Wednesday, April 30, 2008

HW 4/30

1) Bring in a printed copy of your (H) paper for us to edit
2) The ROAR quotes/explanations are due to tomorrow
3) The ROAR advertisement is due on Friday (5/2)
4) Upload your (H) paper to on Friday (5/2). It will be graded on formatting and connecting Historical research with lines from Romeo and Juliet.

Paper Clip Romeo and Juliet:

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Locked in an eternal embrace...

Yesterday at Mantua, in an amazing echo of Romeo and Juliet, archaeologists revealed the discovery of a couple locked in a tender embrace, one that has endured for more than 5,000 years.

Read more here:

HW 4/29

1) Active Reading 4.3+4
2) Outline (H) section of Research Paper. You should have 3 or 4 paragraphs outlined.
M(ain point)
E(vidence from research)
A(nalysis of Romeo and Juliet using the research)

3) Schedule when/where you will conduct further research for the paper

Monday, April 28, 2008

ROAR Advertisement Rubric

The best rubric is to look at the Ads from last year. But here are the formal criteria for how your advertisement will be evaluated.


HW 4/28


1) Culture Vulture- rough draft and proof
2) Romeo and Juliet Active Reading Act 4 Scene 1
3) Research Paper (H)
-printed copy Thursday 5/1 Friday 5/2
5) ROAR 3 Quotations 5/1
ROAR Advertisement 5/2
4) ALL make up work must be completed this week

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Vacation Culture Vulture

Hope you enjoyed the marathon yesterday.

Here are a few options for last minute culture vulture.

Jazz and Art:

April 26th
6 - 11 PM

Jazz Concert and Art Exhibition Opening

Piano Factory
791 Tremont St.
Roxbury, MA
6 - 8 PM Art Exhibition: Ralph Beach, Paul Goodnight, Kwest, Richard Waters, and Taina Vargas
8 - 11pm: Concert - Kenneth Holman and Agape

Copley Library Events

Tuesday, April 22
throughout the day
Copley Square
Josh Elder, the author of Mail Order Ninja, hosts two workshops and a discussion for fans of various ages.

At Copley, there is an interactive exhibition called "Facing History." It is a chance to ask how you view others in the community, and see how people have struggled to live together.
Also, there is a great map exhibition that shows bird's eye views of Boston.

Friday, April 18, 2008

HW 4/18


-get your research done for Historical Context. Get to a library.

-use an internet version of R&J and search for your topic.

e-mail me with questions.

The (H) section of the research paper will be graded for formatting and flow. Make your citations perfect, and make each sentence connect with the next one.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

HW 4/17

-nail down the research topic for Historical Context
-prove to me that you have done some initial research on the topic with lines from Romeo and Juliet or about your topic

Please start to plan out your week of vacation.

I will be at the Copley Library on Tuesday and Wednesday 11am-1pm. Look for me on the main floor, go straight through the open staircase area, and I'll be at a table in the computer area.

Do send me an email so I can expect you there.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

HW 4/16


-2 day research extravaganza begins tomorrow. Visit the library soon, and get books to help with your research

-by Friday, you need to show me your topic, and at least three places in Romeo and Juliet that relate to your topic.

-remember, your research question is "How does historical context help me better understand Romeo and Juliet?" You can find a whole library of information about boats in the Elizabethan era, but can that make it easier to read the play?

ROAR/Culture Vulture Update

With Term 4 providing a deluge of work, I have decided to amend the requirements for ROAR and Culture Vulture.

(to replace the standard ROAR 2 page review)

-select 3 quotations/passages from the book
-explain why you found these selections interesting (paragraph per quotation)
-use standard ROAR heading (publication information, letter grade) and use proper MLA intext citation for each quotation

-create an advertisement for your book. The ad must be standard paper size (no billboards please) and show creative thought and quality construction (avoid tape, stock images, messy handwriting).
-the ad should contain the book's title and the author's name (since it is an ad, there is no need to underline/italicize the title)

Culture Vulture

-have fun by attending a Culture Vulture event!
-complete a Culture Vulture rough draft sheet, and attach proof
-we will write a newspaper article about the event next term

Due Dates
3 Quotations ( 5/1
Advertisement (in class) 5/2

Culture Vulture
Rough Draft & Proof 4/29

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

HW 4/15


-test, test, oh sweet test!

-pick a topic to research for the Historical Context part of the essay

-sorry, but the idea of R. Kelly having anything to do with Romeo and Juliet makes me laugh...

Approved Internet Sources

Here are some hotlinks for the Research Paper:

Monday, April 14, 2008

HW 4/14


-review Act 2 and 3 for the test this Wednesday (I suggest making a study guide like we did for Act 1. Know the outline of these acts: who is in each scene, what are the main plot points)

-like countless 9th graders, you have seen a bit more of Romeo in Zeffirelli's film adaptation than you expected. Do you have any thoughts about how the male body is shown in movies? Is there a difference with how the female body is shown? Two movies come to mind (I do not recommend either for your viewing): Borat and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. These films shock(ed)audiences with male nudity. Of course Zeffirelli shows Romeo from behind, but it still leaves little to the imagination.

Friday, April 11, 2008

HW 4/11

-Active Reading of Romeo and Juliet 3.5

-Act 2 & 3 Test on Wednesday. It will be the same format as the Act 1 test (plot/quotes)

Study Questions

Scene 5:
22. As Romeo is preparing to leave Juliet, what argument does she use to convince him to stay?

23. Later, why does Juliet think Romeo should leave?

24. Just as Romeo is about to descend the rope ladder and leave Juliet, what does Juliet say about the way Romeo looks?

25. Why does Lady Capulet think Juliet is crying?

26. When Lady Capulet threatens to send someone to Mantua to poison Romeo, what does Juliet say?

27. After Lady Capulet breaks the news about Paris, what is Juliet’s response?

28. If Juliet’s mother does not arrange to delay the marriage, what will Juliet do?

29. What is Capulet’s reaction to Juliet’s threats?

30. What is the nurse’s advice to Juliet?

31. How does Juliet’s attitude toward the nurse change?

32. What “scheme” does Juliet devise to get rid of the nurse and to get out of the house?

Weekend Culture Vulture

Math and Art

Hours: Wednesday, Thursday 6-9pm - Saturday, 2-5pm, or by appointment.

Green Street (Orange Line) T Station

826 Boston Grand Opening
North American Symposium on Sasquatch Research

On April 12, 2008, the Greater Boston Bigfoot Institute (GBBRI) will celebrate its grand opening with the North American Symposium on Sasquatch Research (NASSR).

From 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., GBBRI will be open to the public, featuring family writing activities, product demonstrations, music and author readings. Here is a tentative schedule:

* 12:00 – 1:00: Writing Activities for youth & families
* 1:00 – 1:30: Reading by M.T. Anderson, author of The Serpent Came to Gloucester
Reading by A.W. Flaherty, author of The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster
* 1:30 – 1:45: Mayor Menino Visits
* 1:45 – 2:30: Music & Dancing
* 2:30 – 3:00: Bigfoot Films & Product Demonstrations

3035 Washington St.
Roxbury, MA 02119

HW 4/10

The "S" part of your research paper due to and a perfectly formatted printed copy submitted for class.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

HW 4/9


-enjoy the extra day to finish the "S" section of the Research Paper

-tomorrow, take down the sections of the play that will help you w/imagery from the board

-keep on reading the ROAR book

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

HW 4/8

-good amount of reading tonight. Act III Scenes ii-iv

study questions

Scene 2:
13. Why is Juliet so impatient for the nurse to return?

14. Describe Juliet’s rapidly changing attitudes toward Romeo in this scene.

15. What piece of news has upset Juliet the most?

16. What does the nurse promise to do?

Scene 3:
17. Explain Romeo’s reaction to the news of his banishment.

18. Romeo tells Friar Laurence that the priest cannot know or understand how Romeo feels. Why?

19. What argument does Friar Laurence use to prevent Romeo from killing himself?

20. What does the nurse give to Romeo?

Scene 4:
21. What does Capulet tell his wife to say to Juliet?

Also, I am pushing back the due date for "Style" until Friday, the 11th. Bring what you have written to class on Thursday for an editing session.

Monday, April 7, 2008

HW 4/7


1: We are becoming lazy with Active Reading notes. Here are some study questions for you to consider for tomorrow.

Act 3
Scene 1:
1. At the beginning of the scene, why does Benvolio think that there will be a fight?

2. What does Mercutio accuse Benvolio of doing/being?

3. When Tybalt and Mercutio first begin arguing, what does Benvolio try to get them to do?

4. What does Tybalt call Romeo?

5. Why won’t Romeo fight Tybalt?

6. What does Mercutio think is the reason Romeo refuses to fight?

7. Why does Mercutio keep repeating, “A plague o’ both your houses”?

8. What does Romeo say that Juliet’s love has done to him?

9. Why does Romeo call himself “fortune’s fool”?

10. When Benvolio relates to the Prince what happened, what does he say Romeo tried to do before Mercutio was killed?

11. What does Lady Capulet accuse Benvolio of? Why?

12. What are the Prince’s punishments for the dual deaths?


Friday, April 4, 2008

HW 4/4

-Active Reading of R&J 3.1

-Signed progress report


For your research of Shakespeare's (S)tyle, you must be able to define the mandatory elements listed on the sheet, provide an example from Romeo and Juliet, and provide at least one solid direct quote. The majority of your work will be finding examples from the play.

-use an internet version of the play to search for a word/phrase that you remember but can't locate. Here:

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Culture Vulture Packed Weekend!


ICA Teen Night 6-9PM


Inspired by the exhibition STREET LEVEL, and new work by William Cordova

6 pm - hairstyling in Mario Ybarra Jr.'s installation "Sweeney Tate" (2007)

6:30 - 7:30pm DJ Die Young / Volvox / Baltimoroder

7:30 - 2on2 bboy/bgirl breakdancing battle hosted by the FLOORLORDS + Cash Prize

Free Hair Styling / Life Advice in a barbershop in the middle of the galleries.
It's for both boys and girls, and is amazing. Kaitlyn Explosion is back!


FORUM: The HBO Series "The Wire" - A Compelling Portrayal of an American City

Date: Friday, April 4 2008
Time: 05:00 PM
Location: John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum; 79 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138

A 4:30 pm screening of "The Wire" series highlights followed by a panel discussion of crime, gang activity, and urban policy

Event Speakers: David Simon, creator of "The Wire"; Nora Baston, Dep. Superintendent of the Boston Police; author Geoffrey Canada; Professor Sudhir A. Venkatesh, Columbia University
Event Moderators: Professor William Julius Wilson, author of "When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor"
Event CoSponsors: HBO, Harvard's W.E. B. Du Bois Institute for African American Research, Department of African and African American Studies, HKS' Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management


Step Show @ Northeastern University

Noon-5:00 PM $10 (adults); $3 (ages 6-11); under 5 free

Matthews Arena
Join African-American fraternities and sororities for an afternoon of music and entertainment. Be prepared to be rocked!

HW 4/3

Congratulations on finishing the first portion of the Research Paper.

-bring in any books you have checked out about Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet as we have the period set aside for research and editing

-Active Reading notes on Act 3 Scene 1 for Monday

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

HW 4/2

Those who have put the time into research, enjoy! Those who have not done enough research, this will be a sprint into tomorrow.

Remember: You MUST bring a printed copy of your paper tomorrow. This is a homework assignment that can NOT be made up.

Please do not cheat yourself with any Wikipedia research, and do take care enough with your paper to check the formatting before hitting print.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Research Paper Outline and Requirements

It has been found!

Download to the delight of anyone who lost their copy HERE

Research Notes Sheet

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Coverage of the World Championship and key phrases HERE

HW 4/1

1: Active Reading of R&J Act 2 Scenes 4+5

2: get that research done! Remember that there is a Faculty Meeting tomorrow, so the Doreian library will be closed. Get to Copley.

Study Questions
Scene 4:
6. According to Mercutio, what kind of man is Tybalt?

7. What is the nurse saying to Romeo in lines 157 – 163?

8. How is Juliet to arrange to meet Romeo?

Scene 5:
9. The nurse is supposed to be gone only a half hour, but she is actually gone for how long?

10. How is the nurse behaving that is frustrating to Juliet?