agenda Fri Dec 8: meeting the fathers

learning goal: for Shakespeare’s audiences, ghosts often returned with a purpose.  What seems to be Hamlet’s father’s purpose in returning?  Does he have more than one purpose?

seeing the father in the middle of the night: his purpose? Horatio’s reactions to the ghost?

seeing the step-father in broad daylight: what do we know about him when he starts speaking?  what do we think of him during his opening speech?


agenda Mon Dec 4: collecting our wits

learning goal: from the eleven lines of the “Seems madam?” passage, what do you know about the person saying these lines, what do you imagine about the circumstances?

Proof essay–all eligible for revision, regardless of score on full draft; not required to revise, if satisfied with current score; no revision application required (as described in  normal revision protocol); deadline to submit revision of Proof essay is Wed Dec 13

other past writings–(under 90% on past TURNITIN assignments eligible)–submit application, according to Revision Protocol); application deadline is Wed Dec 6; submission deadline is Wed Dec 13

Nov/Dec blog post (have blogging buddy)–deadline is Wed Dec 13 (see instructions on earlier blog post)

Hamlet passage–TBA





blog post 2 (Nov/Dec) instructions

For this post, I invite you to consider the general topic of TRUST–partly because of the play PROOF.  Some have said that the issue of whom, or how, or when to trust emerges as a secondary theme in the play.  If you accept this invitation, feel free to tie it firmly to particulars in the play itself, or loosely to ideas that come to you after reading, seeing and analyzing the play. (Remember that what you have seen is a film adaptation of the play.  It adds and omits scenes from the original script.  Keep this in mind, as you make references to specific scenes, dialogue, or details.)

If you have another idea to write about in this Nov/Dec blog post, you can connect it to any pieces of our first-semester reading, even if you have discussed one of these pieces in your previous post.  Find a topic that matters to you, and likely matters to other people. In one of my blog posts from last year, which addresses seniors’ thinking about school and learning, I made the distinction between “what counts” in school and “what matters” to students, especially seniors.  This second blog post of yours is a chance to write about something that matters. Feel free to address issues you see in current events, or ones you here being discussed in the social circles you navigate, whether or not the issue clearly links to one of our readings.

Finally, challenge yourself to attach an image to your post–one that either literally or figuratively represents a significant idea in your post.  Have fun with the possibilities.  If you want ideas about how to do this, review your classmates’ October posts.  They show a variety of possibilities.

Deadline for this Nov/Dec post: Wed Dec 13

Revision Protocol.updated 30Nov17

AS LONG AS YOU SUBMIT THE INITIAL ANNOTATED RUBRIC BY Wed Dec 6, 2017. All revisions due to TURNITIN by Wed Dec 13, 2017.
If you have received below a 90% on a TURNITIN assignment and want to revise for an average of the two scores, download and print the corresponding rubric from the links below, or  from the Canvas page called “rubrics, templates, models.”
On this rubric, identify the assignment you want to revise.
Check the same boxes of this rubric that I did on TURNITIN.  On the BACK of the sheet, explain your specific plans for revision, based on the rubric and my marginal comments, both Quickmarks and other comments.
Hand the completed sheet to me, and wait for its return before you start revising.

Once you have submitted your revised assignment to TURNITIN, return the approved rubric to me, as a signal for me to assess the new version.


agenda Thu Nov 16: submit PROOF essay

learning goal: how well do I create transitions between sentences and paragraphs?

if you have time and inclination, check your bearsmail for an annotated copy of Mr. Brown’s intro and first body paragraph (I hope this helps you refine your own essay) 

time to complete Proof essay draft and submit it to TRNTN (on the template, making sure in the footer to acknowledge from other people and/o sources)

next blog post: a Nov/Dec post

Sometime between now and Mon Dec 11, publish the next post to your blog.  Previously, I said we would publish one post per month.  At this particular point in the year, however, I am combining two months, since each (Nov and Dec) has fewer school days.  We’ll likely return to the once-a-month model in the new year.

Remember that these posts are anchored, however lightly or firmly, to our reading–either recent or distant reading.  For example, you may build on an idea from your Jekyll and Hyde reading, or Frankenstein, or Proof, or the early parts of Hamlet.  For another example, you may want to follow-up on your October post.

Although we cannot officially use the label “litmatters” without attribution, this label expresses the spirit of these blog posts throughout the year.  Something you have read, or written about, sparks an idea you’d like to share with a wider, more general audience.  You may, as many of you did for the October post, adapt part of one of your essays.  I don’t mean cut and paste a paragraph.  Instead, though, you can find an idea in one of your essays, then alter it to fit this general audience.

Finally, push yourself to include at least one image with your post–one that creatively focuses readers’ attention on the core of your piece.  Titles can also be fun ways to emphasize a particular idea or angle.