellow Essay to on Sunday by 8:00pm


Thursday, March 6, 2008

HW 3/6

1: Writing Prompt Outline
-page 172 in Vocabulary Power Plus
-write a strong thesis sentence
-provide three (3) examples to back up your thesis

2: find a ROAR book for Term IV. Please use the catalog before making a trip. Have an idea of what topics you are interested in. Suggestion: look for books with one word titles followed by a colon.
Cod: The History of a Fish that Changed the World

Spice: The History of a Temptation

The Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World

Bananas: An American History

Here is a student version of "The Sniper"
(the music choice needs a bit of work, but their camera work is top-notch)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

HW 3/4

1: Vocabulary p. 183-186
-give correct answers and provide a "why"

2: turn in your Culture Vulture Research Notes and Source evaluation papers.

3: Keep thinking about RASH, and what we have learned this year

Here is a great article about OB and students doing REAL change:

Frightened bus users make stand

Monday, March 3, 2008

HW 3/3

Finish your Culture Vulture pamphlet
-remember no "I/my" for the evaluation
-cite everything you get from a website or book (Doreian).

Read the following articles:

Boston Globe article

Boston Herald reader comments


Term IV begins!
ROAR Dates-
3/10 Bring in your History book
4/10 2 page response to
4/16 Advertisement for book

Culture Vulture Dates
4/29 Rough Draft & Proof
4/30 Newspaper Article to