Today students got a chance to deal with more current events before we started our Shakespeare. We covered in class a video that explains many key elements of the ISIS situation that has been such a driving piece of the news over the last year. While I cannot include the video, I have posted the lyrics below. The packet which includes a section on vocabulary, key terms, and question and short answer sections will be due completed on Monday.
I then showed some video that hopefully got students familiar with Shakespeare tone and cadence. We will start reading tomorrow. Students should bring their great loud acting voice.
What is Week in Rap Extra?
It's Flocabulary. We're about to take it back, going in depth. It's a Week in Rap, special edition. We're going in on ISIS, giving you the history.
For awhile we've been dealing with a crisis,
In the Middle East, it's a group called ISIS.
Or the Islamic State, they started in Syria,
Since 2004, they've been causing hysteria.
Their goal is to create an Islamic state,
That's also known as a "caliphate."
And they use violence that's extreme,
And Islam is the way they justify their means.
But hold up, we want to make it known,
ISIS is not something Muslims condone.
The Islamic community at large,
Is anti-ISIS and doesn't want them in charge.
ISIS emerged from al-Qaeda,
When Syria was in a civil war is when they made a move.
In 2014, it really got radical,
The Syrian city of Raqqa became their capital.
It's where the government of ISIS was installed,
With court so they can enforce Sharia law.
ISIS traveled along the Tigris and Euphrates,
Through Syria and Iraq, conquering key cities.
You probably have a question to ask though,
How does ISIS maintain its cash flow?
They get money from oil, that's that black gold,
Plus they heavily tax folks in areas they control.
They steal ancient artifacts that we may never get back,
And demand ransom money for anybody they kidnap.
They use social media to recruit,
Through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
And it works, they have over 20,000 foreigners,
From Spain to Great Britain, and they keep gaining more of them.
In June 2014, they attacked Iraq,
They took Mosul and some other towns and couldn't be stopped.
They had mass executions, regular beheadings,
They mostly kill fellow Muslims, what's the message they're sending?
Why does ISIS kill? They believe the Quran,
Which is the holy book of Islam,
Should be interpreted based on their very strict philosophy.
Anybody who doesn't agree is guilty of apostasy.
Which means abandoning religious belief,
They're terrorists and they murder those who disagree.
Publicly and brutally, and it's sick,
But they want to scare their enemies to give up and quit.
Now their operation has been growing,
So much so that the United States had to go in.
With troops and airtrikes, we have a big role,
But some say it hasn't been successful as a whole.
But either way, there's been a push globally,
To try and drive ISIS back totally.
And in the US, Muslim leaders,
Have begun programs to combat extremists.
Syrians and the Iraqis,
Are both trying to fight back because they want peace.
It's scary how much ISIS has succeeded,
But with knowledge and strategy, we hope they'll be defeated.
This is living history, and it's complex,
But we break it down, stayed tuned for what's next.
Today students read through their informational article and their answers to the Close and Critical questions regarding the article. Students started looking at their possible roles in The Taming of the Shrew. We will start with casting tomorrow.
Here is the link for the abridged play
Today we as a class discussed the idea of how Shakespeare crafted his plays into 5 Acts. Those acts filled a format that many movies and plays follow still to this day.
Act I: The introduction, exposition of the play and also a chance to meet the main characters at a glance
Act II: Plot and Character development allows us to connect and identify with theme and characteristics central to the rest of the play
Act III: Rising action takes the play right to its Climax or Apex. This is also when the story traditionally has its what I refer to as the "oh oh" moment. This is when the reader or watcher can identify the conflict or when they might secretly whisper to the actor in the play "I wouldn't do that." It's when the pieces really start to fall in place, the action and drama build, and the reader knows more than the character. Commercial Break Time!
Act IV: falling action has the conflict starting to resolve. Some problems are still very present but one can see how characters will probably solve their issues.
Act V: conclusion or resolution may result in humor, happy endings or even all out misery for all involved but the story is ending either way. Often much like he would exposition the intro, Shakespeare would often summarize a theme at the end for those paying too little attention.
Hope this helps and see you all in class tomorrow when we continue The Taming of the Shrew.
Today students started the day by scheduling their 9th grade classes. When that was completed students started their new Quick Write Assignment. The full page quick write topic was "What I've Learned in Setting Up My High School Schedule". This is due tomorrow to start class. NWEA makeup tests were given today. Web quest is due tomorrow as well.
New Webquest Link
Complete as many sections as needed between Yesterday's and Today's web quest to total 5 sections. SKIP ROMEO and JULIET.
Today, while in the computer lab, students will work through a webquest on the life and times of William Shakespeare. This will be due on Friday, but discussions will be had in class tomorrow, and Wednesday using information from the webquest.
As the NWEA test is back upon us, I don't want students to be limited in their opportunity for another round of peer edits, nor another chance to revise their paper for a final draft. With this in mind I have changed the due date for their iSearch papers to this Friday, March 13, 2015. All final drafts must include research materials, rough drafts, revisions, peer edit forms and iSearch Grading Form. Final Draft goes under the grading form. All other materials go under the final draft.
For students that completed their study guide on time, this assignment is optional. For those students that I met with and expressed their grade on their incomplete study guides, this assignment is mandatory. Students are to compare and contrast the movie Huck Finn to the Novel. Using their study guides to mark similarities and differences makes an good start to the paper. While not a great version, and there are plenty of other ways to view the movie, I have put a version here through youtube. The rubric is attached for the paper.