MAN, daylight savings time kicked my BUTT this weekend!
Standard: RL.9-10.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Learning Target: Students will finish their modern translations of Marc Antony’s speech, then begin reading act IV of Julius Caesar.
Activator: Marlon Brando’s version of Antony’s speech
So, you might recall on Friday that we finished reading act III and began working on a little writing assignment. Ms. Jones and I asked you to translate Marc Antony’s famous “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” speech from Caesar’s funeral. This translation can be to modern, academic English (“Friends and fellow Romans, please listen to what I have to say”) or it can be to a modern English like you would speak (“Hey y’all, listen up!”). Either way, you need to line by line translate the speech to a modern version. We will take about twenty minutes or so to finish that today.
Afterwards, we’re going to get started reading act IV. At this point in the play, the action will shift from Caesar’s death and the conspiracy to kill him onto the civil war that started after he died. Act IV and V go really quickly, and with luck we will have both acts finished within a couple days 🙂 After that, the play is done and we can get started on our big writing assignment! YAY!