February 20, 2018 – Adriana D. – Tuesday: 1 Rotation

  • North House: Blog is due Friday at 8pm
  • Thinnes math test is still Friday
  • Macbeth quizzes are moved to March 2, 2018
    • Acts 4 & 5 homework are due Thursday 02/22/18
  • Also next week West is coming into class to talk about Naviance

February 20, 2018 – Blog Post #23 – Adriana Diaz: Winter Olympics 2018

Hi everyone, this is Adriana Diaz and I’m your scribe for the week. I hope you all had a great 4 day weekend and now we’ll have a short 4 day week. So the past week specifically on Feb. 9th the opening of the Winter Olympics happened. I thought it would be nice to get to know what happens at the Olympics  ceremony so here is an article from CNN explaining the ceremony.

The prompt for this blog is, “If you had the honor to play in the Olympics what sport would you play? And why. It doesn’t matter if you play in the winter or the summer.”

Blog Post #22

Hello, North House! I hope you are all looking forward or reminiscing to the events of February fourteenth. If the past experience with Valentine’s Day has negative or positive does not matter, but the history of where it comes from. This week’s blog post will manifest a deeper understanding of this holidays. that America has they must have an origin. So, I decide to give knowledge about this Holiday of love. This article explains the history of Valentine’s Day and gives current facts about what Americans do on this day.

This Valentine’s Day

What would be a simple way in order for someone to express they love you? Why?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Hello, North House!

This morning in Mrs. Edwards’ class, class began with housekeeping announcements, going into more depth about the Macbeth portion of the Shakespearean unit. Throughout the course of this portion, the class will be divided into “troupes” or groups of six, with the exception of one group of five. All the quizzes are an INDIVIDUAL effort, but the average grades within the troupes will be evaluated to determine which one will be the group to choose their Act to perform first. The troupe with the highest quiz grade average will receive that “first dibs” opportunity. 


On Tuesday, February 13, two guest speakers will be presenting to us about a summer internship opportunity for Google. The two speakers are IPoly alumni from ten years ago. The presentation will only take approximately twenty minutes. Our house determined that we would prefer to skip SSR on that day and replace SSW third rotation with that, to just spend time on the Macbeth quiz and going over the following Act.

The next PVLEGOS was supposed to be conducted this month, but there were schedule conflicts. The upcoming PVLEGOS which does not have a set date yet will have more parameters for us, students, to follow. There are plans for this presentation to introduce a visual aide. Mrs. Edwards then stated that when our big symposium to present to underclassmen comes around, our content should be much more informative that it is about our personal experiences. Our audiences will expect to learn about our topic and not about our lives.

To focus our reading on Macbeth, we have been assigned a series of questions in a packet about every scene and Act. It’s an individual assignment. Fact checking with each other is recommended. Typing is not allowed. The completion of the assignment must be HANDWRITTEN. Each Act will be due the day we take the quiz of that Act (Answers Act 1 will be due on the Act 1 quiz day). Mrs. Edwards also said to keep in mind of “key lines” we find in the text as a troupe to consider for our choral performances at the end of the Macbeth section.

We then listened to two audio versions of Act 1 Scene 1 of Macbeth. The first version was read by normal, modern-day people from LIBRIVOX. The second version was a 1966 BBC Radio broadcast.

We were then given time to read with our troupe and answer the focus questions.

There will be house games this Friday! Don’t forget to complete Blog Post #21 by 8PM tonight, finish answering the focus questions for Act 1 of Macbeth, and prepare for the Act 1 Quiz!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hope you all had a great Tuesday!

Today, Mrs. Edwards started off her class by referring to a significant feature toward the end of the film “Shakespeare and Love”. She talked about one of the last scenes, where a play was being acted out and the audience appeared to be openly engaged with the performance they were watching and how their expressions showed that. According to her, the full experience of a theatre performance is lost if the audience does not express the emotions the performance makes them feel.

Mrs. Edwards then announced that we will be beginning Shakespearean tragedy, Macbeth! We will be going about this part of the new unit by not just reading and analyzing the text, but by speaking and experiencing the story to obtain a more full understanding of the play.

There is a class set of the book we will be utilizing: No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth. This book consists of the original Macbeth text on one page and the following page with a SparkNotes version of the text with contemporary or modern-day English. She recommends the class to purchase their own copies of the book if they want to use it outside of her class.

There has been a long stigma concerning any attempted version of a Macbeth production. Many of those working in theatre have known that at the mention of the word “Macbeth” something with the production goes wrong, which is why it is difficult to find a more current version of the play.

We will be assigned one Act per rotation. We will begin Macbeth third rotation this week (Thursday), take a quiz about Act 1 on Monday, be assigned the following Act on Monday, take the Act 2 quiz on Tuesday, etc. We will finish Macbeth within the course of one week.

The class then played three “Shakespeare games”.

The first one was called “Shakespearean Compliments.” Each student was given a paper with three columns: one with adjectives, another with adjectives, and the last with nouns. All the words were derived from Shakespearean text. The whole class got out of their seats. The objective of the game was to make eye contact with four people (one at a time), and compliment using any combination of one word from each column. 

The second game divided the class into two groups: A and B. Each group was given time, separate from each other, to practice the dialogue of Shakespearean insult lines in chorus with each other. We then insulted each other back and forth in unison with our differentiated groups. We were graded on volume and unison. The group Mrs. Edwards deemed as winner, got homework passes for each individual.

The last game we played was called “32-Second Macbeth”. The class was divided into groups of nine, and were given time to practice for a quick presentation of a short excerpt in Macbeth. The objective was to perform in under thirty-two seconds to get a homework pass.

Mrs. Edwards said that there was no time left to do the last game she had planned for us, but did instruct us to read over page 256 in our Literature textbook to get a good glimpse and feel for the new unit.

Don’t forget to complete Blog Post #21 by Thursday 8PM and bring your textbook for this class on Thursday!