Emmanuel, Ryan S, Max
learning goal: what common threads do you find running through today’s presentations? any insights woven with these threads?
Lane / John Muir
Cole / Nelson Mandela
learning goal: what makes Grendel and his mother monsters? how does this reflect values of the Geats and Danes?
independent reading towards the next goal: line 2000 by Tue Feb 21 (as you read this middle third of the poem, consider this question and these sample lines: What makes a monster? cf. ll. 86, 720, 730)
start individual biography interviews
learning goal: how can I enter the imaginative world of the poem?
guideposts and things to watch for
draw arrows on board-map, showing opening events and people
sounds in modern English (Heaney, line 1 ff.), sounds in Old English (U.Va, line 702b ff.)
meter (xxix; cf. tale of Siegmund 803ff.), kennings (ll. 10, 143, 258, etc.)
thole (lines 14, 411 & xxv-xxvi)
wyrd (xvii) “unknowable but certain”
time to read towards this week’s goal (l. 2000)
learning goal: how do gravediggers’ and Hamlet’s comments on death relate to the play’s themes?
exercise with lines 1-180
read whole scene together
if time, see film
learning goal: how does a character’s response to a situation deepen the audience’s understanding of that person?
R & G report: here’s how they see it, or express it to their new king
C & P prepare to test P’s theory: what is his theory, why that, and how will they test? (what do you imagine C thinks of P’s theory? explain)
2B: why do these thoughts occur to H at this point in the story?
H spuns O (get thee to a nunnery): is this spurning all an act? does he know O is bait to test P’s theory?
C: remove him (does C believe P’s theory? why or why not?) what does he plan in response to his observations?
learning goal: how do you interpret the mixture of genuine and pretended emotions in a character?
In lines 2.2.278-292, how much do you think Hamlet is being genuine with his “friends” and how much is he putting on an act? In other words, how much of the genuine, private Hamlet does he present in this public speech? (Consider what he says when, and how he says these various things.)
time to consult a small cadre of classmates
time to outline your response–with lines copied and cited, from inside and outside of Hamlet’s speech to R & G, his “friends”
learning goal: how are your first impressions of Hamlet reinforced, revised or expanded by his reaction to the Ghost?
journal entry: “Write about it” (p. 46)
“Act out the Ghost’s story” (48)–lines 1.5.59-80
Hamlet’s state of mind (1.5.92-192): what is it, and why does he decide to “put an antic disposition on”? Use lines to support your answers to both questions (the first answer may help explain the second) By end of class, submit handwritten response to this pair of questions. If working with a partner, clearly indicate author and partner.
learning goal: what are your first impressions of the king and queen, and of Hamlet? what lines in particular shape these impressions? what subtext do you find in these characters’ speeches?
small group discussion
whole group discussion
learning goal(s): how does this play resolve its major conflicts/tensions?
Fri D / 11:45
Mon F / 10:30
finish reading the play aloud together
watch for answers to one or more of these questions which are based on conflicts/tensions from the first half of Act One:
Catherine worries she may have some of her father’s tendencies toward mental instability. Why, leaving aside the genetic argument?
Catherine wishes she had more motivation–to do what? Why?
Catherine is losing a sense of self-worth. What is stealing this sense from her?
On the one hand, Catherine seems to want to be by herself, yet on the other hand, she feels lonely. How did she end up in this conflicted condition?
On the one hand, she says her father’s notebooks are gibberish, yet on the other hand, she appears not to want anyone to see them, suggesting that in some way she thinks they have value. What factors cause this tension?
Robert’s death brings several significant conflicts to the forefront of Catherine’s life. What are the one or two most significant of these? In what way(s) do these conflict serve ax the foundation for all others?