Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Scribe for November 28

Hey everyone! So we did not do a bunch of different things today, but here's what you all need to know!

First, we watched the scenes from Hamlet that we started on Monday.

Then, we did the act 3 fishbowl.

And that was it!

All you guys have to do for homework is the blog question from act 3! Have fun guys.

Hamlet Act 3 Blog Question

To what extent is the ghost of Hamlet's father real? Is Hamlet hallucinating at some point, possibly letting the idea of the gist infiltrate his psyche? Or is it real at all?

Hamlet Act 3 Fishbowl

Monday, November 26, 2012

We began class with a new seating chart. We reviewed Act II and finished reading Act III.
        In Act III the theme of eavesdropping was introduced again. Eavesdropping highlights the mutual mistrust of each other that the people in the castle have towards each other.  Questions to ask yourself during Act III.
  • Is Claudius really guilty for killing his brother? 
  • What are the benefits that Claudius has gained because of his brothers death? If anything, what has Claudius lost?
  • If Hamlet kills his uncle, will he be damned? 
  • When his father appears as a ghost to him again, is the ghost a manifestation of his guilt or is the ghost actually existent?  
  • Why can't the Queen see the ghost of her husband? 
  • Why is the King sending Hamlet to England? 
  • Why does Hamlet compare his father and Claudius to his mother?
  • Is the Queen guilty?
  • Why does Hamlet encourage his mother to refrain from contact with Claudius?
  • Is Ophelia living in a prison of herself? Is Hamlet? 
  • Is Hamlet a coward or a man of inaction?
  • What is the significance of Hamlet's vengeance only pertaining to women? (Ophelia, His mother) 
After reading we watched two different versions of the Act. That's it- Have a great day!    

Friday, November 16, 2012

November 16

We read act 3. For the Monday that we get back we have the fishbowl over act 3.
Have a great Thanksgiving. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

11/14/12 Scribe

Hey guys! Here's what you missed:

  • We started class with Smith handing back some (not all) of our graded reading projects.
  • Took the Act 2 quiz, and drew turkeys for extra credit.
  • Then we discussed things to look for in acts 3 and 4:
    • Claudius' reaction to Hamlet killing
    • R&G and their relationship with Hamlet
    • Where does Claudius banish Hamlet to?
    • What's up with Fortinbras?
    • focus on the famous "To be, or not to be" soliloquy
    • What's Hamlet and Ophelia's relationship?
    • With the play within the play (playception) how does Claudius react?
    • What's Polonious and Claudius' plot?
    • What up with Ophelia?
    • Hamlet is a man of inaction?
    • How is Ophelia victimized?
And that's it! Don't be too sad if you weren't here today because it was a DONUT-less Wednesday. I'm not upset or anything.... Bye!

-Jessica Sotwick 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday November 12, 2012

Hello everyone.

 I don't know about your but my Monday morning was cold, early and tired. I am counting down the days until Fall break. But until then we must push on.
Today in English Literature we read the last few pages of act 2 of Hamlet and discussed the play within the play idea. Then out came lab tops and a tables in a circles to start the act 2 fishbowl. If you want to know what the outer Circe talked about look at the post for act 2 fishbowl. In the inner circle. there was decision about the role of Women in Shakespeare, how character used each other and and overall message from the text.
For homework:
1. Respond the the blog question asked by the act 2 presenters
2. Review act 2 of Hamlet for a quiz on Wednesday

Hamlet Blog Post for Act Two

Do you think it is possible that Hamlet is truly going insane, due to the recent events that have taken place?

Hamlet Act 2 Fishbowl

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday November 9, 2012

Guess what! Only one more week until Thanksgiving break.

Plus it's a Friday so today was guaranteed to be a good one. Now I could explain further why today was so special but that is not why you are reading my post.  If you are reading this you probably are in Smith English Lit class first hour and you want to know what we did in class. And because I am the scribe for today it is my job to tell what happened. But before I continue, I hope you realize that today was a great day.
Anyway, English went like this:
  1. Smith was gone today (and we missed her) so there was a sub
  2. We read as a class Hamlet starting from 2.2.40 till 2.2.572 (We did finish the act because the sub wanted to have time to watch the movies)
  3. Then we watched some scene from the different Hamlet movies about the act we had just read
Homework: If you are leading the act 2 fishbowl you need to meet as a group and create a critical review, syllabus and blog question
For everyone else I would suggest finishing act 2 because the fishbowl is on Monday

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday 11/7/2012

Wednesday 11/7/2012
Happy day after Election day!
We started with going over what the Critical Reading part of your fishbowl should be. To get help on this you can log onto the subscription sites to do some research. If you are at home: Go to the AHS page, go to the Library tab and scroll down to the Cite Sources. Then on the left hand side of the page it says AHS Online Subscription Resources. Click on this:
Username: ashonline
Password: arapahoe
Then scroll down to the Language Arts section and can click on a site type in what you want to know about Hamlet and create your critical reading part for fishbowl. If you are at school just click on the AHS home page to the Subscription cites and follow the same steps.

*When you are leading the fishbowl make sure you post your blog question ASAP on the class blog so everyone can answer it!

Next we took a quiz over Act 1 in groups of 2-3. If you missed this please see Mrs. Smith to set up a time to take it.

Here are some questions to look at while reading Act 2: (page 69)

1.How is Reynaldo supposed to spy on Laertes?
2.Keep in mind Polonius and Ophelias relationship.
3.What is the characterization we gained about Polonius in Act 2?
4.What does ophelia report to polins? And what is his reaction with that information?
5.What does Claudius ask of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
6.Rosencrantz and Guildenstern make a decision regarding their friendship with hamlet what is 7.Shakespeare trying to tell us about friendships?

We read up to page 81 line 40.
Mrs. Smith will also not be here on friday, but we will continue to read Act 2 and then do the fishbowl on Monday.

Wednesday 11/7/12

Wednesday 11/7/12

We started class with talking about the requirements for the fishbowls.  Make sure you are doing the critical reading.  That mean going onto AHS subscription sites, and under language arts, click any source, and look up the different questions for Hamlet that you need.  Also make sure your blog question are posted the day of your fishbowl!

Next we took the act one quiz.  Make sure to study!

Next week on Monday, we will have the fishbowl for act two.

Start on page 69
We started reading act two.  While reading keep track of... 1.   how is Reynaldo suppose to spy on Laertes? 2.  Keep in mind about Polonius and Ophelia relationship? 3.  What is the characterization of Polonius? 4.  What does Ophelia report to Polonius and what was his reaction? 5.  What does Claudius ask of R, and G? 6.  R, and G make a decision about their friendship with Hamlet...what does Shakespeare want to tell us about friendships?

Think about how smart Hamlet is acting.  Even though he is acting crazy, is he really crazy?  Think about how Hamlet is "killing two birds with one stone" when he goes to Ophelia, and how he needs to find a way to make Claudius to confess.  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hamlet blog post for act one

How does anger define Hamlet as a character and how does anger fuel his life as normal people's live?

Monday, November 5, 2012


Hey everyone.  So sorry this is late.  It was my state weekend.

Reading Hamlet, Act 1,

Ghost scenes: Branaugh (11), Olivier (8), and Gibson (8).

HW: Fishbowl act 1 group meeting review, syllabus, blog question post fishbowl.

Hamlet Act 1 Fishbowl