due Wed Jan 17: read Act 1, Scenes 4&5

by start of Wednesday’s class, please have read scenes 4 and 5 in Act One

I recommend doing so with “Shakespeare in Bits” (check your bearsmail for login info; bookmark, once you have successfully logged in)




Leaning into Learning

“Even some of his commissions that were completed, or almost so–Genevra de’ Benci and the Mona Lisa, for example–were never delivered to clients. Leonardo clung to his favorite works, carried them with him when he moved, and returned to them when he had new ideas.  He certainly did that with Saint Jerome, and he may have planned to do the same with the Adoration of the Magi, which he entrusted to Ginevra’s brother for safe keeping but never sold or gave away.  He did not like to let go.  That is why he would die with some his masterpieces still near his bedside.  As frustrating as it is to us today, there was a poignant and inspiring aspect to Leonardo’s unwillingness to declare a painting done and relinquish it:  he knew that there was always more he might learn, new techniques he might master, and further inspirations that might strike him.  And he was right. ”   (Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci, 2017, p.86-7; emphasis added)


From one of the model student writings below, what can you learn–for example, about quality writing, about the subject matter, or about yourself as a writer?



Frankenstein Essay (7)

Proof Essay (4)


photo credits:

all images from leonardodavinci.net

except Saint Jerome, found at gettyimages.com

agenda Fri Dec 15: blogs

learning goal: where do I find distinctive voices in my classmates’ blog posts? what specific features distinguishes these voices?

E 9:45-10:05

F 10:20-10:40

FIRST, moderate the comments on your blog.  These comments become visible,, once you approve them.

time to read classmates’ recent blog posts; please leave a respectful/thoughtful/helpful comment on at least one from this section and one from the other class; on behalf of the authors, thank you.