Can we start the end-of-the-year countdown yet?

Welcome back after your weekend, everyone! Only two more weeks, then finals, then summer break! We’re almost there!

Standard: RL.9-10.2. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: Students will continue their reading of Oedipus the King, review their literary device vocabulary, and then work on a 6-word memoir.

Activator: Osborne 10th Lit 2011-2012 6-Word Memoirs, set to “We are Young”  by Fun.

So, today we’re going to dive right back into Oedipus after we finish our daily video. Today we have Jocasta, Messenger, Oedipus, Herdsman, and everyone else will read as the Chorus. We’re reading the first scene of part II today, which runs from page 503 in your book to page 512. Remember, everyone reads as the Chorus, so let’s all do it together!

After we finish this, we’re going to learn about iambic pentameter! YAY!!!! There’s this cool PowerPoint I’ve got, and you all don’t even need to take notes on it, because when we finish it you get to make your SONNET into iambic pentameter!! Here’s a tip: generally, if you put your sonnet to 10 syllables a line, it’ll just naturally be pretty close to iambic, and it’ll definitely be pentameter.

Finally, we’re going to do six word memoirs. This is probably my favorite assignment all year! Here’s the deal: You’re going to write a story using exactly six words. Legend has it, famous author Ernest Hemmingway was given a challenge: Tell a story in 6 words or less. His answer? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Tells a whole story, doesn’t it? So now, I challenge you to do the same thing. The video we watched earlier contained six word memoirs from my classes last year. Today you’ll work on writing those memoirs, and on the Monday of finals week, our daily video will be created by me, out of all of your memoirs. Yay!

That’s all we have for today, everyone, so have an awesome day and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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