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Welcome. I trust you to know where you need to sit, so choose wisely and have a seat. When the bell rings you should be seated and ready to begin. Agenda. Warm-up Housekeeping Writing Sample Learner Poll and Reflection Who Are We? Goals. August 26. Warm-up: Looking Back

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I trust you to know where you need to sit, so choose wisely and have a seat.

When the bell rings you should be seated and ready to begin.




Writing Sample

Learner Poll and Reflection

Who Are We?


august 26
August 26

Warm-up: Looking Back

Where were you at this time last year? Describe yourself and how you have changed since last year. (Think deeper than…well, I used to have long hair, but now it’s short.)

Make sure to write a full paragraph.

Warm-up continued:

Looking Forward

Where will you be at this time next year? Describe how you think your life will be different. If you don’t think it will be different, explain why.

Make sure to write a full paragraph.

what is a hero
What is a hero?
  • Write a FULL page.
  • Give evidence.
  • Write legibly.
what type of learner are you

What Type of Learner are You?





are you a visual learner
Are you a Visual Learner?
  • They tend to be fast talkers.
  • They exhibit impatience and have a tendency to interrupt.
  • They use words and phrases that evoke visual images.
  • They learn by seeing and visualizing.
are you an auditory learner
Are you an auditory learner?
  • They speak slowly and tend to be natural listeners.
  • They think in a linear manner.
  • They prefer to have things explained to them verbally rather than to read written information.
  • They learn by listening and verbalizing.
are you a read write learner
Are You a read-write learner?
  • They prefer for information to be displayed in writing, such as lists of ideas.
  • They emphasize text-based input and output.
  • They enjoy reading and writing in all forms.
are you a kinesthetic learner
Are you a kinesthetic Learner?
  • They tend to be the slowest talkers of all.
  • They tend to be slow to make decisions.
  • They use all their senses to engage in learning.
  • They learn by doing and solving real-life problems.
  • They like hands-on approaches to things and learn through trial and error.

How do you know what type of learner you are? What is your evidence? What does this mean for you in the classroom? What does this mean for your teacher? Knowing this information about yourself, what do you need to do to be successful in this class?

body bio
Body Bio
  • Heart: Who or what do you hold near and dear to your heart?
  • Spine: What is your goal? What drives you…your thoughts…your actions?
  • Feet: Where are you going? What journey are you on?
  • Mirror: How do people see you? Is this how you see yourself?
  • Color: What color is a symbol of you and why?
  • Write at least 3 goals for this class and a to do list of how to accomplish them.
august 27
August 27

Grab a green book off the shelf. We’ll be using these today. Then, go ahead and get started on the warm-up.

Warm – up: Where do monsters lurk?

What does evil mean to you? Write your own definition of the word and provide some examples of real-life monsters.

  • Characteristics of a hero/monster
  • Research Anglo-Saxon History
  • Define Academic Vocabulary
  • Read Beowulf
  • Text Analysis
  • Your own Heroic Introduction
anglo saxon history
Anglo-Saxon History
  • Read assigned section.
  • Write down interesting facts.
  • Each person shares one with class.
  • Responsible to keep info shared in day book.
academic vocabulary pg 41
Academic Vocabulary – pg 41
  • Epic Poetry
  • Caesura
  • Kenning
  • Alliteration
heroic introduction
Heroic Introduction
  • Greeting
  • Past Victories
  • Current Mission
  • Kennings
  • Alliteration
august 28
August 28

-Take out a sheet of paper (can be a half sheet).

-Name and Date.

-Number 1-5…maybe skip a line or two between.

-Take out pg 15 (if you don’t know what I am talking about, don’t worry about it).

-Clear your desk.

  • Beowulf in Old English
  • Identify Academic Vocabulary in Beowulf
  • New Academic Vocab
  • Compare/Contrast Our Heroes to Beowulf
  • Read Beowulf’s Battle – pg 50
  • Final Reflection
finding academic vocab
Finding Academic Vocab
  • Alliteration
  • Kennings
academic vocab
Academic Vocab
  • Symbol – person, place or object that has a concrete meaning in itself and also stands for something beyond itself, such as an idea or feeling (Ex: Herot)
  • Metaphor – figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily means one thing is applied to another thing to suggest a likeness between the two (Ex: whale road)
  • Scop – professional poet; performances were set musical history lessons, moral sermons, and pep talks
  • Why does Beowulf let Grendel kill a fellow Geat before he jumps into action? Would you have done the same or not? Explain your response.
august 29
August 29

Warm-up: Think of a popular song, radio commercial jingle, or song you remember from childhood for which you know all or most of the words. Write it down and analyze the elements that make the song so memorable.

2 nd period agenda
2nd period Agenda
  • Finish Beowulf and perform it in groups.
  • Academic Vocab
  • Chaucer – pg 142
  • Middle English Prologue Extra Credit
  • Prologue Partners and Body Bio
  • Modern Pilgrim Project
3 rd period agenda
3rd period Agenda
  • 5 minute Beowulf performance prep
  • Beowulf performances
  • Academic Vocab
  • Chaucer – pg 142
  • Middle English Prologue Extra Credit
  • Prologue Partners and Body Bio
  • Modern Pilgrim Project
august 30
August 30

Warm-up: Describe the most interesting person you have ever met.

2 nd period agenda1
2nd period Agenda
  • Academic Vocab
  • Chaucer – pg 142
  • Prologue Partners and Body Bio
  • Middle English Prologue Extra Credit
  • Modern Pilgrim Project
3 rd period agenda1
3rd period Agenda
  • Prologue Partners and Body Bio
  • Middle English Prologue Extra Credit
  • Modern Pilgrim Project
academic vocab1
Academic Vocab
  • Frame story – joins one or more stories within a story
  • Prologue – intro to a literary work; can establish setting and give background
  • Medieval literature – ballads, romances, allegories, and moral tales; most were religious – but some dealt with love, exemplary life and behavior, and political and social issues
  • Ballads – narrative songs (tragic love, domestic conflicts, disastrous wars, shipwrecks, sensational crimes, exploits of outlaws, celebrated historical events, romantic heroes, revenge, rebellion, envy, betrayal, and superstition)
  • Allegories – narrative in which something concrete represents something abstract (Ex. Cowardly Lion; Animal Farm, Pilgrim’s Progress)
  • Dramatic irony – reader knows more than the character
  • Verbal irony – someone says one thing but means another
  • Situational irony – what is expected to happen is not what actually happens
prologue partners
Prologue Partners
  • Knight – pg 146
  • Squire – pg 147
  • Nun – pg 148
  • Monk – pg 149
  • Worthy Woman – pg 156
  • Parson – pg157
  • Plowman – pg 158
  • Miller – pg 159
  • Summoner – 161
  • Pardoner – pg 162
  • Friar – pg 150
  • Oxford Cleric – pg 152
  • Yeoman – pg 147
modern pilgrim project
Modern Pilgrim Project
  • Front Cover
    • Picture (drawing or collage)
    • Title
    • Author’s Name
  • Description of Pilgrim
    • Status in life (student/celebrity/politician)
    • Physical description
    • 20 lines of rhyming couplets
  • The Tale
    • 2 or more pages (double-spaced) 3 if written
    • Reflection of the character
    • Moral or message
  • About the Author
    • 2 paragraphs
september 3
September 3


“Money is the root of all evil.”

Do you agree/disagree? Why?

  • New AcadVocab
  • Analyze modern depiction of greed
  • Re-read Pardoner’s Prologue
  • Read Pardoner’s Tale and complete analysis
  • Compare/Contrast Pardoner’s Tale to modern depiction
  • Final Reflection
  • HW
    • Day books due on Monday September 9
    • Test Monday September 9
    • Be ready to write a resume tomorrow
    • Flash drive
academic vocab2
Academic Vocab
  • Iambic pentameter – line of poetry with 5 meters, or 10 syllables
  • Characterization - techniques an author uses to develop characters including description of the character’s appearance; character’s speech, thoughts, and actions; responses of other characters to the character; and direct comments from the narrator.
  • Satire - a literary work that ridicules its subject in order to make a comment or criticism about it

Why is the theme of the Pardoner’s Tale still being repeated today? Describe another source (TV show, song, book, etc) where you have seen this theme repeated.

(Casino, Jerry Maguire, Slumdog Millionaire, Do You Want to be a Millionaire, The Lorax, A Christmas Carol, “Billionaire,” “Bills-Bills-Bills,” “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”)

september 4
September 4


Grammar Diagnostic


-Cover Page

-Table of Contents


september 5
September 5


Grammar Diagnostic



-Pilgrim Project

project rubric
Project Rubric
  • Front Cover Picture: 5 _____
  • Front Cover Title: 5 _____
  • Front Cover Name: 5 ______
  • Pilgrim Physical Description: 5 ______
  • Pilgrim Psychological Description: 5 ______
  • Description Length: 5 _______
  • Description Rhyme: 5 _______
  • Story Length: 10 ______
  • Story Moral: 10 _____
  • Story Reflection of Character: 10 ______
  • About the Author Length: 10 _______
  • Grammar, Mechanics, etc.: 15 _______
  • Appearance: 10 ______
  • Total: _______/100
the real housewife
The Real Housewife

By: Mrs. Gillespie

the real housewife1
The Real Housewife

Last to sleep, first to rise

The one who soothes the babies cries

She scrambles the eggs and toast the bread

Making sure her family’s fed…

The tale I will tell may surprise you

But believe me, the tale I tell is true

the real housewife s tale
The Real Housewife’s Tale

Every morning Jack is up before the sun. He takes a shower, gets dressed, and heads to the kitchen for a bite to eat. He rarely sits for lack of time, and usually grabs his food and hurries outside.

about the author
About the Author

Sarah Gillespie was born in Miami, Florida. Her parents were immigrants from Cuba when they were young. She has two older sisters and a younger sister. In high school, she hated English and enjoyed playing volleyball, softball, and basketball…

She graduated from UNCC in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. In 2013, she completed her Education Degree…

september 6
September 6


Would you rather spend the rest of your life with someone who is ugly and faithful OR beautiful and unfaithful? Why?

What do women want?

  • 2nd period: Turn in creative writing HW
  • Text Book Logins
  • Go over day book requirements
  • Return work
  • Create grade tracker for day book
  • Discuss constructed response and textual evidence
  • Review academic vocab
  • Practice Prologue – possible extra credit for test and project
  • Discuss products
  • Read Wife of Bath’s Tale – pg 183
  • Wife Theme Questions
september 9
September 9

-No warm-up

-Take out Study Guide for Test

-Turn In Day Books/NoteBooks; make a stack in the front

  • View and Analyze Wife of Bath
  • Go over Beowulf Quiz
  • Go over Study Guide
  • Take Beowulf/Chaucer Test
wife of bath viewing and analysis
Wife of Bath Viewing and Analysis
  • Wife of Bath
  • What was the knight’s crime?
  • What was his punishment?
  • According to the wife, what do women want?
  • How do you know the knight learned his lesson?
  • Did the knight get what he deserved?
  • What is the moral of the story?
2 nd period beowulf quiz
2nd Period Beowulf Quiz
  • Grendel is a descendent of what man? Cain
  • Is Beowulf a Geat or a Dane? Geat
  • How does Beowulf kill Grendel? Rip him to pieces
  • What symbolic gesture does Beowulf do after his battle with Grendel? Hang up his arm
  • What is the name of the mead-hall? Herot
3 rd period beowulf quiz
3rd Period Beowulf Quiz
  • Is Beowulf a Dane or a Geat? Geat
  • What impression of Beowulf does the poet convey through Beowulf’s opening remarks to Hrothgar? Bold and confident; many heroic deeds; proud
  • Why does Beowulf come to see Hrothgar? Volunteer to kill Beowulf
  • What were the warriors doing in Herot when Grendel attacked? Sleeping because they had been drinking
  • Grendel is a descendent of what man? Cain
september 10
September 10

Good Morning.

  • Finish test – 15-20 min
  • New AcadVocab
  • Sonnet Notes
  • Paraphrase Sonnets
  • Create Visual Representations
acad vocab
  • Sonnet – 14 line lyric poem
  • Octave – first 8 lines
  • Sestet – last 6 lines
  • Quatrains – stanzas of 4 lines
  • Couplet – 2 lines
  • Petrarchan Sonnet – abbaabbacdcdcd
    • Octave that establishes situation
    • Sestet that resolves, draws conclusion about or expresses reaction to situation
  • Shakespearean Sonnet – ababcdcdefefgg
    • 1ST Quatrain introduces situation
    • 2nd Quatrain explores the situation
    • 3rd Quatrain usually includes a turn or shift in thought
    • Couplet resolves the situation
  • Iambic pentameter – line of poetry with 5 meters, or 10 syllables
september 11
September 11

Good Morning.

  • Turn in your Product Description
  • HW – We are making a timeline tomorrow
  • Sonnet Partner Work
sonnet partner work you must finish today
Sonnet Partner Work You must Finish TODAY!
  • Sonnet Number
  • Author
  • Identify the rhyme scheme
  • Paraphrase the sonnet
  • Create a visual representation of the sonnet
    • Spencer
      • Sonnet 30 – pg 320
      • Sonnet 75 – pg 321
    • Shakespeare
      • Sonnet 29 – pg 328
      • Sonnet 116 – pg 329
      • Sonnet 130 – pg 330
    • Petrach
      • Sonnet 90 – pg 336
      • Sonnet 292 – pg 337
september 12
September 12


1. Behind every great man is a great woman.

2. Witches, demons, and evil spirits actually exist.

3. Sometimes it is necessary to do something wrong to get what you want.

4. What goes around comes around.

5. There are circumstances or events that justify murder.

6. Success is worth any price.

7. Criminals can still feel love, fear, and concern for other people.

8. One mistake always leads to another.

9. A guilty conscious will destroy you.

10. Greed and ambition are the same.

  • The Globe
  • Finish Sonnets and Present
  • Shakespeare Quotes
  • Shakespeare academic vocab
  • Macbeth Cast of Characters
  • Read Act 1 Scene 1 pg 350
  • Compare/Contrast with Audio and Visual Productions
  • Analyze Act 1 Quotes
  • Bring the research back tomorrow
shakespeare quotes
Shakespeare Quotes
  • "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him". Quote (Julius Caesar Act III, Scene II).
  • "But, for my own part, it was Greek to me". - Julius Caesar Quote (Act I, Scene II).
  • "To be, or not to be: that is the question". Hamlet quote (Act III, Sc. I).
  • "This above all: to thine own self be true" Hamlet quote (Act I, Sc. III).
  • "Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't." Haml
  • "Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."
  • Romeo and Juliet ( Quote Act II, Scene II).
  • "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". Romeo and
  • Juliet ( Quote Act II, Sc. II).
  • "‘T’is neither here nor there." Othello Quote (Act IV, Scene III).
  • "I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at". Othello Quote (Act I, Scene I).et quote (Act II, Scene II).

The intention of tragedy is to exemplify the idea that human beings are doomed to suffer, fail, or die because of their own flaws, destiny, or fate.

P 342

tragic hero
Tragic Hero
  • Main character who does not live happily ever after
  • Usually significant in society – king or queen
  • Amazing abilities but his faults lead to his demise
tragic flaw
Tragic Flaw

A bad decision or character limitation that leads to the ruin of the character


The power the hero must battle


The author’s message

comic relief
Comic Relief

Funny scene following a serious one

blank verse
Blank Verse

Unrhymed iambic pentameter

iambic pentameter
Iambic Pentameter

Line of poetry containing five meters; unstressed syllable followed by stressed syllable


an alone character on stage shares his thoughts with the audience


a statement made by a character to the audience or another character that is unheard by other characters on stage

dramatic irony
Dramatic Irony

When the audience knows something the characters do not


Hints to something that may happen later

situational irony
Situational Irony

when one thing is expected but another thing occurs


A comparison made by referring to one thing as another

Example: “No man is an island.”


The feeling the reader gets by reading the story


The author’s use of words to paint a picture or appeal to the reader’s senses


A recurring element that serves as a symbol for the piece


something that stands for something else

inverted sentences
Inverted Sentences

Normal word order is reversed

Example: In her hand are two red roses.


A statement that contradicts itself

Example: This is the beginning of the end.

macbeth cast of characters
Macbeth Cast of Characters
  • Macbeth - a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis
  • Lady Macbeth - Macbeth’s wife
  • Banquo - a general
  • King Duncan - good King of Scotland
  • Macduff - a Scottish nobleman
  • Malcolm - son of Duncan
  • Hecate - goddess of witchcraft
  • Fleance - Banquo’s son
  • Lennox - a Scottish nobleman.
  • Ross - a Scottish nobleman.
  • Porter - drunken doorman of Macbeth’s castle.
  • Lady Macduff - Macduff’s wife
  • Donalbain - Duncan’s son and Malcolm’s younger brother.
act i scene 1
Act I Scene 1
  • Audio
  • Older Movie
  • Newer Movie
  • Movie with a twist
september 13
September 13

Macbeth Journal #1

Write a full page.

What is your highest ambition? What are you willing to do to get there?

  • Macbeth Journals
  • Analyze Lady Macbeth
  • Reading Guide for Act 1-2
  • Schoology Discussion Question – due Wed
    • 2nd = FT2RT-HRKHQ
    • 3rd = 2S96J-2XHFS

Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth 2

Lady Macbeth 3


What words would you use to describe Lady Macbeth?

  • How does Macbeth’s appearance compare or contrast to how he was described earlier in the play?
  • How would you compare Macbeth’s appearance to Lady Macbeth’s?
  • What does Lady Macbeth’s physical position symbolize?