Monday, October 30, 2017

Week 7

  • Read:  Act III Scenes 3-5
  • Write:  List all the characters in the play and describe their relationship to Romeo.
    • This is more than just writing "cousin", "friend", or "father".
    • There is a bonus coin available for everyone that uses at least one Simile and one Metaphor in this writing assignment.  Underline them so I can find them more easily.
  • Personal Vocabulary:  Keep adding to it
  • Set Piece:  Keep working on it
  • Plays:  Keep working on it
  • Presentation:  Alonnah
  • BONUS:  Which other Shakespeare play contains the story of Romeo & Juliet?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Week 3

  • Read:  Act I Scenes 4-5.  If you still don't have the book, you can find the play online or in any other book with the unabridged play.
  • Write:  Are elderly people wiser than young people?  Explain and give examples.
  • Plays:  Keep working on getting to 17 plays
  • Set Piece:  Start memorizing
  • Presentation:  Elsa

  • 2 Coins:  Read pages 1-24 in the book.  Expires 10/5
  • 1 Coin:  What is the role of the nurse in the play?  Please answer in complete sentences.  Expires 10/5

Friday, September 22, 2017

Street Brawls, Words, & The Plays

This week in class:


Lecture:  Introduction to the Plays
  • Tragedies -- there are 11.  
  • Comedies -- there are 13.
  • Histories -- there are 7.
  • Problems -- there are 3/

Play Discussion:  Act 1, Scene 1 of Romeo & Juliet
  • Street brawl with swords!
  • Two noble families feuding
  • The Prince of Verona has had it with the two families and forbids any future disturbances.
  • Romeo is a hopeless romantic with an unrequited love -- but he seems to be more in love with the IDEA of love rather than the woman he is pining for (which isn't Juliet at the moment...he hasn't met Juliet, yet.)

Writing Assignment Discussion:  What is the purpose of words?  Do they have power?

We ran out of time to show this video, but it's a great one!

Here's another great video about words and how we use them.

Queen Madeline was crowned Queen of Shakespeare.  Great job, Madeline!

  • Read: Act 1, Scenes 2 & 3 and commentary.  Pages 40-50.
  • Opinion Paper:  What is the purpose of words?  Do they have power?
    • Must complete the writing checklist and turn the paper in on time if you want the paper to count for a coin.  :-)
    • Don't worry about the "Who is your audience?" part of the checklist -- we'll cover that next week.
    • Don't forget to include your rough draft!
  • Sariah & Leila -- presentations
  • Keep working on your 17 plays

  • 2 Coins -- Read pages 1-24 in Romeo & Juliet.  Expires 10/5
  • 1 Coin -- Bonus Question 1:  Give two important facts about Verona.  Expires 9/28.
    • Doesn't need to be an essay, but you do need to use complete sentences.
    • Make sure your name is on the paper so we know who to give credit to.

Presentation Schedule

Shakespeare Fall 2017 Presentation Schedule

Sep 28 -- Sariah - War of the Roses

Sep 28 -- Leila - A Man's Home is His Castle

Oct 5 -- Elsa - Social Position

Oct 12 -- Gwen - What Did Peeps Where?

Oct 19 -- Katie - The life of Queen Elizabeth

Oct 26 -- Levi - What the Heck is a Fork?

Nov 2 -- Alonnah - Myths, Legends, and Mysteries

Nov 9 -- Madisen - Witches, Fairies, and Things That Go Bump in the Night

Nov 16 -- Madeline - Weapons

Nov 30 -- Athen - God, Religion, and Superstition

Dec 7 -- Reina - All in a Day's Work - Jobs

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Welcome to Shakespeare 2017/2018

 Welcome to Shakespeare Conquest!!

We had a great first day of class.  Class requirements were discussed, coin bags were decorated, body language was explored, we got tied up in knots, cake was beheaded, and we had our first coronation!

Queen Elsa was crowned Queen of Shakespeare.  Way to go, Elsa!!


  • Read Act 1, Scene 1 and be ready to discuss in class -- 1 Coin if completed before class.
  • Keep reading, watching, listening to the plays -- you're shooting for 17!   


  • 1 BONUS COIN:  Read the commentary on pages 35 - 39 in the Romeo & Juliet book.  Expires Thursday, 9/21/17
  • 2 BONUS COINS:  Read pages 1-24 in the Romeo & Juliet book. Expires Thursday, 9/28/17

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tomorrow is the Big Day!

I think that you all have been working hard, and you have got this!
Please remember all props and costumes tomorrow at 12:30!
Friday: 12:30 pm arrival, hair, make-up, and costumes followed by dress rehearsal.
            6:00 pm - performance
Saturday: 10:00 am arrival, hair, make-up, and costumes
            12:00 pm - performance followed by cast party
            5:00 pm - performance followed by clean up

Monday, May 1, 2017

Less than Two Weeks Until the Big Days!

Last week we began our class with some (dairy free) brownies to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday which was April 23rd. Then we had some warm-ups and rehearsal.

Rehearsals are going great, and the play is less than two weeks away.  It is the time to have everything that you need for costumes.  Please bring what you have to school on Thursday so our Costume Mistress can see what we have.  We are down to the end.  We are working on details, such as what to do with your hands when acting, and projecting!  I am excited and I hope that you all are also!