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Poster and Review Wednesday


Learning Target: Students will finish their posters and begin working on their Julius Caesar study guide.


Today we’re going to spend the first half of class working on your posters from yesterday. Remember, extra credit to the group that produces the best poster!! Afterwards, I’ll give you guys some time to work on your…. 

Julius Caesar Study Guide!!  Play Content questions:

  1. What were the working people doing when the play started?
  2. How did Flavius and Marullus feel about this?
  3. In scene 2, who did Caesar go to watch the race with?
  4. Which conspirator starts forming a plan while the race is going on?
  5. Whom does this conspirator need to convince?
  6. Why is it important to have this person’s help?
  7. What is the weather like that evening?
  8. What kind of events are happening?
  9. Why does Casca speak in prose, rather than verse?
  10. What is different about Brutus from the other conspirators?
  11. The act begins with the conspirators meeting at Brutus’s house. How do they feel about Brutus’s role in the conspiracy?
  12. The conspirators suggest getting someone else in on the plan. Who? Hint: This person is old.
  13. What is Decius Brutus going on about when he says that men are swayed by flattery (Shakespeare II.i.203-206)?
  14. Why is Portia so upset?
  15. What does Calpurnia mean when she says, “When beggars die, there are no comets seen; / The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes” (Shakespeare II.ii.30-31)?
  16. Caesar replies “Cowards die many times before their deaths; / The valiant never taste of death but once” (Shakespeare II.ii.32-33). What does the word valiant mean here?
  17. What are Calpurnia and Caesar talking about when this conversation happens?
  18. Who enters the scene afterwards, and what does he ask Caesar to do?
  19. What is Artemidorus doing?
  20. What is the Soothsayer trying to do?
  21. Why were the senators asking favors of Caesar during act III scene i?
  22. What were Caesar’s dying words?
  23. When Marc Antony found Caesar dead, what did he think the senators would do to him?
  24. What did Marc Antony ask to do after Caesar’s death?
  25. Brutus agreed, but on what condition?
  26. Did Cassius like this?
  27. After Brutus finished his speech, how did the people feel?
  28. After Antony finished his speech, what else did he read to the people?
  29. Which side were the people on after they left Antony?
  30. Why did the angry mob kill an innocent poet?
  31. Which of the classical unities does Shakespeare violate in act IV?
  32. Where do scenes ii and iii take place?
  33. Who’s leading each side of the civil war?
  34. Who or what appears to Brutus that night?
  35. What does it say?
  36. What was the term for the meeting the opposing generals had before the battle started?
  37. What did Cassius mistakenly see that made him decide to kill himself?
  38. How did Brutus die?
  39. Who was left alive at the end of the battle?
  40. Which of these people went on to become the next emperor of Rome?

Write parenthetical citations for the following quotations:

  1. Act 1 scene 2 line 280, said by Cassius: “Nay, an I tell you that, I’ll ne’er look you I’ th’ face”
  2. Act 3 scene 2 line 75, from Antony: “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him”
  3. Act 2 scene 1 line 255 and 256, by Portia: “255: I should not know you Brutus. Dear my lord 256: Make me acquainted”
  4. Act 5 scene 1 line 1 “Now, Antony, our hopes are answered”
  5. Act 4 scene 3 line 155 “and  (her attendants absent) swallowed fire” said by Brutus about Portia.

Today’s Theme: Review!

Welcome to FRIDAY!! Tomorrow is the WEEKEND!!!!!!


Learning Target: Students will understand the concept of theme, as well as review for their exam on Monday.

Activator: Peter Griffin Gets Theme Music

Today we’re going to focus on the last major concept we’ll learn for this unit, which is appropriate, becuase YOUR TEST IS ON MONDAY!!!! That’s right, I said Monday! So don’t forget to study over the weekend!!

Anyway, that concept is theme. What’s a theme, you ask? Well, I have a Thandy-dandy PowerPoint to tell you! We’ll take some notes, do some examples, and theeeeen…we’re gonna do a little bit of writing 🙂 here’s what I want you to do:

  • Write a paragraph about the theme, or universal truth, in Julius Caesar. Explain what you think the theme is and why, giving examples from the text to support your ideas. Make sure you include the following mistakes in your writing:
    • One comma splice
    • Two run-on sentences
    • Three sentence fragments (either dependent clauses standing on their own, sentences without subjects or verbs, or any group of words that’s otherwise not a complete sentence.)
  • After everyone finishes their paragraphs, we will trade with a partner. Your job is to look at your partner’s writing and find and correct all their mistakes. Then, write three sentences underneath about whether you agree or disagree with their idea of a theme of Julius Caesar. Remember, there can be more than one theme, so you can still agree with soemone else even if they have a different theme than you do!

After we finish talking about theme, we’re going to take some time to review for our test on Monday. I have a Julius Caesar Study Guide that I thought you guys might like 🙂 Enjoy – you’ll have the rest of class to work on it!

Study Monday!

Happy Monday, my lovely students! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Guess what? Your test over Julius Caesar is tomorrow! STUDY STUDY STUDY!!!

Standard: ELA10RL4, Bullet B: The student explains important ideas and viewpoints introduced in a text through accurate and detailed references or allusions to the text and other relevant works.

Learning Target: Students will be able to summarize and know the major points of Julius Caesar, in preparation for their test tomorrow. They will also continue reading The Hunger Games.

Activator: Daily video!

Hunger Games Trailer!

Today in class we had a review-and-Hunger Games day. First up, the review! We did a quick gallery walk of the thinking maps we did on Friday. Everyone gets two minutes at each poster to write down a summary of the act, then we rotated posters until everyone had seen all five. After that, we came back into the classroom for some study guide time.

That’s right, study guide! I handed one out that asks all the important questions about Julius Caesar. From these questions, I will choose the multiple choice questions for your Julius Caesar test. There will also, of course, be a writing section. Here’s the study guide:

Julius Caesar Study Guide

After some work time on the study guide, we ended the day with more reading of The Hunger Games, popcorn style. I’m glad to hear y’all are enjoying the book so far! Remember, your test is tomorrow, so study study study tonight!!!