Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 26, 2012
  • In Class: continued presentations throughout the entire class period
  • If you have not presented your man Booker prize yet you need to go in and see smith and schedule a time to present to her during an off hour, before, or after school.
  • don't forget Literary Locker Tags were due October 24 and if you did not turn it in with the rubric get it in asap.
  • Next week: we are beginning our hamlet unit, we will be separating in small groups for fishbowl discussions.
  • Don't forget that first semester is coming to an end and the final is an in class essay "what is a hero" everything is online so you can start planning for it earlier.
  • Have a great weekend warriors.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ava K. Period 1 2nd Scribe

Happy Wednesday Donut Day!

The first thing we did was hand in rubrics for our Literary Locker Tags, a half page purple sheet that should have all of your group member names. This includes the requirements of drawing your assigned character from the prologue of Canterbury Tales, including their appearance/transportation, how they relate to Middle Ages, vices and challenging them to break those evils, skills they bring to their journey, etc.

Today is the first day of Man Booker Prize Presentations

Here is the list of people assigned to present their projects this day:
2.Savannah R.
4.Savannah A.

Ran out time, the remaining order of people will continue first on Friday


If you are not on the list for today, make sure you are fully prepared to present on Friday with all requirements.
The rubric can be found on Mrs. Smith's teacher page (
under Semester One with the name of Independent Reading Assignment

Friday, October 12, 2012

Ava K. Period 1 1st Scribe

Happy Friday!

We continued reading the prologue for Canterbury Tales pgs. 114-125
Lines 295-766

Discussions of each character:

Oxford Cleric: 
-problems include borrowing money from friends, never repairing them their money which he spends on learning with books and school. 
-doesn't use money to take care of himself based of his hollow look (starving)

Serjeant at the Law:
-"Appearance said enough", does make a lot of money based on his clothing
-Writes judgements based off the law, has an incredible memory for the law
-Seems to be very busy, yet there is not much to do

-Landowner with large amount of money
-Lived for pleasure, he enjoyed company in his house to be a generous host with joy of entertainment
-Gives back to government as a representative and was a model for the gentry (lower class)

Haberdasher, Dyer, Carpenter, Weaver, and Carpet Maker:
-Guild fertilities (trade class) 

-Was an excellent cook, yet not very religious

-Enjoyed being on sea, if robbed by pirates would fight back
-Travels all over, tan from being outside
-Clumsy on land

-If you weren't that sick, he would still prescribe medicine were you still pay him money and still get back more money from the apothecary
-Used astronomy to tell you the kind of sickness you had 
-Had a special love for gold, greedy. Says it is good for the heart. 

Woman/ Wife of Bath:
-Seems to be a good Christian 
-Had a heart for the Oldest Stances (sex)
-Five husbands
-Wear scandalous garments, spends money on herself more than the church
-gap teeth: especially fitted for love, boldness

-He would do what he needed to do in his on parish, yet would never leave the flock
-Very religious and devoted to group, poor yet enjoyed the blessing of his parish   
-Perception of pretty descent guy

-Hardworking, diligent, generous for his worship to God
-Still gives money to Church more than self

-Very strong man, very large
-Plays bagpipes, which lead the group out of town
-Farmers would bring grain to Miller either to sell or grind up for them to take home
-Gives unfair prices 

 -Can not read or write, yet is owner of law enforcement
-Cheated on workers on pay
-Takes money for himself 

-He takes care of his state, very good at his job, yet is unfair to his employees 
-He doesn't put effort into himself, indicated by his rusty blade

-Imposes punishment on those for your sins
-When he catches you doing sin, you can give him money/ substance for him to forgive you.
-He does not have a pleasant face, does not take care of anything other than his drinking and his pocket

-Scams people by selling things such as pig bones as "Wholy bones from Jesus"
-his cap didn't cover his head he was not loyal to the church

Homework: Man Booker Presentation, Literary Locker Tag
Note: If you have a group of four, you are to make locker tags for two characters
          A list of people presenting man Booker for October 24 is on Day Oct. 10 on this blog


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October 10, 2012

Happy doughnut Wednesday! 
October 10, 2012
Today in class we chose groups and a charter for the literally locker tag, we also read prologue for the Canterbury Tales. Also, we started sign up for Man Booker Prize presentation on 10/24:
1. Addie
2. Savannah
4. Savannah A.
5. Tristin
8. Luc
9. Jeff
11. Jason
12. Jess
13. Elle
14. Matt
15. Yanni

Literally Locker Tag:
We signed up in groups of three, if you had four in your group then you chose two characters.

Prologue for Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
We started reading on page 107 and ended on 114 at the Oxford Cleric
  • Some background information: Their were 29 travelers and the host will describe all of the charters and along the way each character told there own stories (which are the Canterbury Tales),who ever told the best tale won a nights stay at the tavern
  • while reading keep in mind that the church was a corrupt entity
Her are the characters and their characteristics that we have read so far:

has passion in his horse and sportsman, he follows chivalry.He doesn’t care how he dresses
Squire: He cares alot about possessions and looks, when he should not because he should be ready to go into battle, he showers more than others and is more of a renaissance man but he serves his father
Yeoman: carried bows and arrows, he is religious because he carries the metal of St. Christopher, doesn’t dress to fancy, pretty middle class, also carries a dagger shield and sword, dirty because he worked outside a lot
Nun (Madame Eglentyne): Holds herself to high standard, good manners, good personality friendly and outgoing , she is gluttonous (she is a large woman who rides a horse because she cant walk, likes to sound more educated than she is, high forehead, she gives food to animals instead of the poor
Monk: good hunter, does not study, owns many horses, has many possessions (does not adhere to rules of church), has fur lines, gold pins, large man
Friar: gives penits, luxriousness, gives girls little pins and pocket knives, only if you pay him will he give you forgiveness but only really forgives the wealthy because they pay him more money, spends his time in the bars, wears clothes that makes him look poorer than he is
Merchant: he is in hudge debt but does not look like it

HW: Man Booker Prize presentation , work on literally locker tag

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday October 8th
We started off by turning in the in-class essay that we started on friday

We had a meeting with our Man Booker groups

  • The new due date for our presentation is October 24th
We then took a quiz over the background of Canterbury Tails and the middle ages 
HW:Work on our literary locker tag and start to wrap our man booker story.

Matt Donohoe

Sunday, October 7, 2012


What's gucci?! Today we spent the entirety of class working on Beowulf essays. It was somewhat enjoyable. It was originally due at the end of class, but no one finished. The new due date is MONDAY OCT. 8TH. The link for the essay requirements can be found on Smith's website and on the scribe post for Wednesday the 3rd. 

I did my essay on how Beowulf embodies four traits of an epic hero; pride, supernatural power, invincibility, and taking a symbolic descent into hell. For your thesis, you must have:
  • Title
  • Author (anonymous)
  • Point that you are going to prove?
  • Why is it relevant/how does it pertain to story?

 In each paragraph, you must do the following:
  • Have 2 quotes. Since I have 4 body paragraphs, I will have a total of 8 quotes.
  • Lead-in for each quote, along with citation.
  • ex. Beowulf exclaimed, "Oh my, I am naked" (Anonymous line 376).
  • Quote explainations: 1. What does it say? 2. Connect it to the point of the paragraph. 3. Connect it to the thesis.
Lastly, you will have a conclusion paragraph. Also, if you would like to receive extra credit, use the word "hiatus" properly somewhere in your essay. Bring a printed copy of your essay to class.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wednesday 10/3


We have an In class essay on friday over Beowulf, here is the link to the topics:

Here are some tips for the Essay:
  •  Thesis
    • Title, Author, Point, Why
  • Body:
    • Topic Sentence, main idea, why
    • set up situation
    • lead in, "quote" (anonymous 276). - 2/3 per paragraph
    • explain quote
      • connect to point your proving
    • transition to next example
    • concluding sentece
    • repeat for the # of body paragraphs you have
  • Conclusion:
    • Restate thesis
    • summarize argument
    • end in satisfying conclusion
  • Don'ts
    • Personal words - I, you, me, my, our, we, us 
    • No contractions
    • No words like things, stuff, generalities, good, bad
    • Misspelling of characters names
We ended with continuing our poster work on Beowulf

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday October 1

Homework reminders:
  • Keep reading your Mann Booker prize book, page 245! continue working on your container
  • On friday we will have an in class essay on Beowulf
  • Next Monday we will have a quiz on background knowledge on Canterbury Tales

Finish reading Beowulf, Cantos 12-17
  • In these cantos we see Beowulf become injured and Wiglaf kills Grendel out of loyalty to Beowulf.
  • In the battle between Grendel’s mother and Beowulf we see that Beowulf has to go down to hell to fight her while when he fought Grendel it was in a heaven like place.
  • His pride forces him to also want to fight Grendel’s mother. His pride also makes him bring Grendel’s head down into hell.
  • There are a lot of fate elements, when he kills a monster or is saved Beowulf credits fate. The Christian elements don’t seem to flow as much, like the monks went back a wove it in. One place it is seen is when Grendel’s mom can’t touch Beowulf in water because it symbolizes his baptism in christianity.
  • It shows his fight with the dragon is the end
  • The downfall is very symbolic, it shows the downfall of the Anglo-Saxon ideas, Beowulf’s followers deserting him also supports this idea
  • Christian idea- sprinkle water over his body
  • Kennings: combination of nouns together, example line 595 “the mighty water witch”

On Friday in the class Essay the citation will look like
Lead in..., “Quote...” (Anonymous, Line numbers).

  • Look on Ms. Smith’s website for the six different topics
  • On wednesday we will finish the posters